You know how sometimes you're reading the new Mindy Kaling book and she'll start talking about the realities of being a woman of color in entertainment and you think she's just about to st Phoebe Robinson's delivers more laughs per page than any other book of essays by a female comedian in recent memory. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. She's just on-point in this book, what can I say? Let me start by saying that this title is everything. A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. I suspect that the audio version of her book would be even better because there's a lovely spoken quality to her writing. I actually recognized 95% of them, which is rare for me! The publication date is October 4, 2016. When Robinson describes a bedroom scene where the woman is wearing an elastic do-rag to protect her afro and she insists that a real man would still get a boner regardless, I laughed all right.
If she is going to have to have this conversation, she is going to do it on her own terms. I mean, why wouldn't I? As a white person, I never knew people asked African Americans if they could touch the woman's hair - it never occured to me that any such request was anything other than rude. This was a pretty fun to listen to. As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise. I went into this blind because I am an old person and not h I'm going with 3 stars on this, the audiobook, specifically. Robinson's writing actually reminds me a lot of 's style and humor when she pens her reviews. She gets funnier and funnier as the book goes on - or at least it seems that way as you adjust to and get used to her cadence and sense of humor.
I'm like an 88-year-old when it comes to pop culture. As Robinson herself says, she isn't. Phoebe Robinson is a comedian, actress and writer. If you're white and haven't read or seen anything that touches on what it's like to have kinky hair, then this will all be news and you will learn a lot, which is pretty cool. It will only confirm that Phoebe is even funnier than you thought she was. I think this is one that I will either do a full written review for or at least a discussion video! A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson.
Every chapter felt solid and consistent and you could read for a long stretch or a little bit and feel really good about it. Robinson makes us think about race and feminism in new ways, thanks to her whip-smart comedy and expert use of a pop culture reference. She also talks about casting calls that are absolutely real and ridiculous. I read the first 50 pages even the forewords which were boring as most forewords are, then I swapped to the audio book, but although I liked the premise of the book - a racial education for the ignorant Whites done in a warm and humourous way. Yes, I'm including Tina Fey.
I picked it up from the library on a whim, based on enthusiasm from Litsy users. Explaining your life to a world that doesn't care to listen is often more draining than living in it. No minds were changed during the listening but I'm happy to report that in my view the current youthful generation seems to get it examples of that are sometimes lacking in my own family. It's not the typical celebrity memoir that I could breeze Comedian Phoebe Robinson addresses race, gender, and pop culture in this collection of eleven humorous essays. Perhaps that itself is proof about why feminism is so needed today. Robinson is a brilliant critic and observer, but the writing style took away from that.
I mean, where's the shame? I started reading this in paperback and couldn't get into it. Just because you can write in one way doesn't mean that you will be equally able in other formats or genres. Robinson had a vision of where she wanted to go and to that end began a blog called in 2014. And this is why I read. Phoebe is my hero and this book is my wife.
It came across to me like going to a comedy theatre. Not my cup of tea. Phoebe is my hero and this book is my wife. Featured Image by Daniel Dorsa. I like touching babies' hair especially if they have a lot and it's like a fluffy cloud.
Allyn suggested I listen to it on audio and I have to be honest, it's the best way to stay interested in it. Not only does she have the ability to encapsulate complex and complicated life experiences into a few concise paragraphs, Robinson has an apt simile or metaphor to go with every one. As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise. Robinson was constantly referring to people and shows and songs and singers that I'd never heard of. So what I'm saying, and probably doing so in the shittiest and potentially most racist, in addition to age-ist, way possible is that, for old ears like mine, her reading style starts off grating, goes to cute for a bit translation: I got used to it , but then goes right back to grating translation: I had enough. I can see why Phoebe chose to end her book this way, though. Robinson has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, Broad City, Search Party, The Daily Show, and the Todayshow; she was also a staff writer on the final season of Portlandia.
You know how sometimes you're reading the new Mindy Kaling book and she'll start talking about the realities of being a woman of color in entertainment and you think she's just about to start going for it and then she starts talking about zits or B. I wanted Phoebe to be a little more inclusive with her audience, to assume that enlightened or curious or any! Maybe I'm not the right audience for a book that uses hashtags and laughs at its own jokes with an L to the O to the L, but I just couldn't get jiggy with Robinson's sense of humor. As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. When the Robinson and Williams standup routine started to take off, tried to keep track. In a nutshell, her book is a grab bag of entertainment and insight.
Recommended for everyone who needs or wants to hear perspectives on feminism and race relations in America. Phoebe is bold and unapologetic in her takes on race, feminism, sexuality, and more. They like to get a fistful and tug. I cannot deal with the whine. .