Nothing's Sacred is not only an autobiography by a celebrated stand-up comic but also a biography of the peace and love generation that skewers as much as it reveals.
Aside from two or three chapters about Black's relatives and a chapter or two straight out of his comedy cds and Dvds (like the Starbucks bit and the skit on gay marriage, corporate greed, and Nyquil) this is an interesting, funny, and, being by Lewis Black (of The Daily Show, Comedy Central, and HBO fame), enraging to some, book.
Unlike similar books by other standups (i.e. George Carlin and his Napalm & Silly Putty, Brain Droppings, and I am not bothering with When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops until I can get it remaindered, really remaindered), Black goes beyond his usual stage fare and writes a very interesting, and of course funny, book.
Black began as a playwright and accidentally and eventually willingly became a comedian. The story of his first set is very funny. His take on the famed Yale School of Drama is a must read for any poor sap applying there and probably good therapy for anybody who has been there.
What makes this book, however, is the autobiographical material on growing up in the late sixties and early seventies with the war in Vietnam, the various peace movements and protests, and, last but most certainly not least, the drugs. If you ever want to know what happened to the forward-looking people of the sixties (aside from those who all bought Hummers and killer homes), Nothing Sacred is most certainly a good start. Black makes the times interesting, psychedelic, mordant, dark (not to say black), hilarious, and, is, as many, disillusioned.
Not that this book does not have its flaws. There is no table of contents to tracking down your favorite chapter (or piece, essay, memoir, whatever) is a pain. There is no real logic behind the sequencing of the chapters aside from a thin chronological and biographical timeline.
Still, it is actually possible to hear Black rant on these pages and this makes for a good read.
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Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues: Taped June 18, 2004 at the, you guessed it Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center, this is yet another solid Lewis Black comedy CD. It contains the same kind of dark, edgy, adult oriented humor featured on previous CDs like Rules Of Enragement, The End of the Universe, and the eponymous The White Album.
Stark Raving Black CD Version: Decent and a bit generic Lewis Black CD.
Rules Of Enragement: A great stand-up comedy CD. Black at the top of his game.
Unleashed: three excellent performances aired on Comedy Central.
Nothing's Sacred Audio Book: Some wizard decided to cut this audiobook into tracks that have nothing to do with the book itself.
Lewis Black The Carnegie Hall Performances: an almost excellent 2 CD set of stand-up comedy by Lewis Black
Anticipation: The best Lewis Black CD so far and a classic already
The Prophet: recorded in 1990 and maybe funny 21 years ago
In God We Rust - Richard's review: Pretty good with solid routines on Farmville and the Tea Party
In God We Rust - Brett Watson review: left me feeling refreshed and ready for another, juicier comedy special.
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