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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tuesdays With Morrie

I went into this book expecting to hate it.  No writer is more symbolic of the Oprahfication of our culture than Mitch Albom.  Oprahfication is the process of massaging your broken feelings with material goods and platitudes and the ultimate Oprahfied good is a book full of platitudes.  I decided to give this book a spin because it was free, and it was short.  I love low commitment levels when I'm trying something new.

Tuesdays with Morrie is the story of Mitch Albom visiting his old sociology professor as a grown up man and spending time with him as he dies of Lou Gehrig's disease.  It seems as if that might make for a sweet story but I don't really care to hear all the sunshine that dying people have to pass around.  Morrie goes through the predictable lectures about how you should spend time with family and friends, take care of your health and dance like no one is watching.

Someday I'd like to see the book from the guy who spends his dieing days getting revenge on those who deserve it while he still can, says mean things to people that have disappointed him so they can feel guilty for the rest of their lives, and spends all his cash on decadent pleasures .  Unfortunately that book hasn't come out, I guess because for some reason the normal bucket list is fairly benign.

I didn't quite hate it as much as I thought I would, Mitch does show some writing talent.  I just feel like Mitch lets us play the part of voyeur into the room of a dying man in exchange for a little money and fame.  The main life lesson this book taught me of is that our society is quick to sell privacy and cheap sentiment.

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