• The Problem with Everything

  • My Journey Through the New Culture Wars
  • By: Meghan Daum
  • Narrated by: Meghan Daum
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)

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From “one of the most emotionally exacting, mercilessly candid, deeply funny, and intellectually rigorous writers of our time” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild) comes a seminal new audiobook that reaches surprising truths about feminism, the Trump era, and the Resistance movement. You won’t be able to stop thinking and talking about it.

In the fall of 2016, New York Times best-selling author Meghan Daum began working on a book about the excesses of contemporary feminism. With Hilary Clinton soon to be elected, she figured even the most fiercely liberal of her friends and readers could take the criticisms in stride. But after the election, she knew she needed to do more, and her nearly completed manuscript went in the trash. What came out in its place is the most sharply observed and all-encompassing work of her career. 

In this gripping new work, Meghan examines our country’s most intractable problems with clear-eyed honesty instead of exaggerated outrage. With passion, humor, and most importantly, nuance, she tries to make sense of the current landscape - from Donald Trump’s presidency to the #MeToo movement and beyond. In the process, she wades into the waters of identity politics and intersectionality, thinks deeply about the gender wage gap, and tests a theory about the divide between Gen Xers and millennials.

This signature work may well be the first to capture the essence of this era in all its nuances and contradictions. No matter where you stand on its issues, this audiobook will strike a chord.

©2019 Meghan Daum (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Good insights marred by myopic views and presupps.

I felt like this book was not written for me- a male born in the late 1980s who grew up facing the contradictions of "anything a boy can do, a girl can do better", and "men and women are equal".

I was not looking for a book bashing feminism. Indeed, the author's point of view was exactly what i wanted: a liberal feminist reflecting on the transformation of feminism over the course of the past 40 or so years. For half the book, the author delivers, and i enjoy the personal accounts and anecdotes, as well as pointing out some of the unfair, contradictory feminist ideals that have cemented themselves into modern culture. But i cant help but feel the author is talking to other feminists her age. Not me. The author presupposes i am a woman and a feminist, and eschews the possibility that a man might want to hear what she has to say. A particularly disappointing part of the book, after hours of pointing out the unfair and often sexist presuppositions of feminism, the author briefly mentions the mens rights movement, saying they bring up some good points, but are weighed down with misogynyistic views, and then compares them to incels. I didn't expect praise, but to handwave counter-movements like the MRM as contradictory after spending literally hours discussing the contradictions of the feminism itself, makes it seem like the author is critisizing something that she still believes is the only way forward.

Not terrible, but this book does not explore both sides equally, which is fine. Just an aging feminist talking about how feminism isn't what it used to be while dismissing the counter-movements of the present, and assuming we know where she's coming from.

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very enjoyable

I'm a genXer that's just as bemused by young leftism as Daum is, so I could seriously relate to everything in this book, I wish more people were willing to speak out about these things.
I liked her candor and humor, but I could've used more data, and the book was a bit short.
I guess I'll have to wait for the definitive genx takedown of the modern PC left, but this was a good start.

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Best summary of current online culture

Daum is an engaging writer and narrator and gives a deeply personal view of the current war on nuance. I ate the book up and was disappointed when it was over. My favorite tidbit was her explanation of the proliferation of the F word. But there are many other great little things in the overall very coherent piece. Bravo!

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Nuance!

Very well written and thought out. The author has an excellent style and if you like this book she has a podcasts called The Unspeakable.

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What a letdown! There was so much promise!!

I listened to this book with real interest, and found the author engaging. She seemed to be a bright young person who struggled with the inanity of post-modern political correctness because she was simply too curious and wanted reality and her world view to be at least congruent. Although she ultimately couldn't quite break free of the casual leftism with which her life had been imbured, I found her alternatively thought provoking, charming, naive and wise almost to the very end. If it hadn't been for the last 10 - 15 minutes or so, it would have been 4.5 to 5 star book. But, the ending seemed like it pulled the rug out fro under the whole thing! And not in a profound or meaningful way, but in being essentially a cop out, almost a caricature of Ecclesiastes. I can’t think of a single book I’ve read in my life that I liked so well until the very end, and then found left the taste of sawdust in my mouth.

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Finally a book for these times that I relate to.

Thank you, Meghan Daum, for corroborating most of my thoughts over the last three years with facts and spot-on commentary. I don't feel so alone. This book is so well done I am recommending it to anyone I know who has been scratching their heads and asking, "What is going on?"

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Daum Is A Badass

I loved this book so much that I’m writing my first ever review. It is smart, thoughtful and funny with plenty of nourishing nuance. I’ve recommended it to many friends and am thinking of starting a book club just so we can discuss it. It’s great for Daum’s contemporaries like me (who loved ZOOM), for millennials and for thoughtful critical-thinkers of every generational wave.

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top quality

title says it all. Daum is a dynamic thinker and keen observer armed with humility and intellect and a breadth of knowledge and experience.

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She hits the nail on the head

As someone who grew up in the 80s-90s I found Daum speaking directly to me at times. I take comfort in knowing others have observed the changes on society I have. Brilliant. Thank you

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Very entertaining and an interesting take on our modern world

Witty! Meghan does a great job explaining our very complicated social narrative. Her take on social issues is a breath of fresh air.

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