Intimacy Idiot

Intimacy Idiot

Book - 2015
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From an award-winning playwright "who splits the difference between David Rakoff and Larry David" ( New York magazine)--a "compulsively readable debut" ( Time Out New York ) of big-hearted, laugh-until-you-can't-breathe essays, stories, and riffs on finding love and intimacy in New York City.

Since moving to New York a decade ago, award-winning writer and performer Isaac Oliver has pined for countless strangers on the subway, slept with half the people in his Washington Heights neighborhood, and observed the best and worst of humanity from behind the glass of a Times Square theater box office. Whether he's hooking up with a man who dresses as a dolphin, suffering on airplanes and buses next to people with Food From Home, or hovering around an impenetrable circle of attractive people at a cocktail party, Oliver captures the messy, moving, and absurd moments of urban life as we live it today. In this uproariously funny debut collection, he serves up a comedic cornucopia of sketches, vignettes, lists, and diaries from his life as a young, fanciful, and extremely single gay man in New York City.

"Oliver has mastered the art of self-deprecation...he can find humor and heart in the unlikeliest of places," raves Entertainment Weekly . Culled from years of heartbreak, hook-ups, and more awkwardness than a virgin at prom and a whore in church (and he should know because he's been both), Intimacy Idiot chronicles Oliver's encounters with love, infatuation, resilience, and self-acceptance that echo our universal desire for intimacy of all kinds.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476746678
1476746672
9781476746661
1476746664
Branch Call Number: 812.6 OLI
Characteristics: ix, 274 pages ; 22 cm

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ser_library Sep 14, 2017

best read one essay a day rather than all at once

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Frybyte
Nov 24, 2015

Got bored, the tone doesn't change, the stories all 'read funny' but really aren't always so. And too many times you know the endings, way too many times.
Cute by half and you don't have to read it front to back it's not a continuous story, so there's no development of the character, he remains a foolish gay guy throughout.

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hypermutable
Jul 09, 2015

Super fast read... hilarious. Found myself laughing, out loud, on the bus.

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