In between hosting a wildly successful podcast, hitting the standup comedy circuit and creating and starring in a television show right here on this very network, Marc Maron wrote a memoir called Attempting Normal. Did you read? If you were too cheap to buy the hardcover version, now’s your time to spring to action: Attempting Normal was just released in paperback. Whether in hardcover or paperback, Maron, in a book, on a stage, or on-air is uniquely fascinating, absolutely compelling and brutally funny.
Here’s the book’s official synopsis:
Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find—minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind—but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.
Attempting Normal is Marc Maron’s journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has always been a genuine original, a disarmingly honest, intensely smart, brutally open comic who finds wisdom in the strangest places. This is his story of the winding, potholed road from madness and obsession and failure to something like normal, the thrillingly comic journey of a sympathetic f***up who’s trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess. Most of us will relate.
Here’s our unofficial synopsis: It’s a great read!
Maron airs on IFC on Thursdays at 10p.