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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"A phenomenal achievement." - Mike Daily, author of Alarm and Valley

"If you read just one book this year, let it be Sam Pink's Person." - Electric Literature

"It made me laugh and my hair stand on end." - HTML Giant

"Sam Pink is dictator of the island of the bizarre." - As You Recognize Your Transience

"...there's a troubling build-up of rage and self-destructive desire that makes Person incredibly unsettling. In other words, he's a great example of why I carry Mace. - The Fanzine

"It's a compulsive page-turner [...] There's something infectious, I think, about the honesty of the book, in how it relates the sometimes unflattering aspects of what goes on in a person's daily life." - The Faster Times

"A meditation on dissatisfaction, desperation, and loneliness...the sort of work that burrows into you and roots down." - Housefire


More About the Author

Sam Pink is the author of The No Hellos Diet, Hurt Others, I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It, Frowns Need Friends Too, and the cult hit Person. His writing has been published widely in print and on the internet, and also in other languages. He lives in Chicago, where he plays in the band Depressed Woman.

Be his friend at www.impersonalelectroniccommunication.com.

Customer Reviews

This is a beautifully uncomfortable book, wholly comfortable in its discomfort.
Joshua M. Myers
You can probably get a good feel as to whether you will like this book by visiting muumuuhouse.com and reading things by Sam Pink.
Anon93
The book seems really funny to me also, but equally emotional and also interesting and other things I like.
Tao Lin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jason Armstrong on December 11, 2010
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This book is good. I liked it.

I don't know what else to say that hasn't been said about this great book.

How about: It's like Steven Wright wrote The Stranger. Or how about: It's like Albert Camus wrote Napoleon Dynamite.

That's not right. I just said that so you'd know I read books and would sound smart. That's not fair to you or Sam Pink.

The plain truth is that this is a really, really good book. He has written a bizarro novel that doesn't resort to using ninjas, zombies or any of that to tell a truly odd story. He is able to find the bizarre in everyday life. He is able to express how weird mundane experiences can be.

This book is seriously funny. I actually laughed really hard when I read it and people who know me know that I don't LOL. Ever.

Also, it manages to be kind of dark and depressing. But not in a whiny sort of way. Honestly, I don't know how to describe this book properly. Just buy it. It's only like seven bucks. Just buy it. If you don't have seven dollars you need to quit messing around on the internet and get a job.

I'm sorry I said that. Just buy this book.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Noah Cicero on April 14, 2011
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I believe Person to be like a giant poem devoted to a god that no one cares about anymore. I believe this god lives in a hole in Texas. He comes out every two weeks to buy Chex Mix from a local super market. This god told me at the mall that he loved Person very much.

I believed him and read it.

I believe it to be a good libation to a god.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chem Davi on June 12, 2012
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My girlfriend gave me this book and I almost didn't read it. I'd never heard of Sam Pink and the internet offers so little about him I didn't think he was a real person. I'm still not sure about that, but the book is radical. There were several parts that had me laughing out loud, literally, on a subway. And he hits you with one-liners of truth constantly that leave you saying to yourself "i've thought that a million times i just never put it into words".
it follows a dude around chicago and everything is gritty. hilarious and gritty. the book is short. the sentences are really short. the entertainment is constant. definitely something to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy D on June 7, 2012
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Reading Person was a transformative or transitory experience. It took me far, far away from my daily life to a very different world without all the feel-good, "everything is ok" trappings of my daily life. This place where Person exists is real, and absurd but deadly serious.

The book moves with an easy-to-follow immediacy and includes enough physical description to keep the characters grounded in reality without alienating the reader with excess. Since nothing is made to look unusual, everything is familiar and this draws the reader in.

The Person is definitely a strange guy but his strangeness is so clearly committed to the page that its hard not to relate to him. Strong thoughts, reactions or opinions spring from deep within, but sometimes doubt is immediately on its heels. He is moved to real, genuine emotion by an unexpected experience with a sandwich. He comes to competent life when some manageable, necessary task arises. And interpersonal relationships become complex, intense worlds unto themselves. All this is to say, he's extremely real.

Ultimately I found the book succeeded in making me extremely uncomfortable when I realized it wasn't that different or far from my experience at all. If I cleared all the clutter out of my head... the job, the rent, the neighbor's annoying dog, and the TV...I would find Person lying there underneath.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Corcoran Jr. on July 13, 2011
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I feel like reading this book wasted a very small part of my life. It's drab, it's monotonous, it's boring, it's extremely repetitive (not in a meaningful way), and most of all it's not really a story. There's no climax, the character descriptions are pretty vague.. it feels like the author wrote this when he was in a bad mood on a rainy day and decided to just publish it.

Ehh, but it's all subjective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on June 3, 2012
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Everyone is insecure. Everyone copes with it in different ways, whether it be through depression, anger, apathy or affection. Often multiple simultaneously. Through his own terseness and humor, Sam Pink gets at the core of what self-doubt is really like. A fast and thought-provoking read.
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Like the narrator in PERSON who regales us with a flood of sad and funny inner dialog, author Sam Pink in person is a nonstop thinker and (in the right setting) a nonstop divulger of secrets. Google the three words, Sam Pink Interview, to find a slew of recent examples worth exploring. Read them and weep -- honestly. Laugh in recognition too. Don't overlook the the 8-minute video on Vimeo catching Pink in the middle of a beer-fueled conversation in a club.

About the time PERSON was published Pink answered a question about which philosophers interested him: "Right now, I am only interested in Nietzsche and Heidegger. I like Nietzsche because he writes with a happy anger and his work is tonally dynamic for philosophy. I like Heidegger because I haven't read anyone with thought processes like his. So it's a good combination I think and I like to let it indirectly influence what I write: Nietzsche for the wild sweeping joyful negativity and Heidegger for depth of thought."

Speaking of which, be forewarned the negativity quotient in PERSON is off the charts. Thinking negatively, living negatively, and being negatively, the book's unemployed 20-something narrator slumps around in a passive, low-self-esteem, wounded condition ("I have nothing to do. No one expects anything of me right now."). Depressing thoughts come naturally ("One day there will be no evidence of me ever having lived. No evidence identifiable."). It's your choice as a reader whether to imagine such lines delivered in the voice of an anguished existentialist or in the voice of Woody Allen.

In those moments when the narrator is not wholly absent from his own life, he is painfully clinging to it. He yearns for a feeling of connectedness but seems almost reconciled to his apartness.
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