Idiot Boys: a memoir

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In telling the story of his own accidental “coming of age,” English professor Bradley Butterfield tells the stories of a whole cast of lovable, if fallible, characters from his childhood and of the Denver he grew up in from the dawn of disco to the Reagan era. IDIOT BOYS is a relentlessly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and ultimately philosophical look at the particular idiocy of boys and the universal stupidity of man. Each chapter, or “Exhibit,” represents a rough archetype of idiot boy behavior and a stage in young Butterfield’s quixotic quest to figure himself out and become the hero of his own movie. Butterfield’s narration meanders between every phase of his youth, from pre-school to his first semester in college, but there turns out to be a method in this seeming madness as it builds to a gut-wrenching climax involving repressed memories surrounding his mother’s death and the inevitable dissolution of those childhood friendships he thought would last forever.

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If Zach Braff directed *Beavis and Butthead*, he might accomplish the brand of brilliantly touching stupidity Brad Butterfield achieves in *Idiot Boys*. This book is laugh-out-loud funny--full of great gross outs, reckless adventures, weird pranks, and innumerable moments of hopeless adolescent cluelessness. But there's a big, vulnerable heart beating at the center of all of the whacky hi-jinx. A little lost in a world where privilege can't save them from family tragedy, addiction, and the painful onset of adulthood, Butterfield and his best pal Puffer lead us into some uncomfortably hilarious spots. Like Louis C. K. or Sam Kinison, Butterfield shows us versions of ourselves that we might not want to look at *too *closely. So we laugh, and we cringe, and we awkwardly bro-hug our own inner idiot. —William Stobb, author of *Nervous Systems*

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Bradley Butterfield is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Pay him a visit at bradleybutterfield.com if you’d like to read his observations about parenthood, politics, and literature, or to post an idiot boy story of your own.

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