July 1, 2016

Eat Pray Love... pick 2.

"I am separating from the man whom many of you know as 'Felipe' — the man whom I fell in love with at the end of the EAT PRAY LOVE journey," says Elizabeth Gilbert.

Oh, I'm sure the new story is good for another memoir. There'll probably be new love in it too. If you fell for the first one, I'm sure you'll fall for the next one. Your love affair with bullshit memoirs will go on.


HoodlumDoodlum said...

The word "memoirs" was unnecessary, Professor.

Women love bullshit. That's science.

Oh, men love some bullshit, too, but 1.)it's a different sort of bullshit and 2.) men don't love it so deeply nor so well.

harrogate said...


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Mrs. X said...

I couldn't understand the wild love affair many of my friends had with this book. I didn't make it past page 10. Self-celebratory crap, badly written.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Eat Pray Love... pick 2.

Eat & Love.

rhhardin said...

Julia Roberts fans do well to skip right to the end of Eat Pray Love after the beginning. There's a lot, really a lot, of boring girl stuff in the middle.

Go back to Notting Hill, is my advice, and skip the whole Eat Pray Love thing.

It's curious that Roberts represents the women in general in NH but Grant doesn't represent men in general.

Roberts in EPL represents your crazy ex-girlfriend.

Sydney said...

Pick Love and Pray. Nourish the soul.

madAsHell said...

I'd like to believe the author had an epiphany, and realized her husband was full of shit.
No, instead it appears that she has fallen for another line of bullshit.

Mr Wibble said...

Please respect her privacy after giving her your proper acknowledgement and validation regarding her separation.

Narcissistic twit.

traditionalguy said...

Oh, don't be so cynical. A woman's emotions are her reality. That's about it.

Wince said...

I suppose at a certain age it becomes "eat, pray... shit, if you can".

Laslo Spatula said...

Eat Pray Love.

Lather Rinse Repeat.

I am Laslo.

OGWiseman said...

Sure sign of a crap writer: An unnecessary "whom" in the middle of a sentence just to sound posh. It's not a who/whom distinction, take the word out and the sentence becomes stronger.

Bob Ellison said...

For me, the Hugh Grant character in Notting Hill is very real. Many men, probably most of us, are hopeless romantics. That moment when he says to the Julia Roberts character something like "can I say no?" draws blood.

Birches said...

This post is why I read Althouse.

Comanche Voter said...

Find Him; Fool Him; Feed Him; Shred Him; Shed Him.

Sort of a black widow approach here. Metaphorically speaking first she mates, then she kills. All for another book.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Laslo Spatula said...

Lather Rinse Repeat.

Usually Laslo's comments are both wildly offensive and downright creepy. At least the best of them are. Yet this one is neither offensive nor creepy yet hits it out of the park.

I am not Laslo. ( Though sometimes, late a night, I dress up and pretend that I am... )

MadisonMan said...

At least she didn't call it a Conscious Uncoupling.

Susan said...

Gay Talese she is not.

Guildofcannonballs said...

Great White? I don't see Norm Borlaug though.

Well the times are getting hard for you, little girl
I'm a humming and a strumming all over god's world
You can't remember when you got your last meal
And you don't know just how a woman feels

You didn't know what rock and roll was
Until you met my drummer on a grey tour bus
I got there in the nick of time
Before he got his hands across your state line

Now it's the middle of the night on the open road
And the heater don't work and it's oh so cold
You're looking tired, you're looking kind of beat
The rhythm of the street sure knocks you off your feet

You didn't know how rock and roll looked
Until you caught your sister with the guys from the group
Half way home in the parking lot
By the look in her eye she was giving what she got

My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby

Woman you're a mess going to die in your sleep
There's blood on my amp and my Les Paul's beat
Can't keep you home, you're messing around
My best friend told me you're the best lick in town

You didn't know that rock and roll burned
So you bought a candle and you lived and you learned
You got the rhythm you got the speed
Mama's little baby likes it short and sweet

My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby

I didn't know you had a rock and roll record
Until i saw your picture on another guy's jacket
You told me I was the only one
But look at you now, it's dark and you're gone

My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten, twice shy, baby

So shy, so shy, so shy, so shy
So shy, so shy, so shy, so shy

victoria said...

I absolutely hated "Eat,Pray, Love" and despised the movie. I wouldn't read anything of hers at all. Makes me gag

Vicki from Pasadena

Guildofcannonballs said...

Just saw Sarah Palin.


Live is better, even if prohibitively expensive to keep the riff raf riffed and raffed.

In case any shits might foment: indeed more beautiful in person.

Oh, and Islam puts the eye in ISIS.

I consider you fucks the ears, thought the Great Palin never said that, that is only my extrapolation.

You idiot ears of ISIS.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I thought the movie was pretty good.

I especially liked the scenes where the father prepares the Chinese banquets for his daughters.

I had no idea you could inflate a chicken like that!

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jr565 said...

Anew a novel - Eat, pray, Hate.

MayBee said...

I cannot tell you how uplifting I find it that there are women who disliked that book/movie. Thank you, Althouse!

Freeman Hunt said...

It wouldn't occur to me to read that book.

Carol said...

The first one sounded odious. Women do tend toward exhibitionism, whether on the pole or in memoirs.

Why is that.

Freeman Hunt said...

Another book it never occurred to me to read: the one where the guy hits the girl during (before?) sex, and she likes it. Or maybe she didn't like it. I don't know because I didn't read it. I was amazed at how many people read that. Why? Boring.

Mary Beth said...

That book taught me self-control. I never read it, but I eventually managed to not roll my eyes anytime it was mentioned. I consider that a personal victory.

Rick.T. said...

One of the many fascinating TED talks was on the subject of parasites in which a very bad (good?) pun was had at the expense of this book:

This is Toxoplasma gondii, or Toxo, for short, because the terrifying creature always deserves a cute nickname. Toxo infects mammals, a wide variety of mammals, but it can only sexually reproduce in a cat. And scientists like Joanne Webster have shown that if Toxo gets into a rat or a mouse, it turns the rodent into a cat-seeking missile. If the infected rat smells the delightful odor of cat piss, it runs towards the source of the smell rather than the more sensible direction of away. The cat eats the rat. Toxo gets to have sex. It's a classic tale of Eat, Prey, Love. (Laughter) (Applause)

Sebastian said...

"It's curious that Roberts represents the women in general in NH but Grant doesn't represent men in general." Particular women represent womanhood, and particular men not manhood, when that makes women look best; otherwise, the opposite.

Matt said...

Your love affair with bullshit memoirs will go on.
Thank you for this, ma'am. Best chuckle of the day. Yet, anyway.

William said...

There's a kind of economy of words in the title. Those few words encapsulate all the drivel that women inflict on mankind. I hope she has a nasty, sordid divorce, and then goes on to write fan fiction using Cersei as her persona.

MarkW said...

I was instantly reminded of this classic take-down by the ex-boyfriend of another writer of relationship-BS-for-ladies:


rhhardin said...

Eagle vs Shark (2007) with Loren Taylor and Jermaine Clement has the guy representing all guys, and the woman with womanly grace.

Also it has a New Zealander telling a joke in an Australian accent for comic effect, something you don't see every day.

A flick that's good when you think back on it the next day.

pm317 said...

Well she has to make a living I suppose. What is wrong with that.

Anonymous said...

Without having followed the link or read the book, let me guess:

"Felipe" left Our Heroine for a younger woman, or

Turns out "Felipe" is gay.

wildswan said...

Shoots, Eats, and Leaves - Part 2 The Breakup.

jg said...

Yes, Eagle vs Shark is *amazing*. Go watch.

Jon Ericson said...

Eats, shoots and leaves,

Jon Ericson said...

err, PANDAmonium
needs more roughage, or something...

One Eye said...

I read the book and really enjoyed the Eat and Pray parts.

The entire Love part was very contrived. I'm surprised they made it 9 years. My guess is they've been done for a long long time.

I also enjoyed her Ted talk on the nature of genius. She's not all bad, just needy / nutso.

donald said...

That's a Mott The Hoople song.

Anonymous said...

After I finish 'Tuesdays With Morrie,' while watching 'Air Bud 8,' while fondling the tchotchke Gramps gave me, I'll check it out.

Ron said...

This entire comment thread and no one has done a Marry, Fuck, or Kill joke? Where have the great Althousian barflys gone?

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