[ Audible ] The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah Author Marc Maron – Selindameditasyon.com
By the author of Attempting Normal and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, The Jerusalem Syndrome isThe Gospel according to Maron a spiritual memoir of your average hyperintelligent, ultraneurotic, superhip Jewish standup comedian and seeker The Jerusalem Syndrome is a genuine psychological phenomenon that often strikes visitors to the Holy Land_the delusion that they are suddenly direct vessels for the voice of God Marc Maron seems to have a distinctly American version of the Jerusalem Syndrome, which has led him on a lifelong quest for religious significance and revelation in the most unlikely of places Maron riffs on Beat phenomena with its sacred texts, established rituals, and prescribed pilgrimages He spends some time exploring the dark side of things, as his obsessions with cocaine known to Maron as magic powder , conspiracy theories, and famous self destructive comedians convince him that the gates of hell open beneath Los Angeles As his quest matures, he reveals the religious aspects of Corporate America, pontificating on the timeless beauty of the Coca Cola logo and even taking a trip to the Philip Morris cigarette factory, where the workers puff their own products with a zealot like fervor The culmination of Maron s Jerusalem Syndrome comes during his own tour of the Holy Land, where, with Sony camcorder glued to his eye socket, he comes face to face with his own ambiguous relationship to Judaism and reaches the brink of spiritual revelation_or is it nervous breakdown Marc Maron has considerably adapted and expanded his praised one man show to craft a genuine literary memoir Whether he s a genuine prophet or a neurotic mess, he ll make you laugh as you question the meaning of life Marc Maron is blazingly smart, rapid fire, and very funnyA brilliant and relentless screed David Rakoff, author of Fraud Marc Maron is the first crazy person I ve ever envied In his brainiac memoir meets hilarious travelogue, he demonstrates the ability to tell a story with an extraordinary provocative intelligence that is regrettably shared by few _ Janeane Garofolo, comedian Faith in the face of disappointment is only enhanced by laughter in the face of pain I still believe there are no coincidences, but I no longer think I am the chosen one I think the path of my life has been to follow a trail of crumbs being dropped unintentionally by a God eating a piece of cake as he walks quickly away from a dinner I wasn t invited to on his way to deal with the end of the world There is a realization one makes as one gets older When you re young you really think you are angry for reasons and causes As you get older, you realize you might just be angry It was part of my voice I still craved a purpose A grand purpose I felt that God had put me on hold. Maron s memoir Similar to the portions of Maron s podcast where he talks about his life His experience of life is extreme than mine Scattered throughout there are details that light up important moments of his life that are things that I will never experience There are little relatable moments, like how he gets so excited by shopping for sneakers that he tells the people at the store that they should come with a cape Since I like Maron, this gave me a solid grasp on where he s coming from I don t know that someone who didn t already like him would be interested in reading this This isn t Angela s Ashes which is my gold standard for memoirs And it isn t supposed to be But it is better than a lot of the memoirs that I read about other people that I already like. I impulse downloaded this book to my Kindle while at the gym because I finished what I was reading, and had also recently finished working my way back through all the old WTF podcasts Though some of the stories were familiar from the podcast, this book was surprisingly touching in addition to being funny Devoured it in about 2 days and loved every second of it Love Maron s honest comedic voice. I think I would have enjoyed this if I d read it before listening to 150 episodes of Maron s podcast, where he has retold large portions of this book. I could write a long screed about all the aspects of The Jerusalem Syndrome that I didn t like but won t bother to spend any time on it than I already have listening to it I did not enjoy Maron s narration at all, and I quit counting how many times I almost gave up on it during chapters 6, 7, 8, in which he explains, at great length, his years of almost unbelievable substance abuse If Goodreads allowed it, I d rate it 1.5 stars because there were 4 or 5 anecdotes near the beginning and end of the book that caused me to chuckle This one s really not my cup of tea. Listened to the audiobook I m a Maron fan but this book was of a weaker structure than Attempting Normal Approach as bonus content backstory to that. I feel that this was probably a great show but the jokes were lost in translation There were a few good lines Faux Bohemians dressed in vintage clothes If they couldn t find integrity in their own time, maybe they could find it in the pants of another time The thing about conspiracy literature is that it s perfect for stupid people who want to seem smart and ground their hatred in something completely mystical and confusing He also has some thought provoking ideas All I know is that when I m in a spiritual crisis, I ll do anything smoke, eat, drink, watch TV, get online, buy something, listen to music, go to the movies, take a drive anything but get down on my knees and say, God, it s Marc I don t know who I am any Can you help me As I stood at the Wall I realized that I was part of an ancient, mystical, and spiritual community I have my own beliefs, but at the wall I felt that I was part of an eternal legacy It was something other than the Internet, which might ultimately win out, as it slowly usurps the collective unconscious I think the path of my life has been to follow a trail of crumbs being dropped unintentionally by a God eating a piece of cake as he walks quickly away from a dinner I wasn t invited to on his way to deal with the end of the world I had a moment when I understood the power of the religious community I imagined what it would feel like to try to obey the laws of God To age, move through and share all the processes of life with a circle of people with common beliefs To rally together and persevere in the face of adversity and evil To help and hurt each other in the name of love To be there for each other s successes, failures, joys, and tragedies, then to try to fill your heart with the good moments and elevate them to a true, deep feeling of worthiness as a human being To know you ve done the best you can in the eyes of your peers and in the eyes of God Most important, to try to fight against that moment of horrible truth when you look around and realize how utterly unfair it all is, as the injustice of time and disease slowly levels everyone That s where the idea of God really comes into play It eases the move toward the ground Believing in the grand plan can take the edge off if you let it, because it really doesn t end well for anyone Acceptance Excerpt From Maron, Marc The Jerusalem Syndrome Broadway Books, 2002 03 05 iBooks This material may be protected by copyright.Check out this book on the iBooks Store This material may be protected by copyright. I laughed all day listening to this book, and that s a gift The last chapter was a bit sentimental, but the rest was pretty relentless belly laughs And who doesn t need those Highly recommended Having watched parts of his IFC show, listened to his twice weekly podcast, and even seen Mr Maron perform at Durham s Carolina Theatre earlier this year, I figured I had a good idea of what to expect from his first book Turns out I was both right and wrong Fans of Maron s later work will recognize his grappling with weighty issues of belief and morality as well as his fascination with the ephemera of show business The debauched details of Maron s early career are a less frequent topic of discussion these days, though and after seeing the brutal honesty with which he addresses them here, it s easy to see why he doesn t feel the need to add anything further On his podcast, Maron focuses on the seemingly insignificant decisions and choices that brought his guests to where they are today He turns his erudite gaze on himself here, describing how his twin feelings of inadequacy and mania propel him from the heady days of undergrad hedonism to the dark inner circles of comedian Sam Kinison s coterie and on into the world of paranoid political conspiracies a Virgilian journey that threatens to overwhelm him at every turn At times, the book has the ominous feel of a horror story, even knowing the ending Of course, those are often the parts where I laughed the loudest The narrative starts to flag near the end as Maron attempts to wrap things up a little too tidily, but the bulk of the book stands up with some of his best work.