Элементарно / Elementary [06x01-10 из 21] (2018) WEB-DLRip | LostFilm | Les Gardiens de la Galaxie 2 | Password dimenticata?
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot” as Want to Read:
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  354 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews

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
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by William Morrow (first published 1989)
More Details... edit details

Win a Copy of This Book

  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot by John Callahan
    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
    by
    Release date: Jun 12, 2018
    Now a major motion picture directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara

    In select theaters July 13th

    Everywhere Ju
    ...more

    Format: Kindle book

    Giveaway ends in: a

    Availability: 10 copies available, 756 people requesting

    Giveaway dates: Jul 06 - Jul 29, 2018

    Countries available: US

  • Friend Reviews

    To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

    Reader Q&A

    To ask other readers questions about Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, please sign up.

    Be the first to ask a question about Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

    Community Reviews

    (showing 1-30)
    Rating details
    Sort: Default
    |
    Filter
    Melki
    Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: memoir
    Dexter had mistaken a Con Edison pole for an exit and had run straight into it at ninety miles an hour. The Volkswagen had folded up like an accordion, causing minor injuries to Dexter but neatly severing my spine. I didn't notice, though. I was too drunk.

    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!

    Thankfull
    ...more
    Todd N
    Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was very sad to hear that John Callahan had passed away last month. His great memoir of his struggles with alcoholism and becoming quadriplegic was still on my main bookshelf, having survived the great Book Purge of 2003 when I moved to Palo Alto, so I reread it in tribute to the man.

    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
    Kaethe
    The traditional narrative about someone suffering a debilitating accident has the victim becoming stronger, braver, kinder, and more accomplished; going on to win athletic completions, taking up painting. Superman becomes a mensch and an advocate. This is not that story. Callahan does not try to become the poster child for quadriplegics, he just carries on, much as he had before. He gets angry and annoyed and he still find absurdity amusing. I prefer this kind of story. For a similar memoir, try ...more
    Rob Charpentier
    Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Rob by: Mark L. Kidd
    John Callahan was a gloriously disturbed individual as well as exceptionally funny human being. However, his life was almost nothing but tragedy and misfortune, much of it could be said to have been brought upon himself but somewhat understandably so considering his history.

    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
    Erin
    Apr 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: anyone
    this book was recommended to me by a friend of mine in college. it's the autobiography of the controversial/offensive/hilarious comic john callahan, from adoption to addiction to disability. it not only looks at his disability as it relates to society as a whole, but it also points out day to day challenges that not many "able bodied" people would think about. it's pretty raw, but i appreciated his honesty and the cartoons (though not for the faint of heart) are pretty damn funny.
    Nicole
    Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I'm sorry that I didn't find this book until just after Callahan's recent passing, but glad that I found it at all. I'd certainly seen a few of his cartoons, but knew nothing of the complex personality behind them. A deceptively slim volume for the amount of misery and hilarity crammed into it (plus it has pictures!). Fragrantly foul and purely honest, and funny, funny, funny.
    Liadan
    May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I think I've told everyone I talked to over the past two weeks to read this book, so: read this book.

    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.
    Garrett Zecker
    Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Don’t Worry... is the troubling, emotional, and evocative autobiography of the shock-cartoonist John Callahan wrote at thirty-nine about his accident, alcoholism, and life leading to his career as a cartoonist.

    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
    Tracey
    Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: anyone looking for a straight-shooting autobiography with a little black humor around the edges
    Shelves: no-longer-owned
    I'm not sure where I picked up Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot: The Autobiography of a Dangerous Man but I imagine the title caught my eye, then I realized it was by John Callahan, one of my favorite sick cartoonists [http://www.callahanonline.com/index.php].

    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
    Clint
    Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a sick, twisted, offensive, hilarious, and ultimately, poignant book. It was supposed to be made into a movie with Robin Williams some time ago, but unfortunately, it was never made. Author John Callahan is a cartoonist who, through his own admitted stupidity, became a quadriplegic at age 21 after a drunken night of partying and driving led to a tragic car wreck. Among other subjects (including his alcoholism and his fight to beat it), Callahan addresses the car wreck in great detail in ...more
    Stephy
    Oct 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: People in Recovery
    Shelves: autobiography
    AS Drunkalogs go, this is a fine job, with some humor to it. John came out of an automobile accident parlyzed. He was someone who managed his psychological and physical pain with alcohol. He drank a lot. He tells many funny stories about it. He made it sound almost fun. Being drunk is highly over-rated. Finally he wakes up, and the story gets more readable, and he claims himself and his life back from the booze. It is a heart-wrenching first person story about how drunken driver and drunk drivin ...more
    Christy
    Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: memoir
    His recent death made me want to read about how he got started cartooning. I enjoyed reading this for both Callahan's sense of humor (admittedly a little sick) and for his insights in being both a quadraplegic and an alcoholic. He makes light of it, but what an inner strength he must have had to get through this. Makes you wonder if you could do it...
    marilyn flower
    Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: folks dealing with rehab and addiction
    Gary Larson likes this book cause it makes his stuff look tame! this is a no holds bared, tell it like it is experience of the public sector health system, the rehab farm Rancho Los Amigos in LA, where people get warehoused, and as one who worked in a similar system, caca pasa! this irreverent perspective is very, very real and I am grateful John was willing to write and draw his story and find the incredibly dry, dark and off beat humor in it. great insight for folks working in the field how it ...more
    Carye Bye
    Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: hidden-portland
    Very approachable honest book about callahan by callahan. Instead of being more integrated longer story, he naturally separates his story into sections of Drinking/Youth, Recovery/Being Quad, and Cartooning/Work with some illustrations, comics spread throughout

    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
    Janet
    May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I've been a fan of Callahan's cartoons for a long time and remember when he was being published in Willamette Week. This book is fascinating in its gritty realism and stark descriptions of daily life when you require help to do just about anything.

    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
    Philip
    Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Funny, but often with dark humor, story about the late cartoonist John Callahan's descent into alcoholism and welfare and his ascent to sobriety and productivity. The journey is a compelling one because he becomes a quadriplegic while driving drunk, so medical problems, embarrassment and discomfort become his daily companions. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous figure prominently in the book, as they should. There is no better advertising for AA! He also offers incredible insight into nurs ...more
    Jsrott
    Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Callahan's story fits into three acts- angry young drunk, quadriplegic recovering alcoholic, and deranged but wiser cartoonist. I can't imagine what got left out of his story. It's especially relevant in that the experiences he describes with his quadriplegia, getting decent help and fighting for financial assistance in an era of conservative government that is only too happy to slash welfare benefits for the most needy in favor of tax cuts for the least needy is going to be the story (again) fo ...more
    Bones Kendall
    Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Callahan tells a great story. He applies his comic wit to the first-person literary memoir, fully conscious of the genre.

    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
    Lora
    Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    As I noted at the time, this book is subtitled "The autobiography of a dangerous man" and I could easily see it being made into a film. A car accident left him a quadriplegic, he struggled with alcoholism and was searching for his biological parents, but he tried to avoid self-pity (quoting AA: "Self-pity is like wetting your pants in the winter, a very warm feeling for a very short time). He was also a cartoonist with a biting sense of humor.
    Keri
    Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Really great read. I have loved Callahan's cartoons/humor for years, but had no idea he had such an inspirational story of recovery. It's pretty difficult to complain about your own trivial stuff when you read about his life as a quadriplegic, and his ability of get sober and create a pretty great life for himself. His writing is honest and is devoid of cliche or self pity. I wish he was till around.
    Cyanemi
    Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I found this on my Dad's bookshelf. This is the autobiographical story of a man who became a quadraplegic and then a fairly well known cartoonist. Unfortunately my Father discovered him after his death in 2010. Some of his cartoons are hysterical and some are just awful. His story was very inspirational
    Tymber Dalton
    John Callahan has written a darkly funny and brutally honest book about his experiences that blows stereotypical attitudes out of the water. As the mother of a child in a wheelchair, I can relate to so much of what he's written, laugh with a lot of his dark humor, and wish this was required reading for everyone.
    Max
    Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Heather
    Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: ill, autobiography, humor
    This book is one way to make sure you are more appreciative of your life. In a hilarious, raw and incredibly honest way, John Callahan tells the story of his life, including how he ended up in a wheel chair, recovered from alcoholism and dealt with welfare. Great personal story with embarrassingly enjoyable cartoons.
    Ruth Anne
    Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: re-reads
    This was a re-read after many years, and I still like his story. It's funny and smart-*ssed and irreverent and sick. So are his cartoons. But if you aren't afraid to admit you like it, he writes like a friend we all know. I found myself re-reading it after recommending it to someone (who I plan to loan it to).
    Jay
    My rating of this book is based on reading it as a youth and feeling connected to disability culture.
    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.
    Wendy
    Nov 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was our book club read for this month. While it is R rated for sure, it is an interesting autobiography of John Callahan, a neurotic, quadriplegic alcoholic turned cartoonist. It's an interesting book with some insight into the problems of our health care and welfare systems.
    Mike
    Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: non-fiction, faves
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Matt
    I love this book. I need to get this John Callahan's other books even though I haven't read them, I'm so confident that they'll be hilarious. It reminds me a lot of (If I may make a television reference here.) South Park and Family Guy, that level of deliberatly being offensive.
    Cynde Moya
    Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Combines my reading interests in first-person drug stories and first-person disability tales. Plus it's incredibly funny. I read it again and again and am always sorry when it's over.
    « previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
    topics  posts  views  last activity   
    Shepherd Center B...: June 22 - Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot 1 3 Oct 13, 2016 02:54PM  
    • Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence
    • Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment
    • Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life
    • Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability
    • The Plague and I (Betty MacDonald Memoirs, #2)
    • No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement
    • Planet of the Blind
    • We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher
    • Scars Tell Stories: A Queer and Trans (Dis)ability Zine
    • Along The Enchanted Way: A Romanian Story
    • I'm Not Really Here
    • The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal
    • No Life for a Lady
    • The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness
    • Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body
    • Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?
    • Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible '70s
    • Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body
    22 followers
    John Callahan was a cartoonist who often drew on his struggles (he was a paraplegic and recovering alcoholic) for his humor.
    More about John Callahan