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Oh, the Humanity!: A Gentle Guide to Social Interaction for the Feeble Young Introvert Paperback – October 8, 2007

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About the Author

Jason Roeder had contributed humor pieces to The New Yorker, Salon, Cracked magazine, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency as well as the books Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category and The Future Dictionary of America. His fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Cimarron Review, Sycamore Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review, which nominated him for a 2006 Pushcart Prize.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tow Books (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582975116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582975115
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,754,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jason Roeder was born in New York but spent most of his childhood in South Florida. He studied psychology but abandoned the field when he realized he didn't have the tact for clinical work or the rudimentary algebra skills for research. He moved onto journalism and recently left an editorial job at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Yes, he's unemployed. Stop bugging him about that. He's looking, okay?

Jason's writing has appeared in The New Yorker,, McSweeney's, Radar magazine, and elsewhere. His humor book, "Oh, the Humanity! A Gentle Guide to Social Interaction for Feeble Young Introvert," is available, you know, wherever books tend to congregate. He recently moved to New York because he's convinced that city is a vast untapped market for a writer.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By scott on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book satrizes patronizing manuals on interpersonal skills, and pokes fun at the inhibitions and hang-ups those books target in the first place. If you're an introvert, then you know that things like making small talk, correct body language, and nervous chatter are problems. Problems that usually lead to hilariously awkward situations worthy of a television sit-com. But when you get down to it, isn't that just life? And you need a self-help book to tell you that? My advice is abandon the self-help section... for some real perspective read OH THE HUMANITY!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Forget social anxiety--if you have any kind of anxiety (claustrophobia, xenophobia, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia) this book actually achieves what it purports to satirize. Within moments of absorbing Roeder's smart, subtle, self-reflexive wit, you've forgotten your fear of sleep or the way styrofoam sounds when it squeaks. Suddenly, you're above the fray, streamlining through imaginative pages like a dolphin at an NRA meeting [see figure 3.2]. Roeder's book is entertaining, unique, and oddly effective. A must-read for the ineptitudes of Generation Me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Connie Anderson

Okay, truth first. It's been a LONG time since I was a young introvert, but that didn't stop me from enjoying Jason Roeder's effort at telling his story.

The book is filled with lots of tongue-in-cheek (at least I hope so), quirky, edgy, smart-alecky advice.

This book is divided into three parts.

Part I: Essential Qualities You Lack looks at confidence, humor, curiosity and empathy.

Confident people have overcome their fear-or come to terms with it, or do things in spite of it. Drinking for confidence (never drink and drive-unless of course the Red Bull and vodka totally cancel each other out, pg. 13).

Part II: Conversations for People Who'd Rather Be Home Fondling Their Record Collection, Knitting Berets for Pets They May or May Not Actually Have, or Just Sitting in a Dark Room, Dreaming of a Darker Room.

This chapter title, longer than some books, covers small talk/chit chat, working with difficult people and difficult topics, nonverbal communication, like body language, and how to deal with people from different cultures.

Humor can win people over, if you're funny. If not, ouch--unless you learn to laugh at yourself. It's important to "know your audience."

Nonverbal communications--gestures that include smiling, eye contact, nodding, posture, physical contact like shaking hands, touching, hugs and kisses. The author introduces you to the unique ways men and women approach each of these!

Part III: Making Friends that Last a Lifetime (Or until they just kind of drift); Friends, who is a friend? and where will I find my friend and will you be my friend.

This talks about FWB (friends with benefits), acquaintances and pals. His "interview with a Pal) Pg.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aly P on June 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I love it so much that I bring it to uncomfortable social situations and read it instead of interacting with actual people. But not because I'm incapable of interacting with actual people. Oh no. This book has completely eliminated any tendency towards introvertedness I once had and inspired me to greatness. Plus, it made me laugh.
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