Mike Nelson's Mind over Matters

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Why do some people retain cute baby-talk names for their relatives (like "Num-Num" and "Pee-Paw") well into middle age? How should a reasonable person respond when Olivia Newton-John sings, "Have you never been mellow?" Who's responsible for the sorry state of men's fashion, and is it the same guy who invented the jerkin? Is there any future in being a Midwesterner? Can you really enjoy your lunch when the restaurant is decorated to look like an African plain? How come women keep dozens of bottles and jars of moisturizers, unguents, and lotions around -- all of them half empty?

In more than 50 hilarious all-new essays, one of America's brightest young humorists -- the head writer and on-air host of the legendary TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 -- finds the fun in all aspects of the human condition, no matter how absurd. Join Mike Nelson on an angst-filled visit to a health spa; shopping sessions at Home Depot and Radio Shack; adventures in the very amateur musical theater; a gut-busting discourse on the history of television; ruminations on his roles as husband, father, and citizen; and much, much more.

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Michael J. Nelson is an actor, writer, director, and musician who served as head writer for ten seasons, and on-air host for five seasons, of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the composer of most of MST3K's original music, and is coauthor of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide (1996). Nelson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, writer-performer Bridget Jones, and their two children.

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Despite a previous book, Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese (2000), Nelson is famous for the whimsical TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), which he served as writer and sometime host. These pieces are longer and more involved than a typical MST3K routine, but not much. Bright, cheery, frequently ironic, and generally perceptive, Nelson's stuff is fresher, more inventive, and better crafted than what Dennis Miller and Bill Cosby have recently collected. Nelson skewers contemporary life from new angles. For instance, for the relentless mellowness that overtook rock music and much of society just as he entered his teens, ready for some kick-ass anthems, he blames the evil weed--"mellowness . . . was very difficult to achieve without smoking . . . half a joint"--says that "until the moment everyone started telling me to mellow out, I had never been tense," and concludes that he "did not deserve the Eagles . . . no matter how severe my crime." Elsewhere he delivers "A Panegyric to Meat," unveils a "Portal to Hell: The Radio Shack Experience," and poses the question "Pessimism: Overrated?" Mike Tribby
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