Thursday, January 27, 2011
Publisher/Format: Hyperion, e-book, 192 pages
Source: public library download
Whoopi Goldberg needs no introduction as a TV/Movie media personality. But who knew she could write? This charming short collection of opinions on modern life and its plentitude of rudeness, ignorance, and just plain nastiness is sure to appeal to those of us in the Baby Boom generation, whose mommas would have whooped us upside the head if we'd ever behaved like this. She presents a series of observations about what is wrong with society today, and offers suggestions on how we as a group of caring humans could perhaps help to affect a change.
Her topics range from those who dare to clip their toenails on the subway, or wear too much perfume in closed in situations such as offices, elevators and car-pools, or talk on cell phones in church, or who chat their way loudly through a movie, to so-called 'soccer parents' who shout demeaning curses at coaches, to bozos who block the view at graduations so they can get a video of their child, to road rage, and the responsibility to teach children basic manners.
As one would expect from the garrulous Ms. Goldberg, her remarks are pointed, pithy, and spot-on. She even provides us with a series of tests (ala various women's magazines of old) to allow us to score ourselves on our parking, texting, traveling, stadium, sideline, offensive language, and bullying behaviors. Adding up the scores, the reader is then able to ascertain whether he is "CIVIL, BORDERLINE BONEHEAD, or ASSHOLIAN" (pg. 184.)
And....contrary to what many would expect, she actually manages to present all this with nary a "bad" word. It's a thoroughly enjoyable, and for many of us, affirming read. I just wish everybody could get on board with her/our sentiments.
If you're not sure whether you'll like reading in a e format, this is a perfect book to try. The essays are short, there's lots of white space, and the editors have done a terrific job of typesetting and layout.