My Horizontal Life
Do you know Chelsea Handler? She’s a New Jersey born comedienne who has appeared on various TV shows including Girls Behaving Badly, The Bernie Mac Show and The Tonight Show. She now has her own show on E! called Chelsea Lately that focuses on Hollywood gossip and is completely over the top, disrespectful, inappropriate and absolutely hysterical. So, of course, when a friend of mine brought me her book, I lept on it with a frenzy.
I wasn’t planning on writing up a review of this book but I had such an overwhelming response to my Singular Saturday comment that I felt I must appease the masses. 😉
My Horizontal Life is a series of short stories about various sexual encounters she has had during her life time. In fact, the book’s subtitle is A Collection of One-Night Stands. Now, in no way would I describe this book as good literature, but wow, is it ever a fun read!
The best description of this book I have read yet says, “Chelsea Handler writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and nineteen-year-olds.” Oh how true it is!
Obviously I would not recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly prudish, but I laughed my way through it, literally out loud laughing.
Each chapter of the book is a tale of a sexual encounter with a total stranger. Ok, sometimes they weren’t total strangers, she may have met them on the internet or spoken with them for 10 minutes or so before following them home.
Now I realize that in the culture of “abstinence only sex-ed”, a book like this is bound ot be highly unpopular. However, I think the idea of teaching absitnence instead of sex-ed is not only ignorant and narrow minded, but also hazardous. There is nothing wrong with sexuality. In fact, let’s be honest, sex is a good thing, and done properly a GREAT thing. Although Chelsea’s take on sexual promiscuity is perhaps a bit extreme, I have to applaud her on one thing for sure: She is happy with herself and is not ashamed of her actions simply because a large segment of society thinks she should be. The overwhelming vibe I got from this book was that of a woman who had no qualms about being who she wanted to be, even if her actions might be considered by the society at large as being more appropriate for men than women. Fuck that. There is no reason a man can take pride in the notches on his belt and a woman can’t. As long as the sex is safe, who cares if it’s with midgets or strangers.
NEXT UP : Vanilla Bright Like Eminem by Michael Faber. This is a book of short fiction by a British author. Other than that, I know nothing about it. It was brought to me by a friend who knew I was looking for something new to read.