Da questo memoir l'atteso film di Gus Van Sant con Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara e Jack Black
«Ho dovuto impegnarmi con tutto me stesso per andare avanti... Dentro di me non c’è spazio per l’autocommiserazione. Voglio crescere.»
Si può fare umorismo – scorretto e irresistibile – sulla storia di un disegnatore di trentotto anni alcolizzato e costretto su una sedia a rotelle? Ed è poi possibile scriverci un libro capace di far ridere e commuovere? La risposta è sì, se il protagonista è John Callahan e se a raccontare la sua storia fatta di arte, dipendenze, amore e disabilità è lui in persona. A soli ventun anni John è infatti vittima di un incidente stradale causato dall’alcol, e perde totalmente l’uso delle gambe. Riesce però a rendere questa tragedia l’occasione per un’incredibile trasformazione personale: tra improbabili assistenti a domicilio nullafacenti e tossicodipendenti, degenze in ospedali con infermiere molto disinibite e istituti di riabilitazione con suore severissime, dopo una lunga terapia che gli permette di tornare a impugnare una matita decide una volta per tutte di smettere di bere e inizia a disegnare. E così tutto il suo mondo fuori dagli schemi e popolato di personaggi ai margini della società diventa protagonista di vignette taglienti e scorrette come mai si erano viste prima, e faranno di lui uno dei più famosi, amati e discussi disegnatori al mondo.
- ISBN: 8811603560
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 256
Dexter had mistaken a Con Edison pole for an exit and had run straight into it at ninety miles an hour. The Volkswagen had folded up like an accordion, causing minor injuries to Dexter but neatly severing my spine. I didn't notice, though. I was too drunk. John Callahan was twenty-one years old when Leggi tutto
I was very sad to hear that John Callahan had passed away last month. His great memoir of his struggles with alcoholism and becoming quadriplegic was still on my main bookshelf, having survived the great Book Purge of 2003 when I moved to Palo Alto, so I reread it in tribute to the man. You have prob Leggi tutto
An excellent book. I wanted to read it prior to seeing the movie and I'm glad I did. John Callahan was funny, insightful and incredibly talented. This is a wonderful autobiography, illustrated with his brilliant cartoons. I loved it, though if you're easily offended it may not be ideal for you.
The traditional narrative about someone suffering a debilitating accident has the victim becoming stronger, braver, kinder, and more accomplished; going on to win athletic completions, taking up painting. Superman becomes a mensch and an advocate. This is not that story. Callahan does not try to bec Leggi tutto
You know how sometimes two words together make an unexpected thing like 'brutally funny'? This is more than two words long.
John Callahan was a gloriously disturbed individual as well as exceptionally funny human being. However, his life was almost nothing but tragedy and misfortune, much of it could be said to have been brought upon himself but somewhat understandably so considering his history. Callahan was adopted by
I'm not sure where I picked up Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot: The Autobiography of a Dangerous Man but I imagine the title caught my eye, then I realized it was by John Callahan, one of my favorite sick cartoonists [ http://www.callahanonline.com/index.php ]. The first chapter leads us up to t Leggi tutto
This is a sick, twisted, offensive, hilarious, and ultimately, poignant book. It was supposed to be made into a movie with Robin Williams some time ago, but unfortunately, it was never made. Author John Callahan is a cartoonist who, through his own admitted stupidity, became a quadriplegic at age 21 Leggi tutto
this book was recommended to me by a friend of mine in college. it's the autobiography of the controversial/offensive/hilarious comic john callahan, from adoption to addiction to disability. it not only looks at his disability as it relates to society as a whole, but it also points out day to day ch Leggi tutto
I'm sorry that I didn't find this book until just after Callahan's recent passing, but glad that I found it at all. I'd certainly seen a few of his cartoons, but knew nothing of the complex personality behind them. A deceptively slim volume for the amount of misery and hilarity crammed into it (plus Leggi tutto
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