Intimacy Idiot

Intimacy Idiot

Book - 2015
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An NPR Best Book of 2015

This big-hearted, laugh-until-you-can't-breathe collection of personal essays, stories, and riffs on finding love and intimacy in New York City announces the arrival of a "a monstrous new talent" ( New York magazine) in the vein of David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, and Tina Fey.

In this uproariously funny debut collection, award-winning writer and performer Isaac Oliver serves up a comedic cornucopia of sketches, vignettes, lists, and diaries from his life as a young, fanciful, and extremely single gay man in New York City. Whether he's hooking up with a man who dresses as a dolphin, suffering on airplanes and buses next to people with Food From Home, or hovering around an impenetrable circle of attractive people at a cocktail party, Oliver captures the messy, moving, and absurd moments of urban life as we live it today.

Since moving to New York a decade ago, Oliver has pined for countless strangers on the subway, slept with half the people in his Washington Heights neighborhood, and observed the best and worst of humanity from behind the glass of a Times Square theater box office. He also rode the subway during Breastfeeding Awareness Week and lived to tell the tale. Culled from years of heartbreak, hook-ups, and more awkwardness than a virgin at prom and a whore in church (and he should know because he's been both), Intimacy Idiot chronicles Oliver's encounters with love, infatuation, resilience, and self-acceptance that echo our universal desire for intimacy of all kinds.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476746661
Characteristics: ix, 274 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 07, 2018

Hilarious! An easy and fun read.

ser_library Sep 14, 2017

best read one essay a day rather than all at once

Nov 24, 2015

Got bored, the tone doesn't change, the stories all 'read funny' but really aren't always so. And too many times you know the endings, way too many times.
Cute by half and you don't have to read it front to back it's not a continuous story, so there's no development of the character, he remains a foolish gay guy throughout.

Jul 09, 2015

Super fast read... hilarious. Found myself laughing, out loud, on the bus.


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