We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons

  • 242 pages
  • English
  • Hardcover
We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons

↤ Advantages of reading We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons ⤂ By Tim Kreider ⤺ Tim Kreider s writing is heartbreaking, brutal and hilarioususually at the same time He can do in a few pages what I need several hours of screen time and tens of millions to accomplish And he does it better Come to think of it, I d rather not do a blurb I am beginning to feel bad about myself Judd Apatow A remarkable collection I found myself nodding in agreement and wondering how Tim Kreider could so consistently express my feelings, and express them so much better than I ever could Nancy Pearl NPR.org In a political atmosphere as angry as this, Kreider s oblique, self deprecating commentary may be the only angle to which party loyalists on either side are likely to respond We Learn Nothing should be their required reading Willamette Week Portland, Ore Kreider is as compelling a writer as he is a visual satirist His essays tend toward the elegiac, as he puts itsomething that cannot be said of his cartoonsbut the same delightfully brutal honesty underlies both Kreiders descriptions are often simultaneously surprising and resonant self effacing and funny City Paper Balti Amazing Any thinking person with a sense of humor will find We Learn Nothing provocative and delightful, reminiscent, in varying ways, of David Foster Wallace, James Thurber, David Sedaris, and Susan Sontag Jennifer Finney Boylan author of Shes Not There Kreider is a superb essayist, a funny and fluent storyteller who wears his cultural literacy lightly To read The Creature Walks Among Us, The Czars Daughter, Escape from Pony Island, or An Insult to the Brain is to appreciate a mordant but affectionate observer of lifes rich pageant, and a craftsman who almost never puts a word wrong Johns Hopkins Magazine Kreider locates the right simile and the pith of situations as he carefully catalogues humanitys inventive and manifold ways of failing Publishers Weekly starred review Earnest, well turned personal essays about screw ups without an ounce of sanctimonya tough trick Kirkus Reviews Tim Kreider may be the most subversive soul in America and his subversionsby turns public and intimate, political and culturalare just what our weary, mixed up nation needs The essays in We Learn Nothing are for anybody who believes it s high time for some answers, damn it Richard Russo Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls Whether he is expressing himself in highly original cartoons that are hilarious visual poems, or in prose that exposes our self delusions by the way he probes his own experience with candor, Tim Kreider is a writer artist who brilliantly understands that every humorist at his best is a liberator Because he is irreverent, makes us laugh, ruffles the feathers of the pretentious and the pompous, and keeps us honest, We Learn Nothing is a pleasure from its first page to the last Charles Johnson bestselling author of Middle Passage We Learn Nothing articulated, for me, human truths than any book in recent memory When youre done with it, it almost feels like finishing a textbook you actually feel like you understand how things work a little better PublishersWeekly.com Kreider rules David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite JestTim Kreider has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Week, The Mens Journal, and Nerve.com His popular comic strip, The PainWhen Will It End , ran in alternative weeklies for twelve years and hasbeen collected in three books by Fantagraphics He is the author of two collections of essays, We Learn Nothingand I Wrote This Book Because I Love You He divides his time between New York City and an undisclosed location on the Chesapeake Bay. 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