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Self-Loathing for Beginners

Self-Loathing for Beginners

by Lynn Phillips
     
 

Self-Loathing for Beginners is a wickedly funny take on our relentlessly upbeat self-improvement culture. Breaking ranks with the happiness police who have convinced us that self-loathing is just one more thing to hate about ourselves, author Lynn Phillips will show you, the beginning self-loather, how to self-loathe properly. By studying this book’s

Overview


Self-Loathing for Beginners is a wickedly funny take on our relentlessly upbeat self-improvement culture. Breaking ranks with the happiness police who have convinced us that self-loathing is just one more thing to hate about ourselves, author Lynn Phillips will show you, the beginning self-loather, how to self-loathe properly. By studying this book’s mini-essays, Q&As, mantras, and tips from self-loathing masters, you will learn the most effective ways to develop your self-loathing potential. Whether you are sabotaging your career, bungling a relationship, or cheating on the latest fad diet, Self-Loathing for Beginners is the essential primer on how best to despise yourself!

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From the Publisher

"A gleefully sardonic guide to self-condemnation and disapproval that offers up wisdom in bite-size morsels. . . . This smart, accessible title will entertain audiences from precocious high schoolers to retirees. A good choice for all public collections; academic libraries may also wish to consider."  —Library Journal

Library Journal

Phillips, who has written for publications ranging from the Harvard Lampoon to Newsweek International, here presents-to quote the book's promotional material-"the essential primer on how best to despise yourself!" This assessment isn't far off: Phillips has written a gleefully sardonic guide to self-condemnation and disapproval that offers up wisdom in bite-size morsels. Short chapters are broken up with quizzes, "questions from the floor," tips, and inspiration boxes. Although the material isn't groundbreaking-Phillips mentions self-loathing through abuse of food, bad love relationships, or demeaning family dynamics-the deftness with which she ties it all together makes this a delightful read. The sections on meta-self-loathing and spiritual self-loathing add an unexpected bit of flavor as well. Phillips is a self-described media tramp, and, as such, many of her examples will best resonate with those who follow celebrity news. This smart, accessible title-good for sit-down comic reading and with outstanding sound-bite potential-will entertain audiences from precocious high schoolers to retirees. A good choice for all public collections; academic libraries may also wish to consider.
—Audrey Snowden

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595800299
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author


Lynn Phillips is a media tramp who writes and edits for film, television, print, and interactive media. She was a staff writer for the groundbreaking satirical nighttime soap opera, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and has written for a wide array of publications, including Glamour, the Harvard Lampoon, the Realist, the Nation, Nerve, and Newsweek International.

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