Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant

By the popular Vice contributor, a collection of full-throated appreciations, elaborate theories, and unflinching recollections

Joel Golby's writing for Vice and The Guardian, with its wry observation and naked self-reflection, has brought him a wide and devoted following. Now, in his first book, he presents a blistering collection of new and newly expanded essays--including the achingly funny viral hit "Things You Only Know When Both Your Parents Are Dead." In these pages, he travels to Saudi Arabia, where he acts as a perplexed bystander at a camel pageant; offers a survival guide for the modern dinner party (i.e. how to tactfully escape at the first sign of an adult board game); and gets pitted head-to-head, again and again, with an unpredictable, unpitying subspecies of Londoner: the landlord.

Through it all, he shows that no matter how cruel the misfortune, how absurd the circumstance, there's always the soft punch of a lesson tucked within. This is a book for anyone who overshares, overthinks, has ever felt lost or confused--and who wants to have a good laugh about it.

Title:Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525562771
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    Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Reviews

  • Oriana

    Okay so this essay collection is a bit of a mixed bag, but Joel Golby is very, very, very funny—like, ludicrously funny—with a voice that's sharp and strong and snarky and delightful. He's also a ...

  • Chaunceton Bird

    Generally hilarious. With this wonderful collection of essays, Captain Golby rams the Titanic of polite society into the iceberg of taboo. His frank crudeness and naked honesty, paired with his Britis...

  • Sarah

    The low rating I am giving this book is partly my fault. I should've read some of Golby's articles on Vice before requesting this, that way I would have quickly found out that I likely would not get a...

  • Eva

    At long last, a non-fiction book described as "achingly funny" and which actually is. This was laugh-out-loud brilliant (x5), with pinprick bouts of melancholy that just made this book an all-around w...

  • Joshua Boyd

    I hate Joel Golby cause he made me write my first Goodreads review.I hate Joel Golby because his writing is so good I get disappointed in my own.I hate Joel Golby because he made me have a Big Think a...

  • Tom Fish

    I'm trying to be blunter with my star ratings which is why this is a 2. In previous years I'd have settled for a polite but unenthusiastic 3. I just didn't really find a lot of this interesting. It's ...

  • Pip

    Joel Golby makes me howl with laughter and splutter my tea out - he manages to make an essay about a camel festival both interesting and brimming with brilliant wit. LOVE...

  • Adam Woods

    I have this theory about books and theatre. For some reason, my theory goes, people find things funny in a book or on the stage that otherwise they wouldn’t. Like somehow expectations are so much lo...

  • Joanna

    This book is very honest, and often powerful and moving, and sometimes funny, but I didn’t like it very much. Golby is an affable narrator, and he’s extremely disciplined when it comes to structur...

  • Duncan Vicat-Brown

    Obviously I can't be subjective, but it's fucking great, and opens up the Millennial conversation beyond the affluent middle class, and uh, really fucked me up a few times! I've now bought an eye mask...