Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living – by Nick Offerman

I suppose that someone actually interested in the mechanics of being an actor would be interested in this book. Perhaps someone as ego-driven as Mr. Offerman. Unfortunately I am not that person. Instead, most of the behavior described in the book describes an obnoxious person more interested in his own “hijinks” than in being a decent human being. Of course, since the author devotes a great amount of his book to his youth, one can make some allowances for being an asshole “back in the day.” The problem is that he revels in his past assholeness, rather than seeing the youth that he was as someone with the morals and manners of a self-absorbed child.

So why did I read this book? Well, Mr. Offerman is an accomplished woodworker, and as such I was willing to follow up my reading of his book, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. Secondly, because I had read that book, I was given this book as a gift. Personally, if I am to recommend one of these books to someone, read Good Clean Fun.

As a disclaimer, I must admit that I am, indeed, an old fart, and as such find a lot of the author’s discussion of his sex life and his language grating on my sensibilities. I am guessing that I am not his main audience. Still, I like to think that I am somewhat liberal in my acceptance of human nature, so I actually found my reaction to his writing a bit surprising. I guess I’m more “old-fashioned” than I think I am. In one chapter he says he will keep it cleaned up for his mother, but loses that ability half way through the chapter. I am sure his parents are proud of his accomplishments, but I wonder how they really feel about this book. I would be shaking my head after reading it if the author were my son.

Since I read the whole book, obviously there is some worth to it. He makes a few good points. If I had not read it, though, it would not have been a loss.

Finished 2/29/20