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The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life Paperback – Bargain Price, February 10, 2009
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“Eugene Mirman is the Andy Warhol of comedy. People look to him for what’s next in comedy, and he emails these people back promptly. The Will to Whatevs put me in a great mood because I was laughing out loud. Alone. That’s hard to do.” (—Mike Birbiglia )
“I laughed out loud reading this. I was reading it in public. Three cute girls at a nearby table laughed at me. I swear one of them mouthed the words, ‘fat loser’ to her friends. I now hate Eugene Mirman.” (—Patton Oswalt )
“Do you need tips on how to live? I mean besides the breathing and eating part? Then this book is for you! Including self-help tips for Jewish robots from the future (I’m guessing)!!!!!” (—David Cross )
“This book is good, and not just because it was free. Knowing what I knownow about the quality, I would have paid at least nine thousand dollars.” (—David Willis )
“A work of penetrating insight and rigorous scholarship. By turning our attention away from the ‘will to power’ and toward the more deeply significant will to whatevs, Mirman reshapes the debate in a way that will doubtless influence philosophers for generations to come.” (—Joshua Knobe, professor of philosophy and cognitive science at Yale University )
“This book is a knee-slapper, a gut-buster, and a side-splitter. Don’t read it unless you have health insurance!” (—Kristen Schaal )
“I liked the sh*t out of this book!” (—Greg Behrendt, author of He’s Just Not That Into You )
“Reading this book is like having a tiny Eugene riding on your shoulder and whispering his advice in your ear. I agree with Eugene on all aspects of this book except taking acid at an office party. I am never doing that again. Buy this book.” (—Zach Galifianakis )
“At last, now, you can be truly happy, the MIRMAN WAY. Just be sure to adjust your rubber mask eye holes to ‘READ MODE,’ or else this book will not help you.” (—John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require )
“Armed with eccentric wit and charm, the Russian-born comedian offers compelling insights on contemporary living, from starting a band to high-school social etiquette.” (—The Austin Decider )
“Easily as hilarious as Mirman’s stellar stand-up comedy, featuring meta pull-quote jokes, funny author blurbs from other comics and indispensable wisdom.” (—The Austin American-Statesman )
“A freewheeling mix of bemused ironies and trenchantly silly non-sequiturs.” (—The Boston Phoenix )
“Eugene Mirman is a very humorous individual. Buy a copy of Eugene’s book. You won’t regret the purchase.” (—Paste Magazine )
“The book is easily as hilarious as Mirman’s stellar stand-up comedy, featuring meta pull-quote jokes, and indispensable wisdom.” (—Austin360.com )
“It’s clear from the get-go that comedian Eugene Mirman’s life guide is not your typical self-help manual bent on nurturing the soul with hot soup or some other bullshit, but instead with flat-out humor.” (—Filter Good Music Guide )
“Mirman has seamlessly translated his stage sensibility to the page. Which is to say that the king of Brooklyn comedy has written a book that’s ridiculous, nonsensical, often rambling and generally pointless—yet will make you laugh out loud with enough frequency to embarrass yourself in front of strangers nearby.” (—Time Out New York )
“The Will to Whatevs is one of the funniest things I have read in years. This book delightfully skewers the self-help genre, Mirman reminds me of Woody Allen’s prose works with his self-obsessed narrator, witty asides, and non-sequiturs that will leave you reeling.” (—Largehearted Boy )
“Whatevs is filled with tons of Mirman’s patented laser-targeted yet random as hell asides, and his clip-art illustrations and graphs are truly inspired.” (—CMJ.com )
“Whatevs . . . is the type of book you’ll want to look up from and quote to whoever is around you.” (—Boston Comedy—Funny Grown Here )
“The seasoned standup comic dispenses invaluable, hyperbolic advice in his debut tome, The Will to Whatevs.” (—Flavorpill NYC )
“Mirman offers moments of startling clarity: When defending his authority to dish out advice, he writes, “In America, ‘authority’ is an attitude. And I’ve adopted it.” And earned it.” (—Seattle Weekly )
About the Author
Eugene Mirman is a New York City-based comedian, writer, and actor. He plays the landlord on HBO's Flight of the Conchords and has a half-hour special on Comedy Central. His first album The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman was voted Best of 2004 by Time Out New York and The Onion. He has four hundred children and lives in outer space.
Top Customer Reviews
If you're not a fan of Mirman's output, know that he regularly riffs on subjects like politics, pop culture, religion and sex with fearless abandon - while he's nowhere near as focused and raw as Doug Stanhope, Bill Hicks or comedians of that ilk, he is still willing to go beyond the norm-pale for a (sometimes) dark punchline.
Perhaps the thing that helped me enjoy Mirman's trademark/weird asides is that I know what Mirman's voice sounds like, so I heard his voice in my head while reading his book. That made the book consistently funny for me.
If you don't know how he talks/sounds, this may be a book to avoid, as the book feels like he talked it out while recording it, then entered his thoughts into a word processor. I've no doubt this would fare better as a 'spoken word' work, but it's still more creative and rewarding than a lot of dogcrap 'meaningful' writers who must have made a deal with some devil to get published.
Check this out from the library or borrow it from a friend before buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic. Written with so much voice I can hear Eugene talking in my head when I read it!Published 8 months ago by Tim Morgan
If you don't "get" Eugene Mirman and you don't appreciate the absurd, I pity you. Isn't weird grand? Thanks for sharing, Eugene.Published 8 months ago by SAIMA RITCHIE
This is a great book. I was expecting it to be hilarious, which it is, but it also has a lot of heart.Published 10 months ago by AllyJayne
I love this book, it was comedy gold. I've always loved Eugene Mirman, he's just too funny.Published 22 months ago by Hannah
Kept waiting for it to get good, but instead I just came to the end. Not very funny. Would not recommend.Published on August 4, 2014 by Dr. Gary E. Calhoun
Straight to the point: if you're a fan of Eugene's absurdist humor and unique world views, then you'll be a fan of his book. A must read for comedy fans.Published on March 27, 2014 by jacob lowrey
First book EVER that I put down before thirty pages. I love comedians' biographies, but this guy sucks big time. don't waste your money. donated to Goodwill.Published on August 13, 2013 by Kline Fine Design