“Drunk Talk” by Mike Davis and TL Banks

Drunk Talk

Mike Davis and TL Banks
Independently Published (2022)
ISBN: 979-8828551392
Reviewed by Kathy Stickles for Reader Views (11/2022)

When I first saw the title of this book, I wasn’t sure what to think. I guess I was expecting a ridiculous book where a couple of drunks babbled on about life. In some cases that may be funny but, in most cases, I would expect that to be a complete waste of paper and ink. In the case of this book, however, I was very happily wrong. This definitely has some amusing anecdotes where the drunks just babbled on, don’t get me wrong, and I spent a lot of time just sitting there reading and laughing out loud. What surprised me the most was the serious topics that are covered and the insightfulness that the authors brought out in their discussions about each topic.

In “Drunk Talk,” co-authors Mike Davis and TL Banks give readers a group of short essays that are written on forty-eight different topics; from God, to art, to racism, to what you eat. Each of these brief moments will leave you, in most cases, laughing while they actually push you into questioning what you truly believe as a person. The authors spend the book dealing with very serious subjects, the things that we as people have to deal with every day and they do it with humor, insightfulness, and a blunt honesty that is something I think all should use when looking at life and problems, whether they are drunk or sober at the time. These men just put their thoughts on paper and it really gets your mind working overtime. I was impressed with the perceptive way they looked at everything, with an underlying amount of humor. I think that this humor is what really makes the reader want to read and think about what they are reading. Otherwise, the topics would just be your normal depressing essays that no one wants to delve into very deeply.

“Drunk Talk” is a very thought-provoking book that I would recommend picking up when you are looking to read something regarding a pretty heavy set of topics, but you do not want to be overwhelmed with depression and detailed, weighty talks about life. For those, however, that are not partial to cursing or life lessons about the upsetting social norms that we now see in the world, it might not be the best choice of reading material. I, for one, thought it was great.

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