Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara
Featuring more than 60 of Callahan's original cartoons
“When people laugh like hell and then say, ‘That’s not funny,’ you can be pretty sure they’re talking about John Callahan.”— P.J. O’Rourke
In 1972, at the age of 21, John Callahan was involved in a ca...more
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John Callahan was twenty-one years old when a night of bar hopping led to the accident that left him paralyzed for life. You might think that would prevent him from living an eventful life. Hell, it didn't even stop him from drinking!
You have probably seen Mr. Callahan's cartoons at least once in your life. They are somewhat crudely drawn (on purpose, by the way), generally deal with handicapped people, and make you laugh despite knowing that ...more
Callahan was adopted by an Irish Catholic couple that believed they could not have children and then proceeded to miraculously have 8 children of their own. Consequently, John literally became the proverbial redheaded stepch ...more
I'd seen John Callahan's cartoons before but never knew much about his life. Now he's one of those people I wish I'd had a chance to meet. Seriously, though. Read this book.
For whatever reason, I was expecting something completely different than what I got with this book, and was more shocked at the complete honesty and depressing series of events that seemingly followed him throughout his life and eventually led to the dark gallows humor of his life’s work. ...more
The first chapter leads us up to the accident that left him as a quadriplegic; he was out partying with a friend who was driving while very, very drunk. "Dexter had mistaken a Con Edison pole for an exit and had run straight into in a ...more
Since moving to Portland in 2001 I got to know Callahans comics and humor in his one box comic published in the weekly. They were very much in your face, too honest, sometimes embarrassing -- but funny, almost always funny. I didn't know ...more
Less compelling, however, were Callahan's portrayals of the AA culture and his (justifiable) rants at the welfare system. I personally found the most touching moments in the book had to do with Callahan's search for his birth parents and coming to ter ...more
Some cartoons are included. I only wish more had.
His self-awareness is probably due to the fact that he is educated. He worked hard for it, sure. His partial paralysis was caused by an accident due to self-admittedly risky behavior.
Dark time eventually is vanquished -- this is an epic tale.
Callahan is not a victim and he is willing to share with brutal honesty his reality. It ...more
I don't have many memories about specifics, but I do appreciate much of the author's humor, as well as occasional discomfort. I miss his presence in our world as a counterbalance to a particular kind of ableism that treats lived experience of disability as too fragile for social commentary.