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Book Review: The Average American Male

Monday, July 5th, 2010
The Average American Male

What do us men really think about women, relationships and sex? If you’re a woman reading The Average American Male, you might afterwards decide to take thee to a nunnery and vow never to set sight on the male form again. True, Chad Kultgen’s debut novel from 2007 doesn’t paint man with the brightest of colours but, for me, his book is one of the most addictive, outlandish and hilarious reads to cross my path.

The unnamed narrator of The Average American Male is in his late-twenties, is in a relationship with a girl he no longer likes, and spends almost every spare minute thinking about sex and getting friendly with himself. He also plays a lot of video games and hangs out with his friends at bars and parties.

This might not sound like much of a premise, but Kultgen has created a work that will resonate with men worldwide.

His observations about relationships are at times both accurate and very funny. On one occasion, he’s  driving his girlfriend to the airport. She’s doing his head in with incessant chatter about trivial matters.

“She keeps talking about things as I stare down the road trying to imagine what the couple in the car in front of us is talking about. I can see the silhouette of the woman in the passenger seat. She’s kind of flailing her arms around and every once in a while pointing at the guy driving, who’s completely motionless, staring straight ahead and probably looking at the car in front of him wondering what the woman in that car’s passenger seat is saying to the guy driving.”

Some people will read The Average American Male and not “get it”. They will say that the main character is a man of no values with few redeemable qualities, that the book’s other main characters aren’t properly fleshed out, and that the novel presents a one-dimensional and pitiful view of men who see women as mere sex objects.

But these people are only partly correct. Although a novel, The Average American Male is saturated with the sort of frank honesty that should be applauded. Kultgen has produced the sort of book that few people would have the balls (no pun intended) to write. He has written on paper—albeit in a somewhat exaggerated and tongue in cheek fashion—exactly what men often think but don’t say. He also succeeds, from a man’s perspective, in delivering an ending that speaks volumes about relationships and how they evolve—or dissolve—after time.

Sexually explicit (and by no means intended for a young audience), extremely funny and vile, this is a book that will mainly appeal to young men who have “loved” and lost and “loved” again. If you’ve read the factual  I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, note that this has a similar style except that it is a novel, and is infinitely more funny, intelligent and addictive. Highly recommended.

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A Great Way to Market and Sell a Book

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

After complaining about the lack of “comedy memoirs” on the market in last month’s blog, I came across an interesting website.

Mentally Incontinent (http://www.mentallyincontinent.com) is the brainchild of Joe Peacock who began writing stories about his life in 2002 and placing them on his site. The genius of Joe’s site is that he allowed (and still does) readers to vote for their favourite stories, and the ones with the most votes were placed in a self-published book of the same name in 2005.

His book eventually found its way into the hands of an editor at Penguin/Gotham and, as a result, Joe will release the follow-up book Mentally Incontinent: That Time I Burned Down a Hooters, That Time My Stalker Crashed on My Couch, and Nine Other Stories from My Weird Life in November.

Joe’s stories centre on all manner of misadventures (with some similarities to Lord of the Rams in terms of subject matter) that he has lived out over the years. In fact the stories remind me of Tucker Max’s infamous I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell book, but I think Joe’s stories will perhaps appeal to a broader audience since they have a much wider focus than Tucker’s funny but somewhat one-dimensional tales.

Hats off to Joe for a fantastic web-enabled idea. By facilitating online interaction from his readers, Joe has created a fan base for his books that sees his new offering sitting in Amazon’s Top 5 pre-sales humour chart. I will certainly be keeping a look out for this book in the near future (as well as picking up the original).

Joe’s first book can be purchased via a number of websites, including Amazon. And his infamous Wal-Mart revenge story (http://www.mentallyincontinent.com/article120.html) is just one of the funny stories from that book! Read more on his website http://www.mentallyincontinent.com.







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