In his debut collection of comedic essays (and perhaps last, depending on how poorly it sells), an alleged humorist dishes out laughs on an array of diverse (and not-so-controversial) topics, including wives who drag their husbands to the Bath and Body Works store, the unforeseen pitfalls of discussing beneficial gut bacteria on a first date, and the seminar you’re forced to take when you die and go to Heaven.
Drawing his inspiration from such renowned humor writers as Neil Simon, Nora Ephron, John Hughes, Alan Zweibel, Dave Barry and P.J. O’Rourke (as well as others who don’t require day jobs to support their writing), Coyle is proud to consider himself the unpopular, unread version of them. Having achieved such a high level of obscurity and unimportance at a young age, Coyle is hoping that “Unorthodox Behavior” will make him rich and famous — or, at the very least, rich and anonymous.
Filled with rib-ticking observations of everyday life, as well as outrageous fictional narratives brimming with witty dialogue, “Unorthodox Behavior” brings a little laughter, humor, comedy, jocularity, absurdity, satire, irony (and a whole slew of other search engine-friendly keywords), to an otherwise dark, bleak and depressing world filled with political upheaval, economic uncertainty, and Hollywood celebrities.
In “Unorthodox Behavior,” the author sounds off on:
- Nevada Casinos: “Being a native Nevadan, I’m exposed to the gaming culture all the time. Casinos, table games, slots, rolling dice, free drinks — all of them are threads that weave the fabric of Nevada’s soul. And that fabric’s starting to look like a worn casino carpet with one of those intricate, busy designs that makes you sick — especially after a jaunt at the $1.99 buffet.”
- Valentine’s Day and chivalry: “I also don’t like to hold the door open for women, because it just leads to unreasonable expectations later on. Hold open a door today, and she’ll expect you to get a job tomorrow. I simply can’t deal with that kind of pressure. Besides, I have trouble touching strange doorknobs, and I don’t always have a tissue. It’s much better if the woman holds open the door for me. They usually carry tissues in their purses.”
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: “There are just a couple of things about the movie that get under my skin. Like the beginning, when the candy man is prancing around and tossing out free candy. Charlie’s just standing outside, staring through the window. That always bugged me. If he’s so destitute, why doesn’t he go in with the other kids and get the free candy? I mean, if the happy-bastard clerk is going to dance around and sprinkle everlasting gobstoppers all over the crowd like a freewheeling drug dealer, then why does Charlie stand outside looking all dejected?”