The 100 Books Project: When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

“Here’s all you need to know about men and women: Women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. It’s not the only reason, but it’s a big one.”

“When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?” by George Carlin

I have been a fan of George Carlin’s for a while now, ever since a high school boyfriend introduced me to him, which resulted in us spending a lot of time listening to his stand up while we hung out idly doing nothing important at all. I consider myself extremely lucky that I even got a chance to see him live before he died a few years ago. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? is one of his many books that basically regurgitates a good deal of his stand-up material into a convenient, readable book form, which means that it’s just as entertaining as the original performances themselves.

…Okay, that’ snot true. So much of Carlin’s charisma and effectiveness come from his acerbic tone and physical comedy, his expressions, his movements, his emphatic gestures, all of which are clearly lacking in book form. If you’re like me, you know these skits and you can hear them playing in your head as you read them on the page, interposing them with the words so you, which brings them to life a little more. Most of the book focuses on Carlin’s disdain for euphemism and what he calls “soft language,” which actually does work well in printed form, and are always classic and things any writer should expose themselves to as a good look at the phrases we use and why we use them. My favourite parts of the book, though, are easily the “Bits and Pieces” segments scattered throughout the books, which are less ranting about certain topics and just little random sentiments and thoughts and one-liners that made me smile.

There are a lot of classic gems in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, though I still greatly prefer to watch and listen to Carlin than to read him. Still, I read the book because it was there and it would make a nice filler for my book count, and there you have it. It was filled with the usual turns of phrases, unabashed foul language, and unapologetic criticisms of our messed up society. Mission accomplished and I spent the last week or so just being a little more vulgar and sarcastic than usual, and I think that’s a good thing.

Books read: 44 out of 100.


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