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We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
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Aug 06, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

I found Tim Kreider through his NY Times essay on busyness, which was just perfect. I did a little digging around the web, found his cartoons, and thought: "Oh, Wow. This guy is way to the left of me politically. And he seems rabid, frothing-at-the-mouth angry, to boot." I almost didn't buy the book, expecting a screed. And yet, that essay . . .

So I took the plunge and I'm so glad I did. The essays are funny and sad at the same time, and in the best way possible. Many of them have to deal with the ways people move in and out of our lives, and how the author negotiates those painful transitions. The writing is beautiful and the cartoons have a sly sensibility that I love. Of course, for me, the best cartoon was the Owl-and-Bear doodle at the end of the Anti-Kreider club chapter. That KILLED me. Seriously, I teared up!

Just read it!
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