On the back of this book, Guy Debord is mentioned, and he founded the Situationists and was quite a rebel, and on the front it mentions "Nobel Prize Winner in Literature," but this book SUCKS. It's written like some mystery novel about this woman who everyone is looking for. Not worth it!
This author was born in 1981 like me, so I gave her some slack, but this book is SO bad, and the dog dies at the end, you're welcome!
This author is really good and you should read this book!!! It's written like a tv show, and it's good and deals with false narratives about being an Asian-American.
This book has different chapters about different types of work, like working in Retail, working in IT, working in a non-profit.
Page 10: "We may be free to quit our jobs and find ones we like better, as the mantra goes, but in practice that freedom is constrained by our need to eat, to have someplace to sleep, to have health care."
Page 118: "If you're standing behind an automobile assembly line, it doesn't matter if you smile or frown, but your failure to emanate a pleasant mood on the sales floor can ruin your workday."
page 192: "though independent artists are freer than wage laborers, they are still embedded in a system of power hierarchies structured by capitalism."
page 322: "Work has not brought us liberation, freedom,, or even much joy."
Page 335: "What I believe, and want you to believe to, is that love is too big and beautiful and grand and messy and human a thing to be wasted on a temporary fact of life like work."
I heard good things about this book, including about the author. So basically the author tries to move to Berlin from the US and try out a new life there, and I thought that part was interesting, but then she goes into weird stuff like going on blind dates and pretending to be a different person from the zodiac and stuff like that. There is also an interesting bit about Relationship Anarchy and that all relationships are equal even though society prioritizes romantic relationships. But think about it: romantic relationships never solved anyone's problem, on the contrary, however, they caused a ton of problems -- just ask my parents!!! Okay, just kidding, please don't ask them.
But it wasn't that bad, it was a pretty decent read.
Page 47: "I looked around and realized everyone around me was boring, more boring than even the most boring person I could make up, so boring that it might have made them interesting if I could have stopped thinking about the world's one interesting person who had rendered all the details and motivations of my life immediately clear."
page 56: "I like to cosplay hospitality."
Kind of similar to Halle Butler but instead of focusing on the depressingness of every day, it focuses on a particular bad thing that happens at the workplace. One funny thing in the story is the protagonist turns off notifications on her phone so that she can OD on the internet in peace.
This quote might be the quote that summarizes this blog:
Page 68: "Was there a point to reading if I couldn't share it?"
I dunno, this book was confusing, I recommend "How to win friends and influence people," by Dale Carnegie instead. Check out a cool quote below, it's cool because it doesn't make any sense ;-)
Then there is a question the author recommends asking, although if you asked me, I would be like, "Don't talk to me."
page 92-93: "To me, teaching the rules of negative questions is like teaching the rules of driving without a seatbelt. You don't need any rules if you don't do it."
Page 207: "If this was to be our very last conversation, what words of wisdom would you want to pass on to me?"
So this author is really good at writing depressing fictional books about being stuck in life in a dead end job. This book expounds on that and it shows that even if you hate your job, you turn into a person who just talks about hating their job and that no one wants to spend time with.
But what's also depressing is that the author is like 20 years old and she's a successful writer and probably never has to work!!!
Page 26: "I've looked, and I usually end up feeling pretty underwhelmed and underqualified for all of the interesting jobs, and then I have a thought spiral, and then I feel like I made a bad move somewhere back in middles school, and then I feel like there's no hope at all for me and then I contemplate suicide."
Page 38: "Everything about her life was so much the same from day to day that it almost didn't exist."
Page 62: "You are unbelievably draining, you self-serving, shallow, talentless waste of time."
I like the cute cat on the cover, it's a series of humorous observations and essays. It's okay, I didn't laugh that much, but the title is clever, because now you can talk to people online and like never meet them.
p. 46: "Television has forever been my unwavering companion and trusted friend."