Buzz Bissinger's Feelings About Dallas Did Not Dissipate with a Good Night's Rest

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There were some cries yesterday to ignore the sweaty, out of breath one-man show performed by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger. Yeah, ignoring him would be cool. Nothing more fun than denying someone the attention they so badly crave. But this was a train wreck you couldn't look away from. And when I awoke this morning to sift through the rubble, I quickly discovered that the destruction was still in progress.

In case you missed it: Bissinger was apparently upset after receiving a bad review in the Morning News and then scant local attention for his new book. He took to Twitter to dust off every stereotype ever uttered about Dallas, and to cram them into a series of 140-character seizures

Some of Bissinger's new Tweets are below; you can read his whole performance here. In it, you'll find references to "having fun" and a criticism of Dallas' lack of good "zingers," which gives a little insight into what ol' Buzz was going for: comedy. Laughs. Hey, we're talking shit, isn't this fun?

He's right: Making fun of cities can be fun, and funny. Really, really funny. And Buzz had the material: our sea of freeways, our shitty public schools, etc. He just forgot the jokes. Brutal honesty is only funny when it's wrapped snugly in a blanket of actual comedy, and Bissinger's just not that skilled a humorist. Smart dude, big thinker, great writer whose work goes well beyond FNL (check out A Prayer for the City). But he's just not that funny.

Which is why, when he set off on his rant yesterday armed with nothing but bitterness and cliche -- his chamber fully devoid of anything nearing a joke -- we ended up enduring what was basically a less clever version of GCB. The difference is, Buzz's Twitter account won't get canceled.

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GuiltyBystander
GuiltyBystander

I would have to read Bissinger's book to make an honest evaluation of it. From the review, though, it appears the book is as much about the father as it is about the son. "Father's Day"? Hmmmm, the title gives you hint. Apparently, it's all about Buzz. (In the picture with his son, his son is wearing a "Friday Night Lights Production Crew" - how CONVENIENT.  This guy steps to the plate one time and hits a home run with Friday Night Lights and suddenly he's an expert on everything. Hey pal ... buzz off.

Marvin
Marvin

The formatting looked way better before posting.  I'll try again. From twitter: @dallasnews It was a vindictive shit-assed review. How dare this fuck call me selfish? Other things sure. Fine. But not selfish. From twitter:@Indefatigabl_ I am deeply flawed. But I have never been SELFISH WITH MY son. Misguided intentions. Of course. Like every parent. My comment: These are my favorites.  All the hype is him bragging about the raw, unflinching portrayal of himself, and he admits abandoning his family for months, because of his son's challenges, but selfish, how dare you sir?  How dare you?

Marvin
Marvin

buzzbissinger ‏@buzzbissinger @dallasnews It was a vindictive shit-assed review. How dare this fuck call me selfish? Other things sure. Fine. But not selfish. buzzbissinger ‏@buzzbissinger@Indefatigabl_ I am deeply flawed. But I have never been SELFISH WITH MY son. Misguided intentions. Of course. Like every parent. These are my favorites.  All the hype is him bragging about the raw, unflinching portrayal of himself, and he admits abandoning his family for months, because of his son's challenges, but selfish, how dare you sir?  How dare you?

ts
ts

That's too reasonable an explanation.  Dallas is at fault here, clearly.

Ed D.
Ed D.

The Austin event had Kyle Chandler, star of the Friday Night Lights TV series, on hand to drum up media attention and lure folks to the bookstore. Bissinger showed up in Dallas, alone, on the Thursday before Memorial Day. I might have actually attended if I wasn't already headed out of town for the long weekend.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

 There's butthurt, and then there's Bissinger butthurt.

Fletch
Fletch

Wow, this guy is an unprofessional d-bag with the temper of a spoiled 4 year-old.  I'm glad I only paid $1 for my used copy of Friday Night Lights.  It's not a bad book, but it was obviously written by a complete jackass.  Sheesh.

Guest
Guest

Someone needs to grow up and fire their publicist...

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Looks like a typical alcohol double 8 ball jag and he's at the point where this twitter thing amuses him immensely.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

Any argument this guy had got thrown out when he used "Douchejuice"

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

He advertised on the Fan? Really, It  does you no good to advertise or even have 100k Watt station when no one listens. obviously the failure here is on Buzz and his PR douchenozzle

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Reminds me of a character from a Garrison Keillor short story.  Guy was a patient and generous husband and father despite being faced with challenging circumstances.  He was able to maintain his charitable demeanor by sending anonymous hate messages.  Bissinger forgot the anonymous part.

ducky
ducky

two things here: A) that's what you get for advertising on the effing FAN. B) I have a pretty good feeling his nearly brain dead son has more integrity and possibly better tact than he ever will.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Like most blowhards, the worst insult you can levy at this guy would be to ignore him.   Let him vent and huff and puff all he wants, and just turn away.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

You just know with his obvious mental problems that this will not end well for Mr. Bissinger, much like Ernest Hemingway. With their literary accomplishments in mind though Buzz will use a BB gun.

Storm_71
Storm_71

He promoted his book signing on "the fan" what did he expect? I mean "the fan" has like 17 people that listen.

Albert
Albert

He's just trying to embarrass Dallas, he knows how easy it is.

Coleman
Coleman

 yeah really. I mean, isn't "douchejuice" really just water, or maybe vodka if you're feeling squirrely?

Tom L
Tom L

 Never heard of him or The Fan before reading this page.

Rumpunch
Rumpunch

That was kinda the message of the DMN review.  How could such a nice, sweet young man have such a dick as a Dad?

There was a link to a New Republic article in which he admitted that he goes on the twitter rants for fun.  The article even mentions his love of using the word "douche juice".  He has no new material.  It is all for attention.  Ignore him as he has ignored his son for the last 24 years.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

your right just ignore him. for you're own piece of mind.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

And how many of those 17 don't think reading is for chumps?

Ket
Ket

Yep. The Ticket guys were surprised to hear he was in town.

Coleman
Coleman

 it's weird how you can be on the wrong side of just about any issue

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