In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders?
With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays leave us with newfound wisdom and a unique prism through which to examine our own chaotic journeys through life. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.
©2012 Tim Kreider (P)2014 Seneca and Marcus LLC
Some good stories some not so good. All in all though worth reading. The author too often assumes his own thoughts and motivations are the same as everyone else's he therefore applies motives to groups of people he clearly doesn't understand. This gets annoying and gives him an elitist air about him. All that said I am still happy that I listened to the book and would enjoy hanging out with him at the oyster bar he seems to like so well.
Tim's book is mind-blowing. The fact that he succeeds to narrate it in such a tone of voice that brings out all the intense emotions he regular convers in his writing is even further awesome. As one critic accurately put it, the stories Tim tells are some of the kind you only have with a best friend or a complete stranger, in a quiet bar, around closing time!!
The authors profound insights into himself and his experiences reached me on a very personal level. I laughed hysterically and even shed some tears thinking of my own experience. Thank you Tim Ferris for this recommendation.
Hilarious, but Tim is endlessly self-indulgent and seems to learn nothing by the end! And his attempts to wax philosophical come across as excessively selfish and arrogant, even for the context.
This book is great. You know it's good when an author gets into your head and changes the way you think. I recommend this book to anybody who wants to squeeze the juice out of life.
Tim does a great job describing many ethereal and ubiquitous aspects of modern life, down to survivalist vs the lazy and love in all forms.
It is an amusing collection of essays that makes you ponder... a lovesick person wouldn't know the difference between a bold romantic gesture and stalking; it's the recipient who distinguishes that difference - when the recipient falls for the gesture or slaps the person with a restraining order. Some stories are not as relatable unless you've had friends who are drug addicts, love the rush of crazy relationships, or have insane murderous relatives. It's a "read and ruminate" kind of book.
"Could not stop listening."
Too many to remember one
The right intonation
A cried a few times
Can't wait for another of his audiobooks!
"A genuine treat"
An honest account of the things life can throw at us. Learnt about this through the Tim Ferriss Podcast and glad I gave it a go.
Didn't really know east to expect from this book. It took a while for me to get into it, but then I started to enjoy the stories. Very funny, clever vocabulary, and very thought provoking.
"Superb and insightful"
Unsurpassed insight into the human condition communicated with wit and humility. A 'must listen' audiobook.
"Thought provoking and funny"
An engrossing and engaging look back by the author at his life. I meant to listen to a little a day over a month but got sucked in and blasted through in a very few days. If you like to think, ponder or dissect what life is all about then this is for you.
"Random but not lacking in charm"
This is quite a strange book : I'm not quite sure why the author wrote it or I why I bought it. To read it is like sitting in a café with a witty and personable friend who is freely reminiscing about other friends and experiences he has had over his lifetime. If, like me, this sort of activity takes up rather less of your life that you would ideally like, listening to Tim Kreider is a pleasant substitute. Tim has some interesting things to talk about - being adopted and meeting his half sisters at age 40, having a close male friend who becomes a woman, being a life-long progressive in the USA - and he paints the feelings he experienced and then analyses them with wit and insight. He has a great turn of phrase at times 'I felt the opposite of heart-broken', and a balanced and intelligent outlook. I listened to the book while swimming, and would recommend it for a train journey as a light, companionable, quite brief listen.
A lot of this really put my life in perspective in a good and bad and hilarious way. 10/10. The first chapter and one about being angry should be listened to by everyone.
Loved the smart and honest reflections on life matters. A very pleasant listen. Great narrator too.
"You'll want to give this book to friends"
What a wonderful book. Never before have I known a writer so perfectly capture what it means to be human, with all our weirdness, imperfections and beauty. It translates well to audiobook, although Tim's delivery may be a little dry and too-cool-for-school for some.
"Sitting in on a great philosophical bar room chat"
Sitting in on a great, philosophical, bar room chat, just the right number of drinks in.
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