I Hate This Place: The Pessimist's Guide to Life
Jimmy Fallon & Gloria Fallon
Warner, 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
am often accused of being a Pollyanna, always trying to look on the brighter side of life. After reading
I Hate This Place
, I may have to change my allegiance. About the authors - Jimmy Fallon is a Grammy Award-nominated comedian and a cast member of
Saturday Night Live
and his sister is an award-winning writer and fashion columnist; both sound like card-carrying pessimists.
Hate This Place
is a small book with single page statements of pessimism, each backed by a downer of a drawing. For example, one has the line sketch of a hanging man, along with the words '
I'm starting to think that I'm the butt of a joke that the whole world is in on.
' Another shows a house on fire accompanied by the words '
Everyone keeps telling me to travel and see the world because that is where all the opportunities are. Like the opportunity that I'll get killed in a foreign country.
' And there is '
Did you ever sit back and evaluate your life and think, "Boy, things are going just as I always wanted them to?" I didn't think so.
his small book of pessimism continues in this vein. It's not going to change the optimist, but will give him or her a barrel of laughs. And the pessimist in your life would probably agree with everything that is said. It's a fun book either way you look at it, imaginative and just a little bit daring.
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