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I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

By Intern Rusty | Books | September 23, 2010 |

By Intern Rusty | Books | September 23, 2010 |

I’m sure David Cross is a perfectly wonderful person in real life. He seems like a very smart, curious, well traveled and (I mean this in a genuine way, not a psuedo insulting way) kind person. He also seems to be very opinionated and that can come across in his writing as being kind of bitter, even when he’s writing in a humorous vein, and I have to say that I’m not really a big fan of bitter.

I Drink For A Reason is a collection of essays and fiction pieces by Mr.Cross on a variety of topics. One is a retort to an internet critic on his show, there’s an anecdote about why he hates Jim Belushi so much, a whole lot about his view on religion as he is an avowed and aggressive atheist, and his thoughts on a wide variety of topics. And he is funny, for a while, and then the constant berating of certain groups of people (usually those with religious beliefs) kind of start to wear on you and you start to think “Well, gee, sorry that not everyone happens to agree with you. Don’t take it too personally, bud.”

One thing that is interesting is how ready Cross is to admit that there’s a lot in his life that he really likes (even if his childhood was kind of a mixed bag) but at the same time seems to suffer from the smart kid problem of believing that if you have the most logic and reason on your side, everyone will agree with you. The people who hold this belief really and truly, deep within themselves, do tend to turn out bitter as adults because as most of us know that’s not the case. If you have logic and reason on your side, well, that and $2 will get you a coffee, but it won’t win you very many arguments.

And because I know someone will ask, he does mention “Arrested Development,” but probably not as much or as in depth as AD fans would like.

This review is part of the Cannonball Read series. For more of Rusty’s reviews, check out her blog, Rusty’s Ventures.

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