Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me Edited by Ben Karlin Grand Central Publishing February, 2008 Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me, a recent compendium of advice gleaned from failed relationships, might surprise you with it’s all-star cast of contributors.
While many of the names might not be familiar, the projects with which they’ve been attached is quite an impressive list.
Ben Karlin, the books editor, made a name for himself as the executive producer of The Daily Show and co-creator of The Colbert Report.
It features pieces by Stephen Colbert, Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt, Will Forte, Andy Richter, and David Wain just to name a few.
The works themselves range from comic strips and drawings to sincere pondering, interviews, or just some solid humor.
With its vast array of authors and differing styles, the book has something for everybody, though the pieces meet with varying degrees of success.
It’s surprisingly hit-and-miss for a book that gathers such talent.
Stephen Colbert’s tale, whose sole gag is that it has been edited by his current wife is a particular disappointment.
With his name first on the cover’s list of contributors, one expects a higher-caliber of humor, especially from someone as talented as Colbert.
In general, those which don’t attempt to give any actual advice still tend to be the better of the collection.
Several of the pieces hope to enlighten their reader with trite advice which generally boils down to some common sense gem, often hammering home the old adage that “there’s plenty of fish in the sea”.
In one of the book’s longest contributions Rodney Rothman, a former head writer of The Late Show with David Letterman transcribes an interview with his first kiss who turns out not to remember him.