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How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide Paperback – November 9, 2010
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"How to Fail is reminiscent of a classic that raised eyebrows sixty years ago: J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye." --Len Edgerly, The Kindle Chronicles
"Goldfarb's satire turns the genre on its ear...warps it like a fun-house mirror, to hysterical effect. Piss-yourself funny." --The Philadelphia Lawyer, Happy Hour is for Amateurs
"This is like the Bible for screwing up, except a little more awesome. Would that make Aaron Goldfarb a prophet for failures? We'd like to think so." --Jason Diamond, editor, Jewcy
"I was so deep into How to Fail one night, that I missed my subway stop on the way home. It's THAT good." --Murphguide
"A sharp little satire." --Three Guys One Book
"[Makes you feel] like the author is your new best friend." --NY Press
About the Author
Aaron Goldfarb is the author of the satirical novel How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide, the world's first self-hurt guide, the opposite of a self-help guide. He also has a short story collection about the sexes, sex, and sexiness in New York, The Cheat Sheet, and a collection of essays called Drunk Drinking.
Visit him at aarongoldfarb.com, chat with him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on twitter.com/aarongoldfarb
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The author does an excellent job covering many of the facets of life where people strive to be successful, only in contrarian. Infused with great amounts of humor (if you're a pervert, morbid and can openly acknowledge the debaucherous side of life) this will keep you laughing (not `all the way to the bank' nor `crying at the ATM'). More than once I found myself laughing out loud - especially regarding the bit about turning your shoes around backward and opposite footing them when you're... unloading one... at work in the bathroom stall, to confuse the snoops or lingerers. Don't forget your Purell.
It appears the base of all this is: alcohol. Unquestionably the number one way to end up a failure is over-indulgence, what with the subsequent imprecise judgment, couch floating, zero ambition, indiscriminate choices regarding women (Dali t**s & 350 pounders, hahaha), self-loathing and `real' friendlessness... a blast of shame with a dash of humiliation.
If not in the least bit a concern for one to pragmatically exercise it is surely informative (as 'How Tos' go) and incredibly entertaining. Recommended for those with a bit of a twisted sense of humor.
Having said that, putting aside my dislike of the character, I could actually find some parts of this book amusing. I thought the self help format was a clever medium and was quite well executed from a writing point of view, although the kindle format, layout, links etc seemed to fall short. The humorous rantings were sometimes a little overdone, but I did enjoy the cast of characters that were developed throughout. Many of his dislikes seemed to stem from petulance and jealousy, but what can one expect from someone who refuses to advance from a mental age of fourteen? Same with the use of coarse and vulgar language. They may offend some, but to me, they were to be expected from juvenile and puerile Stu.
I think Aaron Goldfarb is a talented writer, but I'd like to see his skills put to better use.
The beauty of this book is that the author isn't just working a doofus "bit", or playing at being a failure. He has looked long and hard at the world around him and he is not encouraged. And he has turned what he has seen into brutal, funny and telling commentary on his and our current state. There are terrific one-liners, throwaway observations, set pieces, and descriptions. This is very smart, accomplished stuff, not just frat boy humor or tales of drunken excess. And get this, beneath it all there is a bit of sweetness and fundamental decency that makes the acerbic commentary all the more telling. What a remarkably successful failure.
Also, even in his worst moments, he's funny as heck. This book is worth your time - just persevere through the first part.
Most recent customer reviews
I was a little bit desapointed.
Maybe i will give it a second look.