A hilarious collection inspired by a former Saturday Night Live writer's real experiences in Hollywood, chronicling the absurdity of fame and the humanity of failure in a world dominated by social media influencers and reality TV stars. Simon Rich is "one of the funniest writers in America" (Daily Beast)-a humorist who draws comparisons to Douglas Adams (New York Times Book Review) and James Thurber and P. G. Wodehouse (Guardian). With Hits and Misses, he's back with a hilarious new collection of stories about dreaming big and falling flat, about ordinary people desperate for stardom and the stars who are bored by having it all. Inspired by Rich's real experiences in Hollywood, Hits and Misses chronicles all the absurdity of fame and success alongside the heartbreaking humanity of failure. From a bitter tell-all by the horse Paul Revere rode to greatness to a gushing magazine profile of everyone's favorite World War II dictator, these stories roam across time and space to skewer our obsession with making it big-from the days of ancient Babylon to the age of TMZ.
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by Simon Rich
by Rich Cohen
by Daniel Price
by Davis Bunn
by Simon R. Green
by Simon Kurt Unsworth
by Brad Taylor
by James Edward Austen-Leigh
by Peter Lovesey
by Alan Moore
"The brief comic pieces in this collection, often starting from an absurd or fantastic premise, are mostly hits, but Simon Rich's narration is a near-miss. He does get the humor across, and some of the emotions, but he doesn't have the acting skill or technique to put across the occasional line that actually has dramatic weight. While his comic timing and emphasis are good enough, he uses the same tone--intentionally ironically flat--too often and doesn't differentiate characters at all, so everyone sounds the same. While usually articulate and expressive, he occasionally rushes words and swallows parts of them. Rich's narration is adequate but does little to enhance his stories. W.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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