Do You Mind If I Cancel?

Do You Mind If I Cancel?

(things That Still Annoy Me)

Book - 2019
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"Gary Janetti, the writer and producer for some of the most popular television comedies of all time, and creator of one of the most wickedly funny Instagram accounts there is, now turns his skills to the page in a hilarious, and poignant book chronicling the pains and indignities of everyday life. Gary spends his twenties in New York, dreaming of starring on soap operas while in reality working at a hotel where he lusts after an unattainable colleague and battles a bellman who despises it when people actually use a bell to call him. He chronicles the torture of finding a job before the internet when you had to talk on the phone all the time, and fantasizes, as we all do, about who to tell off when he finally wins an Oscar. As Gary himself says, "These are essays from my childhood and young adulthood about things that still annoy me." Original, brazen, and laugh out loud funny, Do You Mind if I Cancel? is something not to be missed"--
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250225825
Characteristics: 159 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 24, 2020

The writer should fire his editor and demand a refund. Not only is "Do You Mind If I Cancel?" completely unfunny, but the editing is absolutely horrible. I don't claim to be a grammar teacher, but page after page of run on sentences and lack of punctuation was enough for me to cancel this book.

Nov 24, 2019

You can only read so many books in one lifetime, and so many aren’t worth reading at all. When you find a good one, you relish it. This is one of those. No idea why it came up in my suggested reading and I certainly didn’t think it’d be worthy of my time (again - so many books in my queue). I thought I’d just read the first chapter and return it.

And there went the rest of my day. I have nothing in common with the author, knew nothing about him IRL. Halfway through reading, I got curious and googled him. I realized he was the Gary that was Brad’s partner in It’s A Brad, Brad World. (Who knows why I even got to watching that show?)

I know nothing about sitcoms - Gary’s career - and even less about fashion - Brad’s career. And even though I live in San Francisco, I know enough gay people to know gay people are not interesting just because they’re gay. Just like anyone. So it’s not a reason to pick up a book and imagine yourself in their shoes. It’s just a regular life, except for one detail that you completely forget about and doesn’t impact you at all.

I wouldn’t read anything about someone who became an incredibly successful at TV sitcom comedy writer, either. I hate sitcoms! What hooked me was the introvert angle. Gary Janetti, the character in this story, is hilarious. He did everything he could to avoid being successful in the Tony Robbins kind of aggressive, in-your-face mode you’re supposed to do to get rich and famous in America. He’s the opposite of all of that, which you can tell by the title. Which is why I picked this book up in the first place.

Which was perfect.

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