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Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of The Howard Stern Show-with a foreword by Howard Stern. When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show's move to the wild,Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of The Howard Stern Show-with a foreword by Howard Stern. When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show's move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting. A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for-sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction: He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was eighteen and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics. True fans of the Stern Show will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn't have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at MADtv, surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie's never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio....

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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Too Fat to Fish Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    2018-10-06 01:30

    I knew the guy had substance abuse issues, but sheeesh! That's like saying Kim Kardashian had a little plastic surgery!Too Fat to Fish is a no-holds-barred, tell-all that goes into great detail regarding the very depths comedian Artie Lange has sunk to. And apparently he's not finished. During the reading of this audiobook* Lange had to quit and have friends help him finish reading the book, because he was going through severe withdrawal symptoms after trying to quit heroine yet again. It is the broken record of his life.If you know anything about him and his career, none of this will be a surprise. He's hitchhiking down the well-traveled road of the fat and brash comedian, à la Belushi and Farley, among others. What will surprise you is what a decent book this turned out to be. Yes, it is filled with self-deprecation, self-loathing, self...well, just self. But what do you expect? It's an autobiography by an addict. However, when he's not self-indulging, he gets down to some good old fashioned storytelling. His youth and upbringing is nothing out of the ordinary, but he's got tales to tell which can at times be funny, sad and even touching as hell. * Yes audiobook. You think I would've picked this up if I wasn't able to breeze through it while driving, exercising, making dinner and taking dumps? Hell no!

  • Karen Germain
    2018-09-25 18:30

    So this book was recommended to me by one of my managers, a guy who really doesn't read and pretty much the last person I would ever expect to get a book recommendation from. I don't listen to Howard Stern and didn't know who Artie Lange was before starting this book. I went for it based on the recommendation.I am glad I did. This memoir had a bit of everything. In many parts it had me laughing, loved the "Too Fat to Fish story." I cried ( a rarity for me) when he was talking about his father. I felt a lot of empathy towards him with all of his ups and downs. I loved his brutal honesty, he doesn't hold back. Overall, the book left me thinking that he is a really sincere, good person, who has and is continuing to have, many problems. He's not perfect and doesn't pretend to be. I don't think you need to know anything about Lange prior to reading this book, to appreciate his memoir.

  • Todd N
    2018-09-24 17:35

    As a genius, I require highly intellectual stimulus to keep from getting bored. Fortunately The Howard Stern Show provides such stimulus and helps me think my genius thoughts. In this small way alone Howard Stern helps make the world a better place.I was browsing on my Kindle a few nights ago and downloaded Too Fat To Fish on an impulse. It was between that and Shakespeare's comedies. I've read Shakespeare so many times that I decided to download the Lange.I'm not sure what the opposite of "Know thyself" is, but whatever it is it would be Artie Lange's motto.It's an interesting experience reading about a guy with a big heart who sabotages himself with such gusto. At first I was sad for Artie, then I was concerned, then I was annoyed, then I wondered how many more chapters were left. Since I heard him on Sirius earlier that day there was no suspense in the book -- I knew he was still alive.The chapters about baseball and his dad are the most touching. I have a theory that baseball depleted Artie's serotonin like a raver abusing MDMA and left him struggling with depression for the rest of his life.But I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys funny stories that make you cringe more than a little.

  • Jamie
    2018-09-28 22:52

    I probably wouldn't have read this but after hearing the travails of making the audiobook on the Stern show, I couldn't help but listen. Artie is a GREAT storyteller, but it definitely took him time to settle into reading. Good God! I think, what's this gonna sound like when Rev. Bob Levy takes over? Gary reads 2nd and it took me a while to remember that this was Artie's story and not Gary's because you get so used to the voices of the Stern show people. Rev. Bob was hilarious because he didn't sound half bad, but us Stern listeners know it was a struggle. In fact, he made me laugh out loud.As for the story, Artie gets close to self awareness, and then dances away. He has too much guilt over his father's death, too much guilt for his own success, and too much guilt over small fuckups. I wish Artie the best, to allow him to be comfortable in his own skin.

  • Jen
    2018-10-13 17:43

    This was the worst autobiography I've ever read in my life. Artie Lange has lived a boring life, no different from any other loser alcoholic/addict. I was bored out of my mind the entire time and it took me 2 weeks to finish this because I kept putting it down. The only reason I stuck with it was because I kept thinking that it would have to get better!The parts of the book where he describes vomiting and crapping all over himself are totally disgusting and absolutely unnecessary.Save yourself some money and burn this book instead of a fireplace log.

  • Jim
    2018-10-10 22:47

    Reading Artie Lange's life story is like taking a long taxi ride with a guy from Jersey. Every thing that comes out of his mouth walks the line between being funny and offensive. But at the end of the ride you can't help but like the guy. 3.5 stars: four for the stories and three for the structure.

  • Melanie
    2018-09-23 21:53

    This book has made me wonder about specialties in the field of ghost writing.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-03 17:47

    I heard Terry Gross interview Artie on Fresh Air, and he came across as such a sweet, self-aware, if screwed-up guy. I think that if I had "read" Too Fat to Fish as an audio book that same likable personality may have come across. But as I read it in print form, perhaps that is why I ended up being mostly frustrated and annoyed with his behavior. This was only worsened by the fact that right before I finished the book, I did a little online research to see what Artie is up to at the moment, and it seems that he is still screwing up his life in a big way. I guess I shouldn't expect every book to have a happy ending, particularly when it's a memoir and not fiction, but it was disappointing nonetheless. I want to root for the guy, but mainly he just bugs the crap out of me because he's given chance after chance to pull himself together, but he ultimately chooses his addictions each time. I feel for him, I just can't recommend this book.

  • Sean
    2018-10-01 18:38

    I knew a lot of these stories from listening to the "Howard Stern Show". However Artie gives more details that were previously unknown to anyone but himself. It made for an interesting read overall. I felt the book was very sweet at times and made me wish Artie would just get his shit together already. If you're a fan of Artie or the Howard Stern Show its worth the read.

  • Betty
    2018-10-14 23:43

    I was a little unsure when I received this book to review, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. Artie Lange, stand-up comic, actor, and a part of the Howard Stern show, did not sound like a book I would be able to get through. Yes, it was raw. Yes, it was crude, but certainly not to the extent I anticipated. In fact, this is a very personal, honest story of a man with many problems to overcome. Swinging back and forth between depression and paranoia, he is a perfect candidate for addiction of any type. Having lost his best friend - his father - at a relatively young age, has left him bereft and it would seem that his main issues begin around this basic time period.Artie has told his story no-holds-barred. A comedian and an overachiever, with little self-confidence, he has taken his life, both good and bad, and laid it bare for all to see. He has had a profitable career, and he has spent a profitable career. His constant battles with depression and drugs is incredible, and he has been very fortunate with the support he has had. He obviously has a whole choir of guardian angels! There are laughs, particularly where the phrase “Too Fat to Fish” came from, and tears. Sometimes I wanted to comfort him and sometimes I wanted to shake him. Sometimes I just wanted to yell, “Don’t do it, Artie!”I was most taken by the compassion that peeps through every once in a while in the book, and I was very happy that in the end he was able to feel he had accomplished a personal goal by entertaining troops in Iraq. Overall, this was a good story, probably not the last from Artie. For anyone who is a fan of Artie or Howard Stern or stand-up comedy, this is a no-brainer, you will enjoy it and learn a lot from it. For readers like myself, I admit I didn’t want to put the book down, it was a real attention grabber, so regardless of the crudity, I would recommend this book. It may even save someone’s life someday.

  • Kurt Halfpenny
    2018-09-24 01:40

    I've always loved Artie, from the moment I saw him on MadTV and Dirty Work and then throughout the years on Howard Stern. So I was fully aware of his "Problems" before reading this book. It's an easy read, filled with some great stories. For the people who think he stories and drug problems are "out of control" I challenge you to read David Carr or Nic Sheff's memoirs. From what I read, Artie is most definitely an addict with a number of substance abuse problems form Coke, any Opiate, Booze and, rage. While he's had his hardships (being depressed for close to a year etc) for the most part, he always bounces back, yet always relapses. Its hard to think he's never "shot" any drugs, but hey maybe that's why he's never truly hit "Rock Bottom" He's an extremely lucky addict, in the way of always being able to make good money, have friends and family forgive him, be on the Howard Stern show for so long, and now, have his own show. Well, I guess that's Hollywood for ya. I wish he would've talked more about his time on Howard Stern, instead of just saying how fucked up he was most of the time. Maybe more stories with Gary, Howard, Robin, and well just some of the reasons why we all watch the show. Hopefully he will talk more about it in the second book. I know the second book will touch more about his crazy drug and alcohol life, and while I'm excited to read about it, I certainly hopes he stays clean, cause he is a great talent, and if anyone has read this knows his body simply can't keep up with his destructive path.

  • Michelle Lemaster
    2018-10-15 20:30

    Boy... how did I come across this one? That's easy. I picked it up for my husband and, of course, it was in the bathroom ready to be read. It seems so natural that this read would begin on the toilet! Well, I started reading it and just kept coming back to it. Might as well admit it: This high-brow literary junkie is enjoying a guilty pleasure! From Dickens to Artie Lange! You can't say my tastes are not diverse!Really though,if you want to better acquaint yourself with the psyche of an irreverent pig (no offense to pigs), read up on Artie, one of Howard Stern's cronies. I actually find him quite likable in his own embrace-your-vices kind of way.Particulary funny is the terrific, HILAROUS reading group guide! As if!Here's an example of a question available there:1. Artie Lange begins his memoir by discussing his infantile incontinence. Struggles to control his bowels soon surface as a theme throughout the book. Do you think there is a connection between these instances and Artie's struggles with self-control? How does Artie's battle with hs bowels serve as both an obstacle and motivation throughout the book?Hahahaha Well I've finished now. A read as gratuitous as Artie's life. I enjoyed it though. No matter what kind of jerk Artie may act like, I still, somehow, against all common sense (?!), like him. Found in my bathroom and quite a good bathroom read.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-24 18:41

    I liked this book! I really didn't know too much about Artie before I read the book so I didn't bore me at all. This book made me never ever want to do any type of drugs, not that I ever wanted to before, but this shit made it offical, just reading the chapter pig in shit was enough. He really is a great story teller and it was pretty funny, more then once I laughed out loud. Hopefully he comes out with another book and maybe actually cleans up! But I guess that wouldn't be too much fun to read about.

  • Eirik Hafskjold
    2018-10-16 20:30

    As a long time fan and rabid listener of The Howard Stern Show, a book about Artie seemed like a good idea. I always knew he was a crazy gambling drunk addict off (and on actually) the air, and I wanted the details. I got them. It was fun to connect the dots between memorable bits from the show and what happened privately for Artie at the same time. There is comedy in here for sure, but I guess its mostly Artie's dark downward spiral into heroin and depression. Good book about a good guy with more baggage than an airport. Evey Stern-fan should read it.

  • N.K.
    2018-10-21 01:28

    I wasn't too sure if I would enjoy this book or not but picked it up on a whim. Some times autobiographies written by comedians can be really good, others are just self-indulgent nonsense. This was actually better than expected. Artie Lange is raw and open in this book; telling tales of horrid excesses and the costs associated with the same. There are parts that are laugh out loud funny and other parts that are cringe worthy. I will read his second book at some point. I do not feel the need to rush right out and get it now though.

  • Joy
    2018-09-21 19:49

    The stories are crazy. I wouldn't want to be friends with Artie, but I think he's kind of a genius. He is a story-teller and the way he sees the world and himself in the world makes for him stumbling in to the main gist of some screwed up stories.When in a diner parking lot in his dad's handicapped van, he ordered a deluxe from his new Brazilian friend because that's what he would have called a parallel order if he were in the diner.Brilliant and then all the sorrow for humanity sets in.

  • Liz
    2018-09-22 20:26

    Wow, what a book! I laughed out loud, shook my head over and over, and continuously thought this Lange guy is a firecracker! He's lot of fun until he's a complete liability. Once a year with this guy and kept at a safe distance is probably best for all. This book has a lot of incredible stories which could've been even more hilarious and astounding if they'd been written and edited better.

  • Mo_mcphee
    2018-09-20 19:45

    This far, the foreward written by Howard Stern has been the only bit that even made me crack a smile. If I wanted a thoroughly depressing and dull tale of drug abuse I would go to an NA meeting. Actually scratch that, those meetings are a blast!!

  • Mohtashem2002 Mohtashem
    2018-09-27 23:29

    this is book is so damn funny!

  • xTx xTx
    2018-10-11 01:26

    I love Artie...so I read his book. Already had heard many of the stories on the air, but enjoyed it anyway. Made me scared for him, even more than I was already.

  • Gerardo Vega
    2018-10-12 22:25

    I've read every single Book from the Howard Stern staff Universe and after Howard Sterns "Private Parts" this is probably my second favorite. It's interesting to find out about Artie Lange's life and his struggles with addiction and gambling. My problem with the book is that a lot of stories sound very exaggerated at times and He already discussed a lot of it on the show. The prostitutes for instance or when he shit in his bed but then again, It's Artie Lange and he's known to be the number 1 liar on the show....so sometimes I wonder if this even really happened. Regardless, the book is very enjoyable but keep in mind it won't change you life either. Love the dedication he wrote for Howard stern too by the way....So if you were a fan of Mad TV or the Stern Artie Era give it a try you Fla Fla flunkies!

  • Chelsea Briggs
    2018-10-03 22:24

    Artie Lange has had an interesting life. There's no arguing that. However, unlike most drug related memoirs that I've read, this one shows very very little actual remorse for the hurt he's caused people and the shit he's put countless people through in his life. With a severe tendency to blame his issues on losing his father at a young age and a careless "I'm an addict and no one can expect anything better from me" attitude, Lange is a repugnant example of why reinforcing drug addiction is an issue in our country.

  • Heather
    2018-09-29 00:34

    A good way to kill a day at work. It's astonishing how Artie Lange is even alive with the massive quantities of drugs he's consumed.Considering 6 chapters in he had to go to rehab again and give up recording the audiobook, the rotating cast of friends he had to fill in did a good job finishing the performance.

  • Maki Vano
    2018-09-29 18:41

    The book was funny. The audio book was fucking hilarious!

  • Kyle Bartlett
    2018-09-24 20:34

    This dude goes hard

  • John Loomis
    2018-10-09 19:24

    Great title, pretty soft content.

  • Bill F.
    2018-10-16 23:45

    I have loved Artie Lange since before most Americans had ever heard of him. Back in 1995, MadTV was launched on FOX as a funny alternative to Saturday Night Live - which in the post-Phil Hartman years had actually become a drama. There was one member of the ensemble cast that caught my attention immediately: Lange. His impressions were funny, not because they were accurate but because - much like Chevy Chase's famous impersonations of Gerald Ford during the early SNL days - bore absolutely zero resemblance to the character he was impersonating [he did Newt Gingrich with a Jersey accent]. And - for my money - nothing has ever been funnier on American television than Lange's portrayal of a black woman who was hit by a bus, had her soul jump into a big fat white guy from New Jersey, and became That's My White Mamma. Lange's catch phrase - 'Don't make me break my foot off in your ass!" - still makes me laugh 15 years later.Lange disappeared from television only to reappear seemingly attached to SNL alum Norm MacDonald. It was that relationship that led to Lange's eventual role-of-a-lifetime on The Howard Stern Show. A self-described rabid Stern fan, Lange's 'I could've been a longshoreman' persona made him connect with Stern's listeners in a way that Jackie Martling never could. Lange on Stern's show on "terrestrial radio" [or, 'testicle radio' as Lange coined it] was great. Lange on Stern's Sirius Satellite radio show has been utter brilliance. Lange is a foul-mouthed comic and one now can hardly believe he was able to survive on commercial television and radio so many years without saying the word "fuck".So, I say all of this as a prelude to demonstrate my Lange-loving credentials. I loved Artie. I still do. But after you read Too Fat To Fish, you're not going to like him that much. Lange's self-destructive behavior - told in uproariously painful detail on the air over the last eight years - are funny because Lange is always the butt of the stories. In TFTF, however, you get to see the collateral damage: what Lange's behavior did to his family and friends as they tried to steer him off the course of destruction.In short, if you're thinking about reading TFTF for laughs, keep walking. You're not going to get them here. Sure, there are funny tid bits and tales. But mostly it's a sad, disgusting, ugly tale. Maybe Lange did himself a disservice by telling all of those funny stories over the years on Stern's show. Anything funny in the book, you've already heard on the Stern show. It's the other stuff that you find out in the book: the friends he nearly beat up in fits of drug rage; the countless number of chances he was given only to always fuck it up with an overdose or violent behavior; the pain he inflicted on his mother and sister through his too-numerous-to-mention binges is truly disturbing.While Lange's stories on the air about his binges are filled with self-deprecating humor, in the written word they come off as self-destructive and - worst - destructive to the lives of anyone around him. Lange comes off as a toxic nightmare. In fact, a not-so-insignificant part of the book is Lange apologizing in the text to those he's hurt over the years. More than a dozen times you'll read something to the effect of, "I haven't seen [insert name here] since that happened. I love [insert name here]. If [he/she] is reading this, I want to apologize and say I love you."Really, Artie, it would've been simpler to just write them a goddamned note. You didn't need to co-write a book to get it off your chest. Perhaps the fact that I read the book after it came out that Lange had relapsed and was back on heroin when he wrote it. Reading about his antics knowing that he was still addicted makes it less funny.About halfway through the book I realized I was getting angrier and angrier at Lange. About three-quarters through I realized I didn't like him all that much, either. By the end of the book, I thought he was the biggest asshole I've ever read about. Fortunately, once Monday came around, I was able to go back to just listening to Lange on the radio and by Tuesday I loved him again. Like I said, if you're looking for laughs you'll be looking a long time. Anything funny in the book you've already heard on the Stern show. It's the aftermath of what he wrought that you'll read about. And you'll most definitely want to break your foot off in his enormous ass.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-18 18:37

    Book OverviewThis is the autobiography of Artie Lange -- perhaps best known as a member of The Howard Stern Show, which he joined in 2001. He was also on MADtv during the first season and has had roles in movies such as Dirty Work and Beer League. He is also a stand-up comedian who performs all over the country.Born into a working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, Mr. Lange was a "typical" American kid -- obsessed with sports, girls ... and comedy. At age 18, his beloved father suffers a fall and becomes a quadriplegic. This family tragedy pushes Lange over the edge, and he begins to dull his pain with alcohol and eventually drugs. Although his addiction develops and blossoms over the years, he pulls himself together enough to escape the confines of a the working class life he was "meant for" and throws himself into pursuing a comedy career.Despite his own best efforts to sabotage himself, he finds success and lands a role as a cast member on MADtv. But the money and the pressure start to take its toll, and Lange turns to cocaine to help him deal. He eventually spirals out of control and is let go from the cast and forced into rehab. He eventually puts himself together, scores a film role and then ... falls into drugs again -- this time heroin. He somehow lands a spot on The Stern Show -- which has a rabid fan following (my husband included). This leads to another movie and, over time, more struggles with drugs. Although he recently did a USO tour in Afghanistan (which he discusses in the book), my husband tells me he continues to struggle with his heroin addiction but somehow still manages to do the radio show each day.My ThoughtsYou may be wondering why I read this book. Primarily, I read it because my husband is a huge Howard Stern and Artie Lange fan and preordered this book -- something I have never seen him do before. (He is pretty much a non-reader -- although I am trying very hard to change that.) In an effort to show interest in what my husband was excited about reading and to see what was so darn funny about Mr. Lange, I decided I would read this book to find out a little more about this guy.I will admit, the first parts of the book -- although lewd and crude -- were not too bad. There is a section on how Mr. Lange lost his virginity (to a prostitute's sister) that was actually quite amusing -- if not a bit raunchy. And the way he writes about his father and their shared love of the Yankees was quite touching and gave me a bit of an insight into the male mind. And there are some stories about his parents and their love of Frankie Valli that were relatively enjoyable. But once the book shifted to his comedy career and subsequent drug addiction, I got less and less interested the more I read.Frankly, I don't think the book is that well-written, and Mr. Lange didn't strike me as the amazingly funny storyteller he supposedly is. But, then again, I don't think I am his target audience either. I found the sections on his drug problems to be very repetitive and unappetizing (as they rightfully should be). However, rather than draw me into his struggles, I just started to get a little bored and began checking to see how many pages were left. And, because there is no "moment of truth" where Mr. Lange is able to kick his drug problem, I wasn't left with an uplifted feeling either. In fact, when he mentions that he plans to write another book, my immediate thought was "Well, I hope you live long enough to complete it."My Final RecommendationI think this book is primarily for fans of Artie Lange and Stern Show fans. It might also be of minimal interest to readers who want to understand the mind of an addictive personality. However, I'm thinking there are better books on this topic, and I would hesitate to recommend it based on that. Bottom line: If you're a Lange or Stern fan, you'll probably like this book. Everyone else: take a pass.

  • Meels
    2018-10-02 21:36

    If you are considering picking this book up and are expecting it to be funny, think again! This book is absolutely not funny. In fact, it is a steaming pile of misery and despair seasoned throughout with self deprecation.The beginning is actually quite sweet; a picture of his idyllic suburban Newark childhood with a devoted and loving father who was his best pal. From about the age of 18 onward it was one huge roller coaster ride of living hell. Do I feel sorry for Artie Lange? No, not really. His hell is one of his own making, stoked up by his own horrible and usually selfish decisions over and over and over again. Do I empathize with and wish him well? Sure. So, why the two stars? The writing wasn't bad. Admittedly (by Mr. Lange) the book was "co-written" with some dude who used to work for Rolling Stone and has "co-written" a couple of other books for recording artists. Ahem, I dare to say that Artie didn't "write" much of this book, but rather provided the material. Fine. Then it should have been FUNNY. Misery can be told in a way that is funny. Sedaris does it. Nearly all stand-up is relating misery in a very funny way. This book was NOT funny.My other problem with it was it was so "kiss ass" at the end of every story was the (eventually expected), "But, so'n'so's such a great guy/gal, really great. He/she saved my life! I love you, ______" It reminded me of the drunk at the party you may not even know well, but they keep telling you how much they love you...in very slurred speech. Everyone the guy has met or worked with received this same blah blah blah (Apart from Tom Cruise and that Kelly person who is married to John Travolta...big shock there.) Maybe they are all the greatest people ever, that just makes me wonder why he is such a misery guts even more. I've worked with a LOT of wankers over the years, people you'd be tempted to wish ill, very very ill. So, if he's only ever been surrounded with all of these GREAT guys from the days on the docks to the Stern show...what the hell, man?The only slightly funny bit was when the bookie is screaming at him and his buddy threatening to kill and rape a vast number of people; all the while with his Ash Wednesday cross on his head. I still never laughed out loud, or even chuckled. The story was too crowded around with horror and depression, it just couldn't break free. (Thanks for the Ash Wednesday education, Bun. Without it prior to reading this book, I wouldn't have understood the only slightly funny bit in it! I would have missed it altogether.)If Artie "writes" another book, which he alludes to at the end of this one, I will not read it. I've had a close enough look at Mr. Lange, thank you. Quite close enough.

  • Jonathan Karmel
    2018-10-02 22:47

    Very entertaining, especially the account of running on to the field after watching the Yankees win in the late 1970's.I was 10 when me and my two brothers followed the 1978 Yankees to their World Series victory. We used to take the MetroNorth commuter train to Grand Central Station from Westchester and then ride those un-air-conditioned graffiti-covered subways up to the old, new Yankee Stadium. Back then, the Star-Spangled Banner was frequently sung live with perfect class by Metropolitan Opera singer Robert Merrill. Reggie Jackson swung the bat as hard as he possibly could. Sometimes he whiffed spectacularly, literally tripping himself and falling over in the batting box. Other times, he hit a line drive that reached the right field upper deck as fast a baseball could possibly travel there.At that time, bleacher seats were only $2.50 and were unassigned seats on benches. You watched the game with people who actually lived in the neighborhood, who had specific chants deriding the fans in the nearby box seats who presumably came in from the suburbs (like me). “We pay 3, you pay 10, we have fun, you have none!” The fans in the bleachers insulted the visiting team’s right fielder continually, obscenely and mercilessly. If you were lucky, a particularly vile invective would be followed by one of Reggie Jackson’s home runs. Now you can't even smoke cigarettes, but then, fans openly smoked pot while watching the game.If a player from the visiting team hit a home run into the bleachers, everyone in the bleachers chanted loudly at whoever recovered the ball, “THROW IT BACK, THROW IT BACK.” The menacing continued until the guy who caught the home run threw the ball back on to the field. Since it had been very clearly announced by Bob Sheppard before the game that it was against the rules to throw anything on to the field, the hapless fan was immediately escorted out of the stadium by a New York City policeman.Elated after catching the ball, confused and intimidated into throwing the ball back, then scared shitless by the prospect of being arrested, the fan’s emotional rollercoaster continued as all of the fans now chanted loudly in unison “USA! USA!” The fan suddenly became a hero whose accomplishment far exceeded anything that one of the New York Yankees could have ever achieved. He exited the stadium with both hands raised in the air. This was not a bunch of uptight families doing “the wave.” This was, as Howard Cosell quipped, “the Bronx is burning” in the late 1970s.