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A Arte de Ser Desagradável

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  148 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Delinquência juvenil, internações psiquiátricas, tentativas de suicídio, anos e anos se dedicando a infernizar a vida alheia. Após muito tempo chafurdando na merda, Jim Knipfel conclui, com doses altas de piadas de mau gosto e teor alcoólico elevado, que não vale a pena passar a vida sendo um babaca. E apesar de todo o vandalismo, dos furtos, da tentativa de incêndio crimi ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published 2010 by Bertrand Brasil (first published May 11th 2004)
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Mark
Years ago a good friend either loaned or gave me this book (which term best applies will probably be determined by whether or not I attempt to return it to her). I had ignored it for long stretches of time, only occasionally picking it up to enjoy its pleasant-to-my-hands heft and size, as well as the high contrast cover art. But I don't think I ever even so much as read the back cover blurb. Then I'd set it back down and it would once again sink, for another year and a half or so, in the consta ...more
Linda Cohen
My late friend El Duce was mentioned in this book(as an asshole) and I was so excited I jumped up and down. I'm a geek!
John Hood
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Coming To Terms
"You're ugly," she hissed. "And you can tell your momma I says so."

So says the high school girl to the scribbler. The crack comes from nowhere, completely unprovoked and surely unsolicited. And it cracks smack in the middle of Jim Knipfel's Ruining It For Everybody (Tarcher/Penguin $9.95).

Thing is, the bitch was probably right. Then. Knipfel was ugly. As ugly as he wanted to be.

We are what we reap.

Once upon a time New York Pressman Jim Knipf
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Lisa
May 05, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grown-up angry punks and those that wish we had been more angry and punk when we had the chance
Recommended to Lisa by: Powell's sale table
An odd, quirky little memoir that (and this is high praise) doesn't read like the current crop of Memoirs-with-a-capital-M. There's no sexual abuse, no bizarre, hilariously disturbing family background. Just a guy who loses his sight and learns to be a little (but only a little, mind you) less angry and sarcastic. Okay, really, he isn't any less sarcastic. But that's what makes it fun to read.

I'll admit, though it's put out by a large-ish publishing house, the fact that this book looks independe
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Kirsti
Memoir by the awesome Jim Knipfel. There's a Mission of Burma reference in the first sentence, so he had me at hello.

I have never been so hung up on a dedication to a book. As I read, I kept thinking, Oh, thank G-d, he's still with Morgan and still loves her despite all his illnesses and problems and so on.

"When confronted with some serious medical condition--going blind, for instance--there is a dramatic shift in the things foremost in your mind. For some reason, bringing Western Civilization t
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Ron Grunberg
This book tells the truth, unfortunately you might say, because it's an awful chronicle of bad-doing, mainly in youth, at college--adventures he and his friend "Grinch" had at the U. of Wisconsin in Madison. Setting fire, or trying to, to a building on campus, jumping out and scaring passers-by, getting in fights, generally "Ruining it for Everybody"--generally, being cruel often.

He grew out of that, and chronicles his writing career, his personal life, his drinking life, his love for the odd an
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Andrew Shaffer
Knipfel's memoir opens with one of the best opening lines that I've ever read: "Whenever I hear the word 'spiritual,' I reach for my revolver."
Daniel Levesque
Jim Knipfel is brilliant. The Introduction divulges something that many readers of Jim's work may have not known: that he was born with some degenerative vision horribleness and is mostly without vision. Perhaps this is why his descriptions are so tight. Or maybe he's just a fucking genius. Either way, read Mr Knipfel's books if you enjoy a good chuckle at everyones- including your own- expense.
Hilton Neves
It was so-so. The Brazilian title misled a bit. Expected to find something didactic or in a handbook way. Turned out it was more autobiographic, although it did show us how Jim ruined it on his wilder days. Enjoyed the Harry Crews part. There's something Bukowskian on Jim's acting and world view. Learned a tad about seagulls and polystyrene.
Alisa
I wasn't as shock reading this as I was Slackjaw, but Jim still keeps his acidic sense of humor going with his quite obviously negative and hang-over riddled obversations on life around him.
Jason Walker
Interesting. His philosohpy is a little weak. Needs to tighten up the conclusions. Otherwise enjoyable
Indra
It was okay. I didn't really buy what he was saying, so--meh.
Barbara
He certainly ruined it for me.
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