What If This Were Enough?: Essays

Essays
 
 
Doubleday Books (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 2. Oktober 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 240 Seiten
978-0-385-54288-3 (ISBN)
 
By the acclaimed critic, memoirist, and advice columnist, an impassioned collection tackling our obsession with self-improvement and urging readers to embrace the imperfections of the everyday

Heather Havrilesky's writing has been called "whip-smart and profanely funny" (Entertainment Weekly) and "required reading for all humans" (Celeste Ng). In her work for New York, The Baffler, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic, as well as in "Ask Polly," her advice column for The Cut, she dispenses a singular, cutting wisdom--an ability to inspire, provoke, and put a name to our most insidious cultural delusions.

What If This Were Enough? is a mantra and a clarion call. In its chapters--many of them original to the book, others expanded from their initial publication--Havrilesky takes on those cultural forces that shape us. We've convinced ourselves, she says, that salvation can be delivered only in the form of new products, new technologies, new lifestyles. From the allure of materialism to our misunderstandings of romance and success, Havrilesky deconstructs some of the most poisonous and misleading messages we ingest today, all the while suggesting new ways to navigate our increasingly bewildering world.

Through her incisive and witty inquiries, Havrilesky urges us to reject the pursuit of a shiny, shallow future that will never come. These timely, provocative, and often hilarious essays suggest an embrace of the flawed, a connection with what already is, who we already are, what we already have. She asks us to consider: What if this were enough? Our salvation, Havrilesky says, can be found right here, right now, in this imperfect moment.
  • Englisch
  • geheftet
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  • Gewebe-Einband
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 140 mm
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  • Dicke: 18 mm
  • 567 gr
978-0-385-54288-3 (9780385542883)
0385542887 (0385542887)
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HEATHER HAVRILESKY is the author of How to Be a Person in the World and the memoir Disaster Preparedness. She is a columnist for New York magazine, and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR's All Things Considered, among others. She was Salon's TV critic for seven years. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a loud assortment of dependents, most of them nondeductible.
Introduction

The Smile Factory
The Happiest Place on Earth
To Infinity and Beyond
Playing House
Delusion at the Gastropub
Adults Only
Stuffed
Running on Empty
Lost Treasure
The Land of Heroic Villains
The Popularity Contest
Tag and Release
Haunted
Bravado
Survival Fantasies
True Romance
A Scourge of Gurus
My Mother's House
The Miracle of the Mundane

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