Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: September 11, 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1588366545
ISBN - 13: 9781588366542
From the Publisher
How does Steve Almond get himself into so much trouble? Could it be
his incessant moralizing? His generally poor posture? The fact that
he was raised by a pack of wolves? Frankly, we haven't got a clue.
What we do know is that Almond has a knack for converting his
dustups into essays that are both funny and furious. In (Not
that You Asked), he squares off against Sean Hannity on
national TV, nearly gets arrested for stealing "Sta-Hard" gel from
his local pharmacy, and winds up in Boston, where he quickly
enrages the entire population of the Red Sox Nation. Almond is, as
they say in Yiddish, a tummler.
Almond on personal grooming: "Why, exactly, did I feel it would be
'sexy' and 'hot' to have my girlfriend wax my chest? I can offer no
good answer to this question today. I could offer no good answer at
On sports: "To be a fan is to live in a condition of willed
helplessness. We are (for the most part) men who sit around and
watch other men run and leap and sweat and grapple each other. It
is a deeply homoerotic pattern of conduct, often interracial in
nature, and essentially humiliating."
On popular culture: "I have never actually owned a TV, a fact I
mention whenever possible, in the hopes that it will make me seem
noble and possibly lead to oral sex."
On his literary hero, Kurt Vonnegut: "His books perform the
greatest feat of alchemy known to man: the conversion of grief into
laughter by means of courageous imagination."
On religion: "Every year, when Chanukah season rolled around, my
brothers and I would make the suburban pilgrimage to the home of
our grandparents, where we would ring in the holiday with a big,
juicy Chanukah ham."
The essays in (Not that You Asked) will make you laugh out
loud, or, maybe just as likely, hurl the book across the room.
Either way, you'll find Steve Almond savagely entertaining. Not
that you asked.
"A pop-culture-saturated intellectual, a kindly grouch, vitriolic
Boston Red Sox hater, neurotic new father and Kurt Vonnegut
fanatic… [Almond] scores big in every chapter of this must-have
collection. Biting humor, honesty, smarts and heart: Vonnegut
himself would have been proud."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
From the Hardcover edition.