By Rachel Shukert

“Shukert's sharp comedian turns careen smack into the center of our hearts."
Los Angeles Times 

Everything goes to Be Great, is performer, playwright, comic, and writer Rachel Shukert’s hilarious memoir of touring via Europe in her twenties. She chronicles her younger navigation in the course of the haphazard enjoyable and debauchery of recent freedoms, and the growing to be pains that finally accompany “adulthood.” lovers of Sloane Crosley and David Sedaris are going to like Shulkert’s tale, and her sharp, clever humor.

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I had to go out there anyway, to meet my attorney. A. in the late afternoon. I drove very quietly on the freeway, gripping my normal instinct for bursts of acceleration and sudden lane changes – trying to remain inconspicuous – and when I got there I parked the Shark between two old Air Force buses in a “utility lot” about half a mile from the terminal. Very tall buses. Make it hard as possible for the fuckers. A little walking never hurt anybody. By the time I got to the terminal I was pouring sweat.

What the hell is wrong with you? ” After much difficulty, we got back to the room and tried to have a serious talk with Lucy. I felt like a Nazi, but it had to be done. She was not right for us – not in this fragile situation. It was bad enough if she were only what she appeared to be – a strange young girl in the throes of a bad psychotic episode – but what worried me far more than that was the likelyhood that she would probably be just sane enough, in a few hours, to work herself into a towering Jesus-based rage at the hazy recollection of being picked up and seduced in the Los Angeles International Airport by some kind of cruel Samoan who fed her liquor and LSD, then dragged her to a Vegas hotel room and savagely penetrated every orifice in her body with his throbbing, uncircumcised member.

He knew all along. It was He who sacked me in Baker. I had run far enough, so He nailed me… closing off all my escape routes, hassling me first with the CHP and then with this filthy phantom hitchhiker… plunging me into fear and confusion. Never cross the Great Magnet. I understood this now and with understanding came a sense of almost terminal relief. Yes, I would go back to Vegas. Slip the Kid and confound the CHP by moving East again, instead of West. This would be the shrewdest move of my life.

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