It's been years since I've heard the Howard Stern Show — ever since he went off to satellite radio. But Artie was always one of my favorite parts of the show. Even when the show turned into a total bitch-fest, I could rely on Artie to say something or tell a story that would make me laugh.
Not hearing his voice in a long time, I wanted to pick up the audiobook version. Sort of bring back the days of when I could listen to him on the radio... But what I got was not quite what I expected.
This book was so goddamn depressing. Just bad choices, tragedy and addiction. I mean, I got the story about him on coke in the pig costume for that bit on Mad TV, but then it got to the part where he quit reading because he couldn't handle it anymore. Because he is still on drugs... And that just really fucking floored me.
There was funny stuff, but it just got to be too much. Hearing about someone fucking up — making a mistake, getting into trouble — and it's funny. I have a sense of humor, so I "got" it. But then it just keeps going on, and it's no longer something that has humor because it's out of the norm — it IS the norm, and is just a symptom of a bigger problem. A disease, instead of a hiccup.
To hear about someone that has chosen to destroy himself like this — and I don't know if it's because he just has that little self-worth, or if it's because he thinks it makes him funny. Following in the footsteps of John Bellucci and Chris Farley. If he finds the trouble that he gets into, and the stories that come out because of it are worth it all — if that's all he has to give to the world.
Kind of rooting for him throughout the whole thing that he's going to get his life in order, but remembering that he quit the book in the middle, so it's really no use... And part of it is because hearing someone on the radio everyday — or used to hear someone on the radio — it makes you feel like you know the person. You've gotten to know them. You hear stories about their life, and you become invested.
Not too sure if I liked this book. If anything, it was nice to hear his voice again. And I got some fodder for one of my book projects.
Doktor Sleepless Maunual; Warren Ellis, Ivan Rodriguez, et al.
I think this is a mish-mash of the first couple issues of Dok. Nothing new, but I picked it up anyway.
Putting together the next group of comics I need to read...