Arbitrary Stupid Goal

  • by Tamara Shopsin
  • Narrated by Tamara Shopsin
  • 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the listener on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara's universe is Shopsin's, her family's legendary greasy spoon, aka "The Store", run by her inimitable dad, Kenny - a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York's best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. All comers find a place at Shopsin's table and feast on Kenny's tall tales and trenchant advice along with the incomparable chili con carne. Told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art.
This program is read by the author.


What the Critics Say

Arbitrary Stupid Goal is a completely riveting world - when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life.” (Miranda July)


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Customer Reviews

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I loved it.

I loved it. It let me experience an incredible time and place that I would otherwise be unable to. It does (oddly enough) remind me of what life was like growing up in the outskirts of tel aviv in the 90's. The store is a great place to be, and I've loved every dish I've had. My favorite - mac n cheese waffle grilled cheese general tso duck sandwich - is sadly gone. Thank you for the wonderful stories.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio