The Fun Parts (2020)

The Fun Parts Sam Lipsyte The Fun Parts A boy eats his way to self discovery while another must battle the reality brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm Elsewhere an aerobics instructor the daughter of a Holocaust survivor make
  • Title: The Fun Parts
  • Author: Sam Lipsyte
  • ISBN: 9780374298906
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
The Fun Parts Sam Lipsyte A boy eats his way to self discovery, while another must battle the reality brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm Elsewhere, an aerobics instructor the daughter of a Holocaust survivor makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul These are just a few of the characters you ll encounter in Sam Lipsyte s richly imagined world.Featuring a grizzled andA boy eats his way to self discovery, while another must battle the reality brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm Elsewhere, an aerobics instructor the daughter of a Holocaust survivor makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul These are just a few of the characters you ll encounter in Sam Lipsyte s richly imagined world.Featuring a grizzled and possibly deranged male doula, a doomsday hustler who must face the multi universal truth of the real ass jumbo, and a tawdry glimpse of a high school shot putting circuit in northern New Jersey, circa 1986, Lipsyte s short stories combine the tragicomic brilliance of his beloved novels with the compressed vitality of Venus Drive The Fun Parts is Lipsyte at his very best a far ranging exploration of new voices and vistas from the most consistently funny fiction writer working today Time.
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  1. christa

    I m testing a theory that where you fall on the Lipsyte ometer can be determined by what this passage does to the reading parts of your brain specifically the last sentence Ypsilanti was easy to leave I wasn t from there I d just landed there The Michigan Eviscerations had begun in Manhattan Martha was a junior at NYU, heiress to a fuel injection fortune I was a cheeky barista who kept penciling my phone number on her latte s heat sleeve Cheeky and, I should add, quite hairy Martha finally diale [...]

  2. RandomAnthony

    I liked but didn t love The Fun Parts But I was close Three and a half stars, I think, because of Lipsyte s talent with turning out subtle, funny phrases at a heady rate None of the stories bored me, and a few neared transcendence esp the first one, with a young woman getting older, perhaps pining for the safety of a rich man with a son at the school where she s a teaching assistant, and the one with the male doula doulo who starts to lose his mind The dungeons and dragons story was great as wel [...]

  3. Judy

    I picked this book up because reviews said he was funny Since I m always in the market for humor and short stories are a nice change of pace, I was all gung ho to read this book Having read it now, the two stars is a nod to his ability to write, not the content Put me in the column of folks not impressed by tragi comedy These stories are flat out depressing, at times gross, consisting of characters I cannot connect with at all I m impressed with Lipsyte s ability but nothing else.More reviews on [...]

  4. Tuck

    billed at hilarious, struck me rather as hysterical and cynical perhaps it s a nyc thing good stories though, with lots of rich detail and character and plot packed into 10 or so pages here is a tiny bit from opening of the republic of empathy But Peg really wanted another baby, said we owed Philip a bother or sister That seemed like a pretty huge debt What do you do for the second child Have a third Peg, I said But I had no follow up Or was it follow through Peg sat at the kitchen table scribbl [...]

  5. Kevin

    I find it strange that whenever I read story collections that include pieces originally published in the New Yorker, I can usually tell I found the NYer stories in The Fun Parts are actually the least fun of the bunch And I feel the same way with George Saunders NYer stories most of the time too What is it Do the editors there suck something out of their stories before sending them to print Well, that being said, the REST of the new Lipsyte collection is 5 star action up the ying yang Snacks, Na [...]

  6. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Sam Lipsyte has an ability to make me laugh uncomfortably, the way you would do after having a shared awkward experience where someone loses it in front of you The characters in his short stories are always out of place, trying to cope with reality, failing, and the author is not afraid to push their scenarios to the most outrageous conclusion.My favorites The Climber Room for the ending , The Wisdom of the Doulas is the male doula doulo crazy, or is the world Also don t have kids We forget, whe [...]

  7. Emily Simpson

    This is a generous three stars Do I think Sam Lipsyte is a good writer I do Do I think this collection is representative of his full capabilities I absolutely don t For the most part in The Fun Parts, Sam takes people with problems self image or socially stemming ones, work related gripes, or oftentimes all of these and throws a wrench into their works Fine so far.It s mostly with his stylistic choices I take issue Sam can spin an okay yarn in sense that he always grounds us on literal terms in [...]

  8. Joseph Michael Owens

    pg 101 W e earn our fee on the second day Yesterday the Gottwalds were the stunned and grateful progenitors of a mewling miracle Today they are the smug bastards they ve probably always been and the Gottwald baby, well, he, might be only two days old, but I can already predict he s going to be a miserable little turd.

  9. Josh Friedlander

    With respect to the New Critics, Sam Lipsyte is best understood as a product of two formative influences an Ivy League background he attended Brown and currently teaches at Columbia and a major, drug fueled starving artist period in the 90s Brooklyn punk scene, as a part of the band Dungbeetle His stories are full of brilliant one liners and elegant descriptions, but at the broader level, they fail to cohere, often switching tack abruptly Is he getting bored by his subject material Is there a po [...]

  10. Alessandra

    questi racconti hanno una copertina magnifica Peccato che per il resto io li abbia trovati incomprensibili E come se, sotto ognuna delle storie strampalate, ci fosse uan sublime e profonda morale che ci permette di capire meglio l ipocrisia borghese dei nostri tempi ma devo essere stupida, e mi sfugge.Lasciati a met.

  11. Rayroy

    Sam Lipsyte is great a post 9 11 Yankee Barry Hannah with an eye for mordern life like Don DeLillo Very fine stuff here Top shelf.

  12. Bibliophile Britt

    Had I read this collection of short stories in high school, I would have convinced myself that I liked it I would have felt like, as an avid reader and intellectual person , I was supposed to like it I would have talked about it with my friends at school, all of us pretending to have gained some sort of Deeper Understanding from its sardonic, abstract perspective But I am now an adult, and I can confidently say with only minimal damage to my pride that I did not quite get this book Yes, it was w [...]

  13. Matt Holloway

    Sam Lipsyte is the funniest, most lyrical prose writer alive today That said, he s clearly rushed this one out to benefit his growing family Well, Sam, congrats on the kid For the next book, please try harder.

  14. Amy

    Sometimes great, sometimes just too clever With short story collections, I m used to finding one story a hit and the next one not so much Here, the first part of a story would dazzle me, and then the rest would disappoint Some brilliant dialogue, though A 3.5 star for me.

  15. Jenny Shank

    dallasnews entertainmeBook review The Fun Parts, by Sam LipsyteBy JENNY SHANK Special ContributorPublished 16 March 2013 11 26 AMThe warm reception for Sam Lipsyte s most recent novels, Homeland and The Ask, enhanced his reputation for savage and profane satire But if you re the sort of reader who craves endearing characters along with wild scenarios and funny dialogue, Lipsyte s stories might be the place to start.The 13 stories in The Fun Parts delve into the lives of high school shot putters, [...]

  16. Bill Breedlove

    I read some of the other reader reviews with dismay, but to each his her own and all that, I guess I was not familiar with Mr Lipsyte s work, having only read the leadoff story The Climber Room in the New Yorker I recalled enjoying that story when I read it, but not being motivated enough to look up the author and seek out other works although I tend to read the New Yorker before bed in the evening, and by the time I get to the fiction, after reading very long, very detailed articles, I am often [...]

  17. Amy

    I really liked about half of the stories in this book, particularly The Dungeon Master, The Wisdom of the Doulas, and Snacks Sometimes Lipsyte s weird, knotty phrases were hilarious or insightful or heartbreaking But sometimes the effort of deciphering his wadded up word blobs just wore me out WTF, The Real Ass Jumbo The punch in the gut Really, the Dungeon Master calls again No hard feelings It must be the dumbest thing he s ever said No hard feelings What could ever be harder than feelings

  18. Po Po

    Crude, debauched, and 110% outrageous Every character is bloody rotten to the core.Phrases I now want to use stinky sweet snapper hole and teen poot A snippet But life gets really murky sometimes It s true, honey Like a fish tank nobody cleans Just fish shit and dead fish But that s how you know it s life Not a book I would suggest to my parents, or any old er sensitive folks.

  19. Eric T. Voigt

    I tried to explain how The Wisdom of the Doulas spirals out of control to a co worker I couldn t I kept giggling When I think back to any line I can think back to I start to smirk like a dumbass I was telling my parents about The Fun Parts and couldn t come up with very good synonyms for dark comedy so I stuck with it s just crazy Such a bleak, yet hilarious and batshit nuts world Lipsyte writes Way great.

  20. David Winters

    Lipsyte has always been at his stylistic best in the short form While The Fun Parts does contain a couple of overcooked duds e.g The Republic of Empathy , they don t really detract from this cruelly funny collection My review is here.

  21. Randa

    Loved this collection My faves were Deniers, This Appointment, Snacks, and Wisdom of the Doulas The Worm in Philly and Expressive were goddamn brilliant Great sentences, decadent humor, excellent masturbation scenes it s all here Wish there were contemporary collections like this one.

  22. Hank Stuever

    Fan f cking tastic So enjoyed these short stories by a writer I ve always deeply admired and flat out envied Nice to see what it looks like when he s just noodling around Not a sentence wasted the discipline is as striking as the humor Saved it for vacation this week and so happy I did Bravo.

  23. Deborah

    Reading one story at a time They read like they ve been written by Louis CK Sharp, funny, disquieting, true Overdue at the library Decided to Read some of the stories a second time before returning the book.

  24. Katie

    Humorous but not terribly funny The humor is derived from the exploits of off balance people who have no clue they aren t well I have a feeling I will think back on these stories and time will skew their impact.

  25. Shaun Bossio

    The stories range from good, to solid, but the book was worth 14 just for a copy of The Worm in Philly One of the best short stories I ve ever read, simply put.

  26. Tittirossa

    Quante volte me lo sono detta non ti fidare delle recensioni, non ci cascare, neanche se sono di anobiani, neanche se il libro sembra interessante, neanche se sembra promettente E invece ci ricasco sempre Rimasticatura mal digerita di autori a loro volta rimasticatori con apparati digerenti scarsi.

  27. Zack Quaintance

    In Sam Lipsyte s second collection of stories, the language and ideas are as irrepressibly singular as in his first collection, Venus Drive, but the characters here come into better focus, creating narratives that are at once accessible and profound.

  28. Brian Longtin

    A tight, wry collection shot through with just the right amount of bitterness and guilt Like so many great short stories, they console by revealing how none of us are doing quite as well as we d like.

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