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Title: I Am Sorry To Think I Have Raised A Timid Son

Rating: 4 Stars

This is a set of essays by Kent Russell.

Essays are very much a hit and miss with me. As a middle-aged white guy, it goes without saying that David Foster Wallace is the standard against which all are compared. It also goes without saying that no one meets that impossible standard. He truly was unique.

Having said that, this was better than most. This was very much targeted at the white male audience. There are a long running series of stories that center around his relationship with his father. They were amusing, however, at the end of the day, they boil down to a relationship better and more humorously and more succinctly described with the Shit My Dad Says twitter account.

The other stories are about men in strange environments. He writes about attending the Juggalo gathering, interviewing a person who’s made a career of developing snake immunity to the extent that he regularly has live snakes bite him (he gets very sick and swells up dangerously, but apparently a lot of alcohol is very helpful in the recovery), interview / discourse on hockey enforcers, an interview with one of the developers of modern horror gore, hanging around with the Amish, and spending probably too much time on an island effectively populated by only one man (who understandably is quite odd).

He has a good voice. His stories are interesting and amusing. It’s definitely oriented towards a male reader. Being a male reader, I definitely enjoyed it.

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