Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice (Paperback)
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The Believer magazine presents a compendium of advice from producers, writers, and actors of The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Late Show with David Letterman, The Hangover, and The Colbert Report, along with other musicians, cartoonists, New Yorker writers, and those similarly unqualified to offer guidance.
Here Amy Sedaris describes the perfect murder for unwanted hermit crabs—you will need a piece of meat and a brick. Simon Rich explains how to avoid being found dead in your underwear by firemen—buy some long johns. Zach Galifianakis provides insight into how he changed his name without a social security card—he just started calling himself Adam Zapple, and it stuck. Bob Saget finally illuminates what “friends with benefits” really means—a nonsexual relationship wherein your ex makes monetary deposits into your bank account.
Rob Baedeker, Anne Beatts, Elizabeth Beckwith, Jerri Blank, Roz Chast, Louis C.K., Mike Doughty, Dave Eggers, Rich Fulcher, Zach Galifianakis, Dan Guterman, Anthony Jeselnik, Julie Klausner, Lisa Lampanelli, Nick Hornby, Sam Lipsyte, Liam Lynch, Merrill Markoe, Rose McGowan, Misc. Canadian rock musicians, Laraine Newman, The Pleasure Syndicate, Bob Powers, Simon Rich, Bob Saget, George Saunders, Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer, Amy Sedaris, Allison Silverman, Paul Simms, Brendon Small, Jerry Stahl, Scott Thompson, Fred Willard, Cintra Wilson, Weird Al Yankovic, and Alan Zweibel
About the Author
The Believer is a magazine offering essays, interviews, reviews, and advice, the latter of which appears in the form of a monthly column called “Sedaratives.” The Sedaratives column, which started in May 2005 with advice by Amy Sedaris, gave rise to this book.
Mike Sacks is on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair magazine. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Salon, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Vice, and other publications. Sacks is the author of three books: And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers; SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk; and Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason.
Eric Spitznagel is a contributing editor for The Believer magazine, where he cocreated (along with Amy Sedaris) the Sedaratives column. He’s also the author of six books and a frequent contributor to Playboy and Vanity Fair. He has one more testicle than Hitler, which he considers a moral victory.
“I am an advice columnist, which means I get a lot of e-mail from people with problems. Some of those problems are serious and thought-provoking and require answers that are carefully weighed and considered. Others are . . . well, obvious. . . . I tend not to answer the most obvious questions, but when I do, I try to be empathetic. Sometimes it’s hard. And that’s why an evil grin spread across my face (think: Mr. Burns on The Simpsons) when I got my hands on Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars? A Believer Book of Advice. The usually brilliant Believer magazine has a wonderful column created by comedian Amy Sedaris called ‘Sedaratives,’ which features very funny answers to purposefully ridiculous questions. . . . If only I could answer questions with that kind of thoughtfulness. I’m kidding. Sort of.” —Meredith Goldstein, The Boston Globe
“Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice is so much more than just a well-titled tome. It’s . . . an essential compendium of (not particularly serious) advice.” —Smith Journal
“Operation Enduring Cleverness: launch.” —Justin Moyer, Washington City Paper
“Advice columns aren’t exactly hard to come by. Advice columns managed by celebrities are a little tougher. But advice columns managed by comedians who may or may not have the slightest idea what they’re talking about? Now we’re getting somewhere. How about advice from a surlier-than-average Louis C.K., an enthusiastically verbose George Saunders, or a delightfully befuddled Fred Willard? Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars? is a collection of some of the best responses from The Believer magazine’s advice column. Guest-managed by some of the sharpest stand-up comics and writers working today . . . it is jam-packed with silliness, sarcasm, and wit. . . . The overall effect is a lot of chuckling and some well-deserved laugh-out-loud moments. . . . A perfect flip-through book for the comedians you know and love, and a solid introduction for those you don’t.” —Glenn Dallas, San Francisco Book Review
“In all the years of her advice-giving career, it is unlikely Ann Landers was ever faced with a question like ‘Is Jesus a lot of hype?’ The same goes for her sister; a special no-prize goes to the person who can find the newspaper column that starts with ‘Dear Abby, What kind of superheroes do you think get laid the most?’ Luckily, for the queries that can’t—or won’t—be answered by any other source, we have Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice. If there’s anyone you can trust for sage counsel, it’s celebrities of every sort. Actors, comedians, writers and musicians, have all the answers for the problems of life you didn’t even know you were worried about. . . . Oh, wait, were you wanting real advice? You’ll find none of that here, but you will get a criminal amount of laughter.” —Andy Bockelman, Galo Magazine
“Aberrant. Off-the-wall. Well-drawn. And very, very funny. . . . Apatow’s opening sets the tone, and the contributors? They seal the deal. Kristen Schall, Louis C.K., Zach Galifanaki, Dave Eggers, Amy Sedaris, Cintra Wilson, Sam Lipsyte and on and on and on. It’s the sort of super hip cast of celebrities that should make your eyes roll but instead make you laugh out loud. It’s a terrific—though mostly pointless—book. I couldn’t get enough.” —Jones Atwater, January Magazine
“[A] selection of humorous pieces from famous, infamous and unknown comedians. Each comedian was asked to write a humorous advice column. The result is anything but Dear Abby, as writers prove once again that dark humor is often the funniest.” —Examiner.com