By Julie Klausner
within the culture of Cynthia Heimel and Chelsea Handler, and with the boisterous iconoclasm of Amy Sedaris, Julie Klausner's candid and humorous debut I Don't Care approximately Your Band sheds gentle at the humiliations we undergo to discover love--and the teachings that may be culled from the wreckage.
I Don't Care approximately Your Band posits that in recent years the worst men thus far are those who look delicate. It's the jerks in great man garments, no longer the gamers in Ed Hardy, who holiday the hearts of contemporary women who grew up within the shadow of feminism, pondering they can have every little thing, yet prove compromising continuously. The cowards, the kidults, the critics, and the contenders: those are the celebs of Klausner's memoir approximately how challenging it's to discover a man--good or otherwise--when you're a cynical grown-up exiled within the dregs of Guyville.
Off the recognition of her New York Times "Modern Love" piece approximately getting the brush-off from an indie rock musician, I Don't care approximately Your Band is marbled with the wry traces of Julie Klausner's precocious curmudgeonry and brimming with truths that any one who's ever been on a date will relate to. Klausner is knowledgeable at touchdown herself waist-deep in loopy, time and time back, partially simply because her adventure as a comedy author (Best Week Ever, television Funhouse on SNL) and comic strip comic from NYC's Upright electorate Brigade fuels her philosophy of ways any scene may still spread, that's, "What? That sounds loopy? ok, I'll do it."
I Don't Care approximately Your Band charts a rather human trip of a strong-willed yet susceptible protagonist who loves males like it's her activity, yet who's performed with men who be aware of extra approximately love songs than love. Klausner's is a brand new outlook on courting in a time of popular culture obsession, and he or she spent her 20's doing own box learn to again up her philosophies. this can be the girl's model of High Fidelity. via turns specific, humorous and relocating, Klausner's debut indicates the evolution of a tender girl who persevered myriad encounters with the incorrect men, to emerge with actual- global knowledge on concerns of the guts. I Don't Care approximately Your Band is Julie Klausner's manifesto, and each one in every of us can relate.
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