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Dirty Work: A Chump’s Search for Meaning

Rod Bull

What was happening? Everything I tried was going wrong. I needed to start again, get my life back.  Would it be possible to change the events of my life, was there some basic flaw in me? “There was a veiled past which I could not see, there was a door to which I had not key.” How would it be possible? We’ve all been there: An impasse, a crossroads, an unmarked door—or some asymmetry in the weave of life that leaves us stuck at worst, though at best in question. So too begins Rod Bull’s ribald, funny, drunken, irreverent memoir of a seemingly accidental spiritual life….

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What was happening? Everything I tried was going wrong. I needed to start again, get my life back. Would it be possible to change the events of my life, was there some basic flaw in me? “There was a veiled past which I could not see, there was a door to which I had not key.” How would it be possible? We’ve all been there: An impasse, a crossroads, an unmarked door—or some asymmetry in the weave of life that leaves us stuck at worst, though at best in question. So too begins Rod Bull’s ribald, funny, drunken, irreverent memoir of a seemingly accidental spiritual life, with a constant refrain to “dirty work”—shoveling manure in a stable or bilge water in the belly of a ship, or cutting cane and viciously cut, the only cure to which is to urinate on yourself… Bull’s is a life of pratfalls, comic encounters (with an angry Jim Brown, the running back, in London, with sundry Tibetan Tulkus or with the tutelary heads of the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky Work) and hard won insights. What is of particular note is that here you read the story of no man soaring from height to golden height but an honest recounting and recollecting, blemishes and all, of a life of the spirit via serious hard traveling. Dirty Work: A Chump’s Search for Meaning is a memoir of crazy wisdom.


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Lunatic Guide to the David Letterman Show

Bradford Keeney

What are the top ten reasons to buy Bradford Keeney’s radically funny book about the king of late-night comedy….?

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Bradford Keeney

What are the top ten reasons to buy Bradford Keeney’s radically funny book about the king of late-night comedy? A slew of hysterical interactive videotape exercises (lining up the local lawnmowers to watch the show, then sending a tape of the event to Dave), cut-and-paste activities (Dave’s head on famous men), a Lunacy Gift Certificate, an airlift of comic books as a foreign-policy tool, a letter-writing campaign to get Dave appointed ambassador to a foreign country, a list of places in your home to stash the message “Letter Man is here,” the suggestion that Letterman is a friendly alien sent here to warn us of the dangers of a surfeit of seriousness, wonderfully zany illustrations, and at least two tips that will forever change the way you look at Letterman, television … and life. From chapters on “Living with the David Letterman Show,” “Around the World with David Letterman,” and “Exercises for Developing a Letterman State of Mind”—to a collection of stories that plumb the show’s hidden meanings, this ultimate Letterman book is written with the inspired goofiness of a … well, David Letterman.



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