This book is an excellent guide to the finer things in life, as well as a reasoned explanation of why sticking to sports and beer is the more prudent decision.
O'Rourke attempts to demonstrate the futility of modern manners by pointing out its oddities in a comical fashion. For example, O'Rourke talks about how the revolving door has successfully defeated modern chivalry - no matter what you do, the revolving door makes you impolite. You can't hold the door and if you push it to get it started, you're going to go in ahead of a lady. Lose, lose situation for well mannered men.
Another of O'Rourke's quirky commentaries is on drinking culture in the United States. He comments that if attending a dinner party or social function in an official capacity, it's entertaining that people jump to conclusions that people without drinks in their hands are the alcoholics in the room.
Finally, this guy is just an awesome writer. His articles have been featured almost everywhere from The New York Times, to The Wall Street Journal, to even Playboy and Vanity Fair. This is a must read for anyone who's ever felt fed up by the idiocies of etiquette and wants to enjoy the finer things in life.
Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf By Rick Reilly 05/23/2011
Granted, Rick Reilly is no Charles Dickens, but he’s like the Michael Jackson of sports writing. Some people love him; some people hate him, but everyone knows who he is.
After writing the back page column for Sports Illustrated for ten years (1997-2007), Reilly left SI to become a featured columnist on ESPN.com, where his article appears on the front-page every week. If you like Rick Reilly’s column, you have to read Who’s Your Caddy.
If you’re a golf fan, this book is an absolute must read. The idea is simple. Over the course of several years, Reilly caddied for several golf pros and celebrities and each chapter is a narrative account of his experiences.
The whole book is entertaining, but the chapters on Donald Trump and John Daly are hilarious must-reads. For golf fans, the Jack Nicklaus chapter will seem almost surreal. Reilly also writes briefly about some of Nicklaus’s cool and innovative golf courses, including one exotic par three on a beach that requires a ferry to reach the man-made island where the green is located.
Overall, this is an extremely enjoyable read and a great conversation starter because everyone knows the author.
It should be noted that while this book review was done by Dutch, and almost all of them will be (lets face it reading just isn't Robo's thing), even Robo read this book and enjoyed it immensely. If that doesn't get you to read it nothing will.
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