First the bad news for Akron’s David Giffels, the former Beacon Journal columnist, Pulitzer nominee, and Beavis and Butt-head writer: He hasn’t been asked to take part in the new Beavis and Butt-head episodes. So he’ll continue teaching at the University of Akron and writing books about grown-up stuff.
Giffels has just completed the manuscript for his second autobiographical volume. Compared to his previous book — 2008’s All the Way Home, which chronicled his struggle to refurbish a dilapidated Akron house — his next work will be slightly edgier. Be Approximately Yourself, due out next year, touches on his life as a leader of the post-punk band the Difficult and deconstructs his native Rubber City.
“It’s a Rust Belt memoir,” Giffels says, “about a place that I hope will reflect the experience of a lot of people whose stories don’t get told this way — people who stick to hometowns like Akron and Cleveland and Buffalo and Pittsburgh and Milwaukee and so forth, without spite. I may be the only person who took comfort in The Decision, only because it succinctly reinforced our fundamental truth: This isn’t a place where we always lose. It’s a place where we always almost win.”
Now don’t you almost feel better?