Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Perry Block - Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute

I may dig a pygmy, but these folks dig
Perry Block - Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute:

"Perry has the wit, wisdom, voice timbre and cadence of a young Dick Cavett. (To call Perry a "young" anything is my gift to Perry.) I knew this about Mr. Block 40 years ago when we first met. And his writing reconfirms it." - Andy Cowancomedy writer for Seinfeld (including the iconic episode The Opposite), Cheers3rd Rock from the Sun, and more, and author of the comedy memoir Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Starsforeword by Jay Leno.

"This book was totally relatable, funny, and yes, really poignant ... I appreciate Perry's wit and fight. He's not going gently into that good night. Neither am I. Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute is a great read!" - Michele Young-StoneSimon & Schuster published author of The Handbook of Lightning Strike Survivors, Above Us Only Sky, and Lost in the Beehive (selected by Oprah's Book Club) 
“Perry Block offers up his ideas about advancing age in a funny and clever series of delightful musings … Perry brings his wit and wisdom to some everyday situations which will guarantee that you'll not only relate, but you'll be laughing out loud… By all means, buy it, read it, laugh out loud, and enjoy." - Joy Ross Davis, author of Emalyn's Treasure, The Devereaux Jewel, Mother, Can You Hear Me?, and more.

“Perry Block has gathered a collection of his hilarious articles and essays on the joys of being a Boomer in the 21st century. He takes his readers along a desperate path of trying to turn back the clock. Seriously, you will laugh until your sides ache.”- K.D. McCriteauthor of the Confessions of April Grace and Further Confessions of April Grace series of books, and more.

A funny (often laugh out loud funny) charmingly self-deprecating series of short pieces about aging, modern culture, pop culture then and now, and an eclectic variety of other topics … I felt like I got to know the author (who would likely make a highly entertaining dinner companion) while I read. Really enjoyable." - Debra Snider, author of Lost Wyoming, A Merger of Equals, and more.

"Perry Block hates cheese.  If that’s not enough reason to read this collection of humorous essays chronicling the inevitable life of an aging 67 year-old Baby Boomer then I don’t know what is. Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute is a laugh-out-loud cautionary tale about not taking creeping old age lying down (unless it’s nap time)."- Don Holley, screenwriter of National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon and author of Half-Loaded: A Humorous Hollywood Memoir.   

Perry Block - Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute
  The Book

Like you, Perry Block is a Baby Boomer who turned around one day in 1978 and suddenly found himself 40 years later at an age he always thought was exclusively reserved for people’s parents. 

Through a series of often hilarious essays, Perry tries to make sense of it all, aided by his son Brandon and a host of other real and fictitious characters, including Batman, Cupid, the Legendary Jewish Vampire Vlad the Retailer, Richard Nixon, Moses, and more. 

Every Boomer concern is here - aging angst, fatherhood, the singles life, friendships, fading looks and physicality, social trends, the1960’s, drugs, religion, Judaism, the writing life, parody and satire, self-deprecation, and the nagging worry that not only has he measured his life in coffee spoons, frequently the coffee hasn’t even been hot.

Available at Amazon & Barnes & Noble

Now also Available at two great Philly area book stores

Narberth Bookshop
Big Blue Marble Bookstore 


I'm Ready for My Close-up, Mr. DeMillions of Readers
Perry's Interview is clickable here.


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Russell said...


Great News! I had a pop-up on my computer this morning that said ABBA was releasing two new songs. One entitled, "Nouveau" something and the other "Dancing with a Formerly Cute Queen."

I thought I'd let you know since you'd been busy covering the Bill Cosby trial. Did you get any tips from Bill on how to get women in the sack?

Now that you're a famous author, Havertown will become the new literary Mecca visiting just to wash their clothes in one of the laundrymats where you hung a flyer. Maybe they'll even put up one of those historical markers, "Perry Block once posted here."

Loved the testimonials my friend.

Perry Block said...

It will probably say "Perry Block washed his underwear here, but there was not enough bleach. For him, there could never be enough bleach."

Havertown is indeed the new literary Mecca and I am its Gertrude Stein. I believe Hemingway shows great promise, but Fitzgerald must exhibit more passion. His "Great Gatsby," while promising, is fated to be made into three awful movies, one with Leonardo di Caprio.

As for ABBA, they are the greatest musical group since the super group of Beethoven, Tschaikowsky, Prokofiev,and Stevie Winwood. What a shame that when Stevie Winwood broke up the group to form Traffic, poor Beethoven rolled over when he had to tell Tschaikowsky the news.

Thanks for writing, Russell!

Russell Gayer said...

I liked Traffic too, except for the kind where I have to select all the cars to post a comment and prove I'm not a robot on this blog.
My favorite song of theirs was "John Barleycorn Must get Drunk to Read Nouveau Old, Former Cute."

Perry Block said...

Is there still a problem? Is that why I get virtually no comments? I thought the reason was that the one guy who does write was scaring everyone else away! I guess the reason remains as elusive as "the low spark of high-heeled boys," and if I get any shorter I'm soon going to need to be a "high-heeled boy."

Russell said...

Yes, Blogspot is continually a problem. I just spent 5 minutes crafting a particularly clever response on another Blogspot site only to have it disappear when I clicked "publish your comment." I even hit the refresh button to see if it took, but it's not there. I didn't have the time or energy to leave another comment (which probably wouldn't take either).

There are probably some Wordpress meet-ups near you. I attended one in Fayetteville recently and met someone who could help me with my site.

BTW - I think elevator shoes might be a good option for you. Plus, you should get one of those fedoras like Truman Capote used to wear.

Elena said...

Sure the gift is appreciated - forever young.