REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS: One More Cup Of Coffee

“The laughs-per-dollar ratio is well in your favor, Dear Reader.”
– A.C., Amazon review

“My favorite comedic author in the world. Brilliant.”
– P.S., Amazon review

“…a laugh out loud love letter to the Valley.”
Amazon review

“Tom is a gifted observationalist — a bit biting and sarcastic in his views of the world, perhaps, but he has a keen eye for overheard conversations.”
Kevin Hodgson

RADIO INTERVIEW – “Not a coffee connoisseur, just a connoisseur of the human experience, chronicling the darker end of it, like a black coffee in and of itself, i guess.” I sat down with Monte Belmonte at WRSI to chat about One More Cup Of Coffee. There’s a real leg-room issue in that studio, believe-you-me. But I’m not complaining. I mean, I am technically actually exactly complaining. But it’s always fun to listen to Monte turn my rambling into a coherent radio segment. AUDIO MAGIC. Featuring a reading from “Cash Only” (The Whole Donut, Holyoke) and “Varying Degrees Of Ass-Hardship” (The Roost, Northampton).

“…(a) keen comment on our caffeinated culture…sketching out the subcultural infrastructure in the collegetown-pockmarked Pioneer Valley. A great read.”
– A.D., Amazon review

“…tangents of surreal imagery, social commentary, and self-awareness brought to life with a natural, personable, and comedic narrative voice.”
Amazon review

“…a hybrid book that’s not easy to classify.”
Daily Hampshire Gazette

“…often full of rage at the base foolishness of our entire culture. …wickedly brutal assessments of the most mundane or overwrought conversations.”
Take Magazine

“Although the book is centered on Pappalardo’s visits to various coffee venues around Western Massachusetts, it really isn’t about coffee itself much at all. It’s more about the author’s wry — and mostly hilarious — observations about people and life while sitting in these community establishments. Think Holden Caulfield of “Catcher in the Rye” crossed with Agent Dale Cooper from “Twin Peaks” and you’ll get the picture.” Read more…
– George Lenker, & The Republican

One More Cup of Coffee has not made me a better person, not by a long shot, but it has made me a more entertained bad person, and perhaps a somewhat better regarded one at that.”
– B.J. Amazon review

“If you’ve ever eavesdropped on people at a trendy cafe, a roadside diner, or some weird hipster blend of both, this is the book for you.”
– P.O. Amazon review

“…surreal imagery, social commentary, and self-awareness brought to life with a natural, personable, and comedic narrative voice.”
Amazon review

PODCAST INTERVIEW – “Beautifully illustrated …The book gave me distinct pleasure and joy.” I sat down with Bill Dwight and Jaz Tupelo of The Bill Dwight Show for a rambling conversation about the book, the Valley, and I dunno, Stop & Shop for some reason. A fair amount of giggling. This segment features readings of “Sack Stabber” (Esselon, Hadley) and “37 Minutes” (The Yellow Sofa, Northampton).

Self-styled humorist and cartoonist Tom Pappalardo records his impressions of the quality of coffee and at the same time he also judges the patrons in various coffee houses and fast-food sites across collegiate Western Massachusetts. While he does comment on the caliber of the coffee, his biting comments regarding the patrons of these establishments reflect a rather acerbic personality. From his sardonic throne, he criticizes the old folks, is annoyed by children and their caring mothers, scorns the college females at their computers, mocks the youths, and laughs at the baristas. Apparently this is the type of mocking vision enjoyed and applauded by the youth of this country. He portrays the customers with a glacial indifference and imagines the worst in them. In displaying his somber, off-putting mood, he employs the descriptor “goddamned” about as frequently as the “F” word. While he likes his donuts and pies, a mood enhancer along with an antacid added with the sugar might evoke some more genial perceptions. The too few black and white sketches hidden between the written pages describe a more gracious story than the caustic wit. This coffee venture would do better as a graphic book. — Aron Row, San Francisco Book Review

“I don’t drink coffee but I assume it’s bitter and delicious, just like this book.”
– S.N., Amazon review

“…it takes a certain kind of mind and philosophical approach to life to enjoy this book to the last drop.”
– P.N., Amazon review

“It’s a funny book. You should read it.”
Amazon review

Scene: Busy coffeeshop just after dusk. Location: Northampton, MA. In walks a bedraggled, white-bearded, black coffee-swilling, grump-meister named Tom Pappalardo. His laptop is scratched, stickered, and held together with a clamp. He looks like Liam Neeson about to do someone some very serious damage. “I used to be a semi-professional curmudgeon,” he says, “but now it’s more of a persona. I think I’m actually much nicer than I used to be.” Pappalardo, an Easthampton, MA-based graphic designer, musician, and longtime comic book artist… Read more…
Take Magazine

“A grumpy love letter to the contemporary culture and coffee shops of our little Happy Valley.”
– H.N., Amazon review

“A fresh-out-of-the-oven slice of modern day America.”
– J.M., Amazon review

“sharply written and very, very funny observations”
– B.L., Amazon review

“Tom’s prose has punch (or maybe a jolt of caffeine)”
– K.H., Amazon review

“…a grumpy, funny, kind, snarky, intelligent read.”
– P.N., Amazon review

“I took a chance on this mostly because I like coffee. I was really disappointed at first because the whole thing tastes terrible. I couldn’t determine what the blend was. I kept thinking- ‘Where are these beans from?’ Well, let me tell you, these beans are from Tom Pappalardo. These are Tom’s beans. And they’re not for oral comsumption. Take Tom’s beans from your mouth.”
– A.R., Amazon review