We’ve all tripped in front of a crush or spilled coffee on ourselves or overslept on that one day we needed to be early, but these foibles are nothing compared to the spectacular, hilariously rendered portraits of Aisha Tyler’s epic fails. Known to many from her podcast Girl on Guy, or from being on The Talk, or voice turns as Lana Kane in Archer and several video games, or her standup, or as the one black person on Friends that time, or perhaps the new Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Tyler’s talents and ability to laugh are boundless. More than an exercise in bar topping stories, this book is a fascinating look at her singularly determined life. Watching how a black, socially conscious, nerdy, and adventurous girl with little supervision grows up to be one of the funniest and sexiest women ever makes this book well worth the read. This is a lady for the new world: ready to make you laugh, kick your ass, triumph at trivia, save the planet, and get us all to be a little more honest about that time we peed our pants.
After years of being the stuff of legends, David Foster Wallace & Mark Costello's discussion of being white boys who find themselves in love with the art of rap is back for our reading pleasure. Signifying Rappers may be born out of their discomfort, but these excellent writers use their awareness of being white boys in Cambridge Mass. loving a music foreign to their lives to discuss what new movements in music have always offered us: freedom, revolution, and pleasure. The book captures a golden moment in the lives of two stunning authors, a summer where their minds flexed and issued challenged musicians and music journalists alike to take seriously both the art of rap and the cultural role of music itself.
The Irish Potato Famine took the lives of thousands, caused a mass migration, and fueled a revolution. But how did it happen? John Kelly's The Graves Are Walking explores the period of the famine, the savage political climate and the brutal racism, that made such an event possible. Kelly's writing is swift and aggressive as it analyses how science was leaping forward discoveries but not practice as bacteria allowed the British to nearly destroy a people. Kelly unflinchingly examines how the Irish/ British class has shaped our world and what events as devastating as this have done to our perception of being human.