I can only speak for myself when I say that there are many things that cause us to become angry, annoyed or just plain frustrated. And sometimes it’s the smallest, most inconsequential event that will trigger an outward expression of said discontent, which will often times make your usual calm demeanor seem semi-homicidal.
This is why I find it extremely brave that G. Eric Francis had the guts to write an entire book based on the things that irritate the ‘you know what’ out of him. Francis’ fairly all-encompassing list of 90 things captures the spectrum of life’s little annoyances that every single one of us have encountered. In fact, while reading through the genuinely funny itemized listing of Mr. Francis’ irritants, I found myself laughing aloud more than once.
Starting with his ode to those people who are too seemingly lazy to return their shopping carts to their rightful holding spot, 90 Things quickly moves into more generalized annoyances like the mystery of the turn signal to The Walmart Pyjama Phenomenon, along the way offering witty anecdotes and sometimes caustic observations that we have all thought to ourselves while buying discount toilet paper and all those Tupperware containers we didn’t know we needed – or wanted.
The book then moves into more personal territories, such as the hilarious and nuance-filled 74. When Did We Forget to Laugh? and the racially sensitive “73 – The Difference Between Brown and Black”, both of which allow the reader to question societal expectations and what their personal role is in perpetuating any lingering stereotypes that plague the world today.
It’s a slippery slope to write a book chronicling one’s irritants, especially 90 of them, without coming across as angry, petty or smug. This is why I commend Mr. Francs for diarizing his annoyances so neatly. There’s just enough of an angry tone in 90 things that works without the entire book becoming an esoteric exercise in outrage. Maybe its just me, but perhaps we all should just question a little bit more why we are bothered by the things we are, and what we can do to change that. While it’s unlikely you can control many things in life, at least with 90 Things, Mr. Francis gives the reader some guidance on how to mitigate – or at least recognize, the universals ughs of life.
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