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Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty | [Harris Wittels]

Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty

From comedian and writer (Parks and Recreation, Eastbound & Down) Harris Wittels comes a hysterical breakdown of boasts, brags, and self-adulation disguised as humble comments and complaints - based on his popular @humblebrag Twitter feed. >Something immediately annoyed Harris Wittels about Twitter. All of a sudden it was acceptable to brag, so long as those brags were ever-so-thinly disguised as transparent humility....
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Publisher's Summary

From comedian and writer (Parks and Recreation, Eastbound & Down) Harris Wittels comes a hysterical breakdown of boasts, brags, and self-adulation disguised as humble comments and complaints - based on his popular @humblebrag Twitter feed.

Something immediately annoyed Harris Wittels about Twitter. All of a sudden it was acceptable to brag, so long as those brags were ever-so-thinly disguised as transparent humility, such as:

"Just filed my taxes. Biggie was right, mo money mo problems."

"I hate when I go into a store to get something to eat and the male staff are too busy hitting on me to get my order right :( so annoying!"

Taking action by naming this phenomenon and creating the Twitter account called Humblebrag - dedicated solely to retweeting the humblebrags of others - Wittels's new word took the Internet by storm. Harris also shows readers what humblebrags might look like from some of history's most notable names, as well as devoting an entire chapter to a man who just might be the greatest humblebraggart of them all...

©2012 Harris Wittels (P)2012 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"I haven't read this, and never intend to, but Harris is my friend, so I feel obligated to give him a 'blurb' for his book. He's a funny writer...I'm sure it's not that bad." (Aziz Ansari, comedian, NBC's Parks and Recreation)

"Great, Harris. This is a really good use of your time." (Mindy Kaling, comedian and NYT bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?)

"Harris Wittels is a hilarious performer and writer and with this book he has coined a new term for that thing that drives us crazy. But honestly, I don't know how I feel about this whole thing. It makes me nervous." (Amy Poehler)

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    Arthur Hatch Wareham, MA United States 05-03-15
    Arthur Hatch Wareham, MA United States 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Cathartic to hear your sassy voice. We miss you."
    What made the experience of listening to Humblebrag the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Harris' voice again. It's hard to accept he's gone, it was too sudden and without goodbyes. But hearing him talk, sass, and joke for 4 hours is so incredibly cathartic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Humblebrag?

    Harris' sass and humor immortalized in 4 hours worth of shit talking twitter users for their shameless tweets.


    What about Harris Wittels’s performance did you like?

    His dry delivery of insults is sassy-humor perfection.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for these 4 hours of memories and emotions, Harris. It's both cathartic and hilarious. You'd appreciate how crazy you make me look when listening in public, Harris. People see me going from full-tilt laughter from the tweet-insults to quivering-lipped and quietly crying when realizing your gone, and your genius and your friendship is gone forever. :(

    We love and miss you, Harris.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Huntsville, AL, USA 06-27-15
    Richard Huntsville, AL, USA 06-27-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Criticize published tweets...repeat"

    I have to agree with the last reviewer. For someone who has such contempt for the tweets of others, he certainly spent hours and hours reading them. He even put them into groups but even these were distinctions without differences. I think I was expecting some insight resulting from the amount of time spent reading and copying these things. But all this book does is copy the tweet, point to the obvious, copy the next tweet point to the obvious for page after page.

    I understand that this is a matter of not managing my own expectations. I was hoping for insight. As polished as the author/narrator is, I think even he was becoming bored by the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul West Blocton, AL, United States 11-15-12
    Paul West Blocton, AL, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best purchase I have made on Audible!"

    I loved this book. It is hysterical. I actually laughed out loud every ten minutes or so. It is also an interesting study in human behavior and you can't help but think about some of the things you say or post on social media sites. The author is very insightful and his sense of humor is entertaining. I did not stop listening until it ended. I will listen to this again when I need a good laugh. I am going to be sharing this with friends. I have a new favorite audible book. Don't miss out on this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 06-26-15
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Really a Book - More of a List - A LONG list"

    Here is the summary of this book.

    The author reads a tweet that can be classified as a "humblebrag"
    The author replies with an equally short snarky comment mocking the humblebragger.

    That is it. Over four hours of this - the same joke over and over and over. We get it.

    Seriously. Listen to the sample and you will have experienced the entire book. There is no more.

    How was this published? (Why did I buy it!?)

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-25-15
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "Not my cup of tea."

    Interesting concept and insight into Twitter posts. I enjoyed it at first, but author comes off like a complete jerk after a while. Four hours of the same thing... over and over... and over.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryn 09-01-15
    Katheryn 09-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is Not Really a Book"

    I love Audible and I love Harris Wittles's work on both Parks and Rec as well as East Bound and Down so I was excited for this book but when I listened to the first 20 minutes I was really disappointed to find that it was not really even a book at all. It was basically just a bound version of his Humblebrag Twitter feed read by him in a disinterested monotone without any additional content. I couldn't listen to it for more than 5 minutes at a time. After 20 total minutes I gave up completely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 08-17-15
    Victoria 08-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Snarky but fun in small bits"
    Any additional comments?

    The concept of Humblebrag is very current. I often have felt the same level of exasperation and ranting when faced with the narcissism on twitter and facebook. The audiobook is amusing and entertaining in small doses, but after about 1/2 hour it gets repetitive and boring. I never did finish it (so far, maybe go back to it someday). Overall, the tone is snarky and adolescent but sometimes we feel that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 07-31-15
    Scott 07-31-15
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    "It's what you'd expect."

    If you're the kind of person who'd like a huge list of humblebrags read to you by one of the funniest men who ever walked the earth, then this is for you.

    I have so many audiobooks in my collection it took a while to get to this one, ugh I'm such a nerd.

    The car salesman said the speakers in my new Bentley had amazing quality. I was like, "for what? I listen to audiobooks!" Haha I'm such a loser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mo1971 07-25-15
    Mo1971 07-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "HIlarious - Why didn't I think of this?!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I laughed out loud. Brilliant.


    What other book might you compare Humblebrag to and why?

    Not really a book, but I think of his commentary similar to any of the dry-witted commentators on any of the VH1's I Love the XX's shows. Just dry and deadpan.


    What does Harris Wittels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His dry demeanor - just loved it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This isn't really film material.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BrightJenn13 07-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Humble laugh"

    Very cool and funny short book! Will be quoting it in the future for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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