Rating: 2 1/2 stars
With what must be an exhaustive list of small victories, Andy Selsberg manages to verbally-illustrate the dumbing-down of America.
Via endless enumeration, Selsberg sets the bar even lower for the idle and unmotivated, enabling their slothful ways in an attempt to make them feel good about the fact that they are talentless and unproductive.
After making note that we have lost the ability to make a significant impact on the world—such as no longer having the masonry know-how to build another Chrysler Building—Selsberg suggests that the adept-challenged take comfort in their skillful prowess to do such things as: film cats doing silly things, noticing pedicures, or sensing how many sheets the stapler can handle.
The ironically interesting thing here is that Mr. Selsberg is creative enough to come up with so many mundane and benign activities masquerading as accomplishments, that it’s actually a pretty impressive achievement in its own right.
Though most people will view this book for the tongue-in-cheek satire that it is, others will no doubt see it as the long-awaited validation they’ve been craving.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Perigee Trade; Original edition (April 3, 2012)