“Comedians have a reputation for being dark, bitter and angry. And that’s exactly why their advice . . . is so entertaining to read. . . . Good advice? No. Fun reading material? Yes.” —The Observer’s Very Short List
“An apt hipster bathroom book.” —Details “Funny-funny.”—The Onion’s A.V. Club
“For a swift, re-motivating kick to the rear, I’ve never read anything like the gems dished out [in] You’re a Horrible Person, But I Like You.” —Caitlin Donohue, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“A smart, fun addition to any literary enthusiast’s artfully cluttered bedside table.” —Marie Claire “Dark, offensive and insulting. And really, really funny. By the end of David Cross’s introduction, you’ll be ROFL. And yes, that inane Internet lingo is righteously ridiculed in here.” —All Headline News
About the Author
About The Believer magazine:
The Believer is a monthly magazine devoted to providing an amiable yet rigorous forum for books and book criticism. The magazine extends the ever-shortening shelf life of new books, revives interest in books long overlooked, and stresses the interconnectivity of books to pop culture, politics, art, and music. The magazine includes essays on these topics, as well as lengthy interviews with philosophers, politicians, poets, and ninjas. We offer our readers an eclectic range of articles and interview subjects to underscore our belief that books are an interactive and vital medium.
About the Editor:
Eric Spitznagel is a contributing editor for The Believer magazine, where he co-created (along with Amy Sedaris) the Sedaratives column. He's also the author of six books and a frequent contributor to Playboy and Vanity Fair. He has one more testicle than Hitler, which he considers a moral victory.
I'm so glad I got this from the library, because it's just not funny, despite it's having some of the funniest people alive on its list of contributors. As other reviewers have noted, spend one minute reading random entries and you'll see just how bad it is.
I have a lot of respect for many of the people in this book and was surprised at how seldom I found it to be more than only slightly humorous. Maybe the set-up is flawed as someone else suggests, but whatever, I would highly recommend that you pick this up in a book store and read a few random pages before purchasing. Of course, at only $10 I don't feel too bad but still, I expected much more from it.
I picked this one up from the library because I knew a lot of the authors, and they are all very funny people. It had promise to be a very hilarious read. This book had a few laugh out loud moments that I was sharing with my husband, but a lot of it just fell kinda flat. It was a quick read. I wasn't expecting it to be life-altering or anything, definitely knew it wasn't going to be true advice, but I did hope it would be a bit funnier than it was.
What a letdown. So many funny/talented people - on screen, yet via the written word? Nothing. I smiled faintly here and there. And one outward laugh - to a Paul F Tomkin's submission of all people. OTher than that nothing. Should have just given up after a weak weak David Cross introduction.
If you absolutely HAVE to read this book, go to a library. I laughed maybe 3 times, and 2 were during Harold Ramis' part. I forced myself to finish it because I hate leaving books unread and I thought it might get funnier, but it's really not. Unfortunately I bought "You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You" the day it came out so I didn't read any reviews, but I hope my review will save some people from wasted time/effort/money. So disappointed!
Although some of the comedians giving advice are funny, this book is not. Didn't expect too much from it, but even with low expectations I was let down. If this book was on the 20 books for $2 list, it would have maybe been worth it, but at $11?, certainly not.