Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason

Ever accidentally sent a mass e mail to your office describing your Not Safe For Work fantasy kingdom Or been confused about the ground rules at a cuddle party Looking to rent an overpriced room in the Hamptons from a co dependent sociopath with a checkered past and a hot tub Good.Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason collects Mike Sacks s unique humor pieces CraigslistEver accidentally sent a mass e mail to your office describing your Not Safe For Work fantasy kingdom Or been confused about the ground rules at a cuddle party Looking to rent an overpriced room in the Hamptons from a co dependent sociopath with a checkered past and a hot tub Good.Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason collects Mike Sacks s unique humor pieces Craigslist ads, lesser known tantric positions, letters to famous authors, Shaft living in the suburbs, a classic rock DJ suffering a nervous breakdown, the occasional list into one handsome, convenient volume Originally published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and McSweeney s, among other venerable publications, Sacks s writing is original and sharp, yet broadly funny Whether it s a groom tweeting his wedding and honeymoon in real time, or a publisher offering editorial suggestions for The Diary of Anne Frank, Sacks s work tangles contemporary social satire with his absurdist sensibilities.
Your Wildest Dreams Within Reason Ever accidentally sent a mass e mail to your office describing your Not Safe For Work fantasy kingdom Or been confused about the ground rules at a cuddle party Looking to rent an overpriced room in th

  • Title: Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason
  • Author: Mike Sacks
  • ISBN: 9781935639022
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason”

    1. There are bits in this book that had me laughing and laughing quite heartily. Unfortunately, those bits were a little few and far between, even in a book that's pretty quick to read.Some of the author's shtick really wore thin pretty quickly. While there were a few dozen different pieces assembled here from various sources, it really seemed like it was the same three or four gimmicks dressed in different clothing.The most tedious of these are advertisements or letters written by someone of quest [...]

    2. As with a lot of the McSweeney's author books, this one has a bunch of hits, a bunch of misses, although some of the hits were the falling-out-of-the-chair-laughing type. In the former group: "Reasons You're Still Single," which can actually make me laugh just thinking of it; and "My Parents, Enid and Sal, Used to Be Famous Porn Stars." In the latter group: "Geoff Sarkin is Using Twitter!" (which might have been funny three years ago or so but now is just kind of tired) and "Saw You on the Q Tra [...]

    3. This book was terrible! It had sooooome funny parts, no more than a total of ten pages I would say, and the writing was horrendous. Not funny, stupid, I'm ashamed Captain America is on the cover.

    4. Instead of reviewing Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason (by Mike Sacks) I would like to review one of the blurbs praising the book. David Miner says: "Why surf the web for hours trying (unsucesfully) to find something funny, when you can just pick up this book and surf Mike Sacks' brilliant brain? Funny tweets, texts, stories, lists, confessions, rules, and even dirty pictures all between these two covers, with no cookies or pop-ups." While I agree with the spirit of this blurb, and indeed, woul [...]

    5. "Worst Places to Die: On a toilet in a Barnes and Noble, reading this book." - Thoughts on Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason by Mike SacksThere's something about reading award-winning books and novels on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list that makes me want to read really loony books in-between. Well, not really - maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to pick up and read Mike Sacks' Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason.A collection of short stories, lists, and illustrations spanning [...]

    6. Mike Sacks is a funny guy, and if you’re into stuff like McSweeney’s online whatever-the-hell-they-call-it, you’ll enjoy this book.The book does suffer a bit from a couple of comedy diseases that are really prevalent.The first, Onion Fatigue Syndrome, a disease commonly found within the pages of joke newspaper the Onion, is all about how you read comedy. The Onion, like this book, is absolutely hilarious in small-to-medium doses. But if you read the entirety of the Onion front-to-back, you [...]

    7. Excerpt from my longer review at BlogCriticsblogcritics/books/article/book-review-your-wildest-dreams-within/Clearly, there is no danger of Mike Sacks growing up any time soon. He delights in imagining the world much funnier than most of us. His playful approach to reality could fill a thousand pages and still be fresh and funny.From satire to silly, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason might make you think: “I’d be so cool if I was as funny as Mike.” But you’re not, so be satisfied with h [...]

    8. A lot of potential here, but ultimately it's a lot of the same. There's a say at the UCB that "blue doesn't show up on blue," meaning that something's not crazy if it's surrounded by crazy. There's a bunch of crazy in this book, many kinds, but little justification for the crazy. In fact, some of the pieces are literally lists of crazy (not silly, not goofy, but plain crazy) lines.I do wonder if these pieces work better on their own and not as a collection, but even individually each piece has l [...]

    9. I read this because I absolutely loved his non-fiction book, And Here's the Kicker. This book wasn't as enjoyable. Many of the pieces were okay, but none of them really won me over, and the collection felt repetitive. There were a lot of clever and erudite pieces, and I wonder if they might work better in the publications where they first appeared.

    10. Loved Poking a Dead Frog, so I was really looking forward to reading some of Sack's own material. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. I felt like Homer Simpson when he was watching Prairie Home Companion and pounding on the TV saying, "Be funny". I really wanted something in here to be funny, but it just didn't turn out that way.

    11. Like many novelty humor books, the novelty & humor ran out before the book did. Much of it was clever, but my preference is not to milk jokes way past funny. By the end I wasn't sure why I'd stuck withit. There were parts I really liked, but they didn't warrant the work it took to find them. Sorry, Mike!

    12. This is a GoodReads First Reads review:The good news is that I love the title and the cover. The end.I obviously do not share the author's sense of humor.A fellow GoodReads user, Randall (/randallghauk), took the words right out of my mouth:"[]Some of the author's shtick really wore thin pretty quickly. While there were a few dozen different pieces assembled here from various sources, it really seemed like it was the same three or four gimmicks dressed in different clothing.The most tedious of t [...]

    13. If you think it’s hard to make someone laugh using only dark, “nearly midnight” words on a white “with just a hint of sepia” page (as I sometimes do), Mike Sacks makes it look easy. One of my favorite pieces, “Saw You On the Q Train,” takes the ingenious format of a missed connections classified, which then spins wildly out of control over a fight about a porch swing. Sacks’ lists are honed like a prison shiv, only they’re much funnier. “Game Show Catchphrases That Never Quit [...]

    14. I've tried and failed to finish this for years. It's one of those books that I saw and loved the idea of, yet it never really panned out in actual practice. I've no doubt that some will absolutely love the book to tatters. I'm just not one of them. Part of this is that the stories all seem to think of themselves as far more clever than they actually are. I kept flipping through this because I'd find one or two things that were cute enough to give me hope that there were more funny or quirky stor [...]

    15. Another book in the "I didn't finish this" category. While the ideas themselves were charming, I never found it laugh-out-loud funny; it generally only reached, lip curling into a small smile funny. After the first few entries I became bored with the book. It all felt very one-note. In a sense it was the same joke being told over and over in different forms, but not different enough to make it feel fresh. If I had bought this book I might keep it on a coffee table and pick it up, but as I was bo [...]

    16. Sometimes quite funny and enjoyable, sometimes not really at all. But what would a humor book be if it were not hit-or-miss? I wanted a lighter book of short, humorous selections, and that's what I got. This purchase was due to an NPR list I read, and it was good to get out of my comfort zone to read a young writer and not something dense and critically acclaimed. Sacks is in the same realm as Dave Eggers, but more succinct and more spare. A couple passages or stories were pretty damn funny, and [...]

    17. Very funny! Nice to pick up when you need a quick break. I especially loved the "Rhon Penny" letters to authors and the publishers “suggestions” for The Diary of Anne Frank ("Fantasy always works, especially with your tween demographic there any ambiguous historical evidence for the presence, in Nazi Germany, of hot teenage vampires?" Maybe not quite safe for work if you’re reading the Kama Sutra section!

    18. The following is a Firstreads winner review:This is a collection of writings of various nature such as lists, essays and other assorted items. Some of these are actually funny. Others tend to have lost me. Perhaps if someone decides to read this they may find a few items that are funny. A word of caution is in order for the content of this book will be objectionable to some. There is very graphic adult humor within.

    19. I received this book through the First Reads Giveaways. I'm sorry to say I just couldn't really get into this book. I did find a few parts funny so that made it at least worth my effort, but I'm not sure I would read something by this author again. I do appreciate you giving me the chance to read this book as I love to try and read anything and everything.

    20. Trying to read it cover to cover was a mistake. In small doses, like McSweeney's, he is one of my favorites. Read one after the other I got the same exhausted feeling I get after surfing the interwebs for hours - I laughed a lot but I got de sensitized and by the end I was just consuming for the sake of it. So, my bad.

    21. Mike Sacks is a hilarious human being and this is a hilarious collection of essays. A step above most other humor collections if only for the fact that the style of the pieces varies, so you almost feel as if it's a collection from various comedians as opposed to singularly springing from the strange yet entertaining mind of Mr. Sacks.

    22. Mike Sacks is absolutely hilarious. There are so many times that I laughed aloud as I was reading this book (many times on an airplane), perhaps more so than any other book in recent memory. Sacks has a great knack for experimental narrative design that makes the book a quick but complex read. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to giggle, usually embarrassingly.

    23. Hey, a humor book that was not that funny. This has been on my reading list for years and my wife accommodated and got it for me for my birthday. I've never read Sacks before and maybe it's an acquired humor, but I thought the vast majority of the humor was not that funny and often painfully so.

    24. Very funny odd little stories. Mike Sacks has an interesting sense of humor that matches will with the long joke/short story style the book is in. I will be passing this to a family member that I know loves this kind of humor.

    25. Sounds like a fun read. "collects Mike Sacks’s unique humor pieces — Craigslist ads, lesser-known tantric positions, letters to famous authors, lists, jokes, and the occasional illustration — into one handsome volume"

    26. Not perfect, but a fun read with some good chuckles. I especially enjoyed "What in the Hell is that Thing? FAQ" (p. 92) and "Game-Show Catchphrases that Never Quite Caught On" (p. 156). Oh, and "My Parents, Enid and Sal, Used to Be Famous Porn Stars" (p. 158) is kind of hilarious.

    27. This collection of short stories is a nice break from all the melo-dramatic summer love stories or the sobering biographies of moviestar/drug addicts that are all the rage right now. I found it to be gut bustingly funny, and am thankful for the calories burning laughter it induced.

    28. Obviously there is a percentage of the population that will laugh every time they hear (or read) the word penis, but I am not a part of it. I read about half the book, and skimmed through parts of the rest, and didn't find anything that I thought was funny. Maybe if I were male?

    29. Found 90% of these hee-larry-us! Summary: This volume collects Sacks's unique humor pieces--Craigslist ads, lesser-known tantric positions, letters to famous authors, lists, jokes, and the occasional illustration--originally published in "The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire," and "McSweeney's."

    30. This is a silly book that was just for passing the time. When I checked it out there was a piece of paper in there that said "this is an awful book" so I had to finish reading just to see what the fuss was about.

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