“This literary ‘topping from the bottom’ is the funniest, smartest, most heartbreaking yet powerful book I’ve read in a long time.” —John Waters
“Humiliation runs like a rash over the body of all of Wayne Koestenbaum’s work; here, he directly addresses the feeling, and the result is one of my favorite recent books: psychologically astute, verbally pyrotechnic, bottomlessly provocative, surprisingly funny, and immensely sad. An extraordinary meditation on nothing less than—I don’t know how else to say it—the human condition.” —David Shields, author of Reality Hunger
It is, thus, a sort of collection of very short essays or musings, and it isn't clear how one would characterize it.
Wayne himself seems to know too much about Craigs List and the BDSM crowd, which left me feel ackward too many times while reading this short book.
If you read to decompress your mind and relax, don't humiliate yourself by starting a book you will be unlikely to complete.
I read it across 4 continents and had the odd experience of having a number of people undergo significant humiliation whilst reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by cb5177
One thing about this book... and that was it most certainly was a small book...that being in page count and dimensions. Read morePublished 20 months ago by RYCJ
I am in the midst of reading and 'enjoying' Wayne Koestenbaum's extraordinary little gem and treatise simply entitled HUMILIATION---quite a feat--to expound for 192 pages... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Frankie Mazza
I bought this book expecting something some fun and witty. I was completely disappointed in this, and succombed to defeat. Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Shawna
Wayne Koestenbaum's Humiliation is at once lyrical and methodical, an anxious stream of consciousness that has been organized into lists within chapters he deems "fugues". Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Ste
Wayne Koestenbaum's, "Humiliation" is a unique book. At first I did not know what to expect from it, however the more I read and finished it, the various aspects of humiliation... Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Vivek Tejuja
"Humiliation" sounded like an interesting topic. I was hoping for something a bit more psychological, though. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by Derrick Dodson
Big powerful punch in a small package. Couldn't put this book down.. I actually stopped everything to read it completely.Published on August 10, 2011 by Happy In Life
This is a funny, terrifying, totally unique examination of a very familiar universal experience. I've never read anything quite like this before. Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by D.G.R.