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How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood Hardcover – March 20, 2012

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“You will not find a memoir like this anywhere. Usually when people are this insane, they can’t form coherent sentences, but Gavin brilliantly weaves his bizarre outlook on life in a way that makes them somehow feel relatable. I love this book.”—Justin Halpern, author of Sh*t My Dad Says

“An interesting, infuriating read. You will never love this book harder than it already loves you.”—Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

“I laughed so hard I got a headache.”—Justin Theroux, author of Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2

“Wonderfully powerful, funny, and full of life, this book is amazing and a pleasure to explore. I cried while reading the 9/11 chapter.”—Andrew W.K. author of “Party Hard”

“I loved this book, though it may have given my eyeballs gonorrhea.” —Samantha Bee, author of I Know I Am, but What Are You?

"This book sucks."—Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

How to Piss in Public is a Bible waiting to happen.” —Maxim

"[A] compelling memoir...insanely hilarious." (Huffington Post)

About the Author

Gavin McInnes is a prankster, provocateur, comedian, and creator of contemporary, alternative pop culture. He established an underground Montreal newspaper, which he grew into Vice Magazine Publishing Inc., an international megabrand that still defines cool for “the kids today.” He is the author of The Vice Guide to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll; DOs & DON’Ts; DOs & DON’Ts 2; and Street Boners, which is based on his new website StreetCarnage.com. Today McInnes lives with his wife and two kids in New York City, writes for television, and makes viral comedy videos for any corporate sponsors that don’t mind fart jokes.  
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451614179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451614176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd never heard of Gavin until I saw him on Red Eye (Fox News 3AM est.) . He has since become one of my favorite guests (following closley behind Jim Norton); his Scottish accent cracks me up.

Book was good, made me laugh a few times. But it's not for the feint of heart...it's often times quite filthy.

Here's a test as to whether you will like the humor in this book; if it makes you smile then get the book; if you find this juvenile then you may want to pass: "I don't mind women breast feeding in public, but they never wink back at ya."

Call me pig, but that's funny!

Wish the book was longer but that doesn't mean it was incomplete, I just enjoyed reading his anecdotes about his life that much.

The take home message is pretty much this: party all you want as a kid, but grow the hell up when you start getting old. You think a hangover is bad when you're 20? Wait until you hit 40 and suffer through a 3 day hangover.

Heroin = The Devil
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I love Gavin (rather, Jimmy) on Red eye, and thought this book might've given insight on his beliefs backed up with witty, albeit dirty humor and banter. Instead, it's a chronicle of his life depicting drug use, business deals, raunchy sex, and other painful or memorable life moments. The sex parts are probably the biggest problem I have with the book, as it depicts things greatly in detail, on par with a Penthouse Forum or trashy erotica. Normally I can handle it, but I felt a bit cheated (disappointed) as I heard these stories, as it sounds as if it's meant to induce self-pleasure (put mildly). If I wanted porn-to-text, I'd have gotten something else. I expected fun, insight, humor, reasoning and critique, not hearing about his threesomes, cocaine sickness, and flesh-ripped penis (which, again written in great detail, did make me cringe).
Maybe it's just me, though I think women in general would not like this book at all. A lot of you might enjoy it listening to filth, and I did enjoy some (too weird! too weird! too weird!), and the 9/11 parts were heavy. I like the guy; the book, not so much. Had to stop reading this one halfway through.
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I've always held a soft spot in my heart for Gavin McInnes ever since I got his Do's and Don'ts book as an X-Mas gift in high school and spent months re-reading it and laughing so hard I'd cry. He's an a-hole, but a completely funny a-hole, and those are the best kind.
I was bummed when he left Vice because it's been a total bust ever since, but fortunately Gavin's managed to pull off a million other projects that continually remind me how awesome he is. When I found out about his book coming out I pre-ordered it and received it the day it came out. I'm just now taking a break from my four hour marathon of reading it. Um, it's great? Each chapter is a different story from his life, and he retells it hilariously and with such honesty. I laughed, I almost puked, I nearly cried. I wanted to write something like, "Gavin is living proof that you can do whatever you want as long as you're willing to put everything you got into it and not care what anyone else thinks about it", but that sounds really sappy. Sorry. Pretty much, Gavin rules. Just buy it?
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I discovered Gavin after listening to his Free Speech podcast, and after that The Gavin McInnes Show. This book serves as a good base for a lot of what he talks about today, which is always completely honest and uncensored. It's a cliche to say that Gavin doesn't care what people think about him, but it's actually true about him. It's refreshing to read the works of someone who has lost a lot for being brutally honest but never backs down or apologizes, because he believes in what he does. Gavin says a lot of things that other people think to themselves but are afraid to say out loud. Some people are highly offended by his candor, as evidenced by the negative reviews for this book, although as you might expect, none of them are Verified Purchases on Amazon. The fact that Gavin keeps doing what he's doing despite this (usually manufactured manufactured) outrage is a testament to how lucky our society is to have him. Stay cool man.
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A comedic masterpiece that will make you weep tears of crying

All Hail the hipster God Gavin Mcinnes!

Read it!!!
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I bought this at the request of my wife who saw the author on Fox News' Red Eye. It is a vile, disgusting piece of work that tracks the actual life of the author. It deals in the realities of drug use, delinquency, explicit sex and other such topics. I don't recommend it if you are looking for a serious book.

Having said that, it's a highly entertaining book that is hard to put down. Just don't let anyone see you reading it.
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Read in one sitting. You'll need to come down afterward.

'The Death of Cool' by Gavin McInnes is a melt-your-face memoir that leaves you sitting in a puddle of (your own) pee. In my 20s this book would've inspired 'lost' weekends; 30s, daring thoughts I'd be too exhausted to try; 40s, a contact high (even in Kindle format).

Grab it now, ya hoser.
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I bought this book because I am a long-time reader of Vice and have always found Gavin McInnes' videos and writings to be entertaining.

Ultimately I was very let down with this book and cannot not recommend it to anyone. It's mostly a collection of stories from McInnes' "party years," ranging from his childhood growing up as a young punk in Canada, to living a libertine adult life and running a major media corporation in NYC.

I thought some of the beginning stories, such as one where he describers a mishap during an acid trip or when he spent a summer planting trees were interesting, but pretty soon the majority of the stories just become graphic details about his sexual encounters. Sometimes he'll explain something humorously or cleverly, but most the sex stories were nothing more than Gavin's personal jerk-off material. Side note: I found the level of detail in some of the high school sex stories to be pretty weird, as the author is a man in his 40s at this point.

There are a few later chapters that present interesting material. I particularly the story of Vice's creation, and the one of Gavin showing his parents his first tattoo. Unfortunately, a lot of times even the most decent stories ended up just going nowhere.

The structure of his stories typically tends to introduce a particularly outlandish topic (threesomes, drug trips, fights, etc) but never really takes this topic anywhere. Sure, the subject matter is crazy, but after you get past the sensational concept of what is going on the stories never really progress. For example: in one chapter, Gavin describes a threesome he has, and I expected the story to take some kind of crazy twist at the end, but instead, Gavin just ended up outlining how the threesome went down.
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