Selp-Helf: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy , YouTuber / October 11, 2016

Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings is a satirical and hiliarious self help book written by the internet sensation Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger’s alter-ego). If you are unfamiliar with Miranda Sings, it is vitally important to watch some of her videos before reading this book. The character’s humor will probably not completely register with any uninitiated viewers/readers. Selp-Helf is written for all of Miranda Sings’ Mirfandas who already understand that she is a character and parody rather than an actual person. Selp-Helf is written for all of Miranda Sings’ Mirfandas who already understand that she is a character and parody rather than an actual person. Throughout the book, Miranda Sings rewards her readers with some of the best advice (in her bizarre mind) to help them with such important aspects of life as love, talent, “fashon,” “innernet,” and “life haks.”  Miranda’s characteristic narcissism and unique spelling choices bring the character to life in this written format.  Originally, I was concerned that the YouTube star would have trouble translating to a non-video format, but Miranda Sings fills the pages of Selp-Helf with the familiar quirks of her unique personality. As one would expect, Miranda’s advice is normally horrible and a little bit on the creepy side,…

John Adams: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , History / October 10, 2016

John Adams by David McCullough follows the life and times of the second, and commonly forgotten, president of the United States.  It always struck me as bizarre that everyone tends to know about Washington and Jefferson, but that John Adams is generally only appreciated by history nerds like myself. Clearly, the man is no Millard Fillmore, but he does deserve more recognition than he often receives. McCullough’s writing style is fantastic.  The book, which is ample in length, seems to flow in such a way that I could easily read for long stretches at a time.  McCullough’s research is exemplary, and his insights into Adams’ character successfully humanize his subject.  McCullough does not fawn over Adams the way many biographers tend to do with their subjects.  He provides criticism where appropriate, but his overall tone is certainly positive. Without mentioning every incident in John Adams’ life, all of which make for engaging reading, one of the most fascinating incidents involves his legal defense of the perpetrators of the “Boston Massacre.”  Additionally, his role as a diplomat during the American Revolution is at times unintentionally humorous as he tries to come to terms with the French and watches Benjamin Franklin become an automatic…

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography , Comedy / October 10, 2016

Before I begin this review, it is important to point out that I am an aficionado of terrible movies.  I do not mean movies that are so mediocre that they are boring.  What I mean is that I love watching movies that are so poorly conceived and executed that they prove to be memorable and hilarious.  It is not nearly as good when a movie tries to be terrible on purpose, however.  The greatest sort of bad movie is one where the director honestly believes that he is crafting a cinematic masterpiece.  Some notable examples of this type of film are Troll 2 (Nilbog milk, anyone?) and Manos: The Hands of Fate.  However,The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made is Greg Sestero’s reflection regarding the ultimate cult classic: The Room. Greg Sestero played the enigmatically named “Mark” in The Room, but the one man who everyone will always connect to the film is Tommy Wiseau.  Since Wiseau funded, directed, wrote, and starred in The Room, the bulk of the book revolves around Sestero’s friendship with Wiseau.  Greg Sestero first meets Tommy Wiseau in an acting class and from that point on is caught up in the doomed production that consumes the next several years of his life….