I have put this book next to the Sedaris one in my bookshelf somehow expecting a matter/antimatter reaction. Nothing has happened yet.
Whatever it is I don't like it is also a collection of essays and newspaper columns, and is also very funny at times. But in contrast to Sedaris' absurd reflections, Jacobson is humorous in a somewhat grumpy way. Experiences that would have turned his fellow conservatives bitter, Jacobson twists into humour. Jacobson is funniest when he does navel gazing, looking at his own ideas or behaviour. I didn't always laugh, and I did not always agree, but I did sometimes for better and for worse recognize the grumpy humor.