Title: Sleepwalk With Me
Publication Info: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010.
Summary/Review: Stand-up comedian, monologist, and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia writes about his life and sleepwalking issues in this collection of autobiographical essays. In the early going, I was disappointed because these were the same exact stories I’ve heard before but lacking the same resonance they have when you hear Birbilia’s voice. Later on, the book improves as the written form of his storytelling gets better for less familiar stories. If you like Birbiglia’s work in stand-up, storytelling, or even his upcoming movie you might like this book. On the other hand, he may just work better in those other media and this book is extraneous.
p. 102 – “Data entry is a fascinating job where you .. type … in … data….that’s been…written on something else. You can press tab and jump from field to field, and you need to remember to capitalize proper nouns like people’s names and their streets. The first ten minutes of data entry fly by, because you’re really getting the hang of it. The remaining seven hours and fifty minutes go a lot more slowly, because you glance at the clock after you finish every entry. Data entry is the white-collar equivalent of potato peeling.”