Not Exactly What I Had in Mind

A funny and incisive collection of essays on oddities of life in the 1980s, from one of America's most cherished humorists First published in 1985, Not Exactly What I Had In Mind is Roy Blount Jr.'s smart and witty examination of the era's most glaring absurditiesfrom the ever-growing deficit under then-president Reagan to the Game Theorylike levels of strategy required to pack for a vacation. In Testimonial, Head-on, Blount offers a loving ode to the virtues of full-bodied beer. In Who You Gonna Call? he enumerates the indefatigable charms of Bill Murray. And in What You Personally Can Do about the Federal Deficit, he proposes a brilliantly simple and populist way to reduce government debtand probably make your neighborhood post office very happy in the process. Powered by Roy Blount's irresistible sense of humor, Not Exactly What I Had in Mind revels in Reagan-era topics, but with a humor that is truly timeless.

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By Erica · ★★☆☆☆ · January 22, 2014
Written in a quaint time when the federal deficit was only $200 billion, this collection of short stories is good for a chuckle at some unintentional prophecies (What if Nixon had stuck with this program and expanded it to the point where he was tape recording everybody in the nation except himse... ...more
By Kevin (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · April 18, 2012
Utterly cornball drivel. I made it less than halfway through this book and I simply could not read any more. It just wasn't funny. ...more