How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
In 1995, British journalist Toby Young got the phone call every Fleet Street hack dreams of — an offer from Graydon Carter, the renowned editor of Vanity Fair, to fly to New York and work on the magazine. Toby then proceeded to stuff up every opportunity that came his way, starting with his interpretation of the “casual” dress code as a pair of vintage 501s and a T-shirt “featuring a bare-chested Keanu Reeves and the strapline: ‘Young, Dumb and Full of Come’”.
I first read How To Lose Friends &am...more
In the accordance with Hydra principle - I'd link you but it got deleted.
I'd also like to say that I didn't get a notice that this review will be deleted.
If we are deleting anything off-topic, does this mean that those pre-release, pre-read reviews that are nothing but a pile of gifs "expressing reader's excitement" go to? The one you chose to defend?
The story is a memoir from Young's journey through the New York City magazine publishing world in the mid-1990s. I have little interest in ...more
Pues para empezar, no encontré en este libro ni rastro del humor seco británico que tal descripción promete. Tampoco su densidad de detalles sobre el mundillo de la edición de una revista que hace y deshace reyes del mambo era tan alta como p ...more
I bought this book because the title caught my eye, and the quotes on the cover were divine:
"I'll rot in hell before I give that little bastard a quote for his book"
- Julie Birchill
However, having read this all the way through - I agree with the various nay-sayers on the cover, and would like to hit Toby Young about the head with a hardcover copy of this memoir.
It would be safe to say Mr. Young doesn't really get it. When writing yourself as the cute, laddish foo
Further thoughts: I quite enjoyed this book. It's funny and a tad inspiring how Toby has managed to turn a string of seemin ...more
As the son of Michael Young, who coined the term meritocracy long before his son Toby would come to be, well, sort of sidelined and knocked down by the cultural interpretation of it, Young offers an academic insight into the k ...more
Young aspires to write as one who recognises his own weaknesses, but truly seems mostly unaware of how awful he can be. This calls into question the accuracy of his claims, complaint ...more
Toby is, well, original. I thought I've said and done some pretty heinous things at work, but Toby wins. I love the fact that he wasn't actually trying to get fired, and yet, he could write the h ...more