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Friday, December 15, 2017

Reader's Diary #1686- Allie Brosh: Hyperbole and a Half

Thanks to Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half, a few nights back my wife gave up on trying to sleep beside me and instead videoed my laughing fit. I'm talking tears down my cheeks, stomach muscles clamping up, the works. Eventually she stopped recording and told me I wasn't allowed to read it anymore that night. I put it down and attempted reading Canterbury Tales instead but then I'd recall a detail from a story in Hyperbole and a Half and the giggles would come on again. It was ridiculous.

I honestly did not expect to like this book that much. I've seen the character around before; the crudely drawn character supposed to represent Allie Brosh herself. I'd never been clear on what it's supposed to be: a worm? a penis? And that yellow-triangle on her head? A hat? Her hair?

But my god does she squeeze emotion out of that thing. That, along with the sarcastic, self-deprecating, slightly dark humour and I was won completely over.

On top of that, Brosh offered a few genuinely touching stories about depression that captured what it feels like like nothing else I've ever read.

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

Oh, I know! She is hilarious. And I had the same reservations as you. I've reread some of the pieces countless times - rationing them a little so they don't "wear out" - and they are still just as awesome.