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Hurt Others

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Oh man, it just had to happen. Someone had to be a bagger at a grocery store and fantasize about hitting children in the head with wine bottles. Someone had to fear a puddle floating at him from across the street. Someone had to celebrate beating up a pregnant woman. Someone just HAD to be a nanny, and stare at giant motorized spiders.

Jeez oh man!

Don't ask why a teenager

Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Lazy Fascist Press
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Jackson Nieuwland
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
I don't think the title of this book is an instruction to go out and cause pain to people. I think it is a description of the characters within. They are hurt and they are others.

I read the stories out of order, starting with the short ones which I read out loud. I related to Juliana hugely. It reminded me of a part of my life. I felt uncomfortable reading the second thing about Living In Romeoville, Illinois.

I would say that this is Sam's least extreme/absurd/whatever book yet and it works. The
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
read through all of sam pink's kindle unlimited stuff and although i hate spending 11 dollars for 104 actual pages of writing i did it anyway and it was really really good, which is what i've come to expect from sam pink. i laughed out loud a good half dozen times and although i put it down once to try to get some work done i found myself putting off the work like 10 minutes later, picking the book back up and finishing it. very easy 5 star rating.
Shamus McCarty
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not 100% sure what I just read, but I do know it was amazing. Pink invited me into his Chicago and entertained the crap out of me. The stories were mostly funny but had a twist of real human moments. I found myself relating to him in a way that no other author has really done with the exception of Ben John Smith. Recommended for everybody.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
There's some excellent stuff in here. As a collection of short works, it's also kind of a mixed bag, maybe a little uneven as such collections tend to be. Not as exciting as one of Pink's novella-length works, but certainly good. The longer stories in the collection are the better ones. Interestingly, even when his longer works sometimes appear as series of vignettes, they have enough continuity and drive to build stronger interest.

It's notable that Sam Pink shows a genuine understanding of what
Matt Margo
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sam Pink is one of the best writers living today, in my opinion. The mixture of absolute hilarity and absolute beauty in his work has never ceased to astound me. Pink himself has described HURT OTHERS as a collection of "anti-stories," which seems accurate in the context of some of the stories in the book. "Bees" and "Crackheads," for example, read more as informal anecdotes than full-fledged short stories, whereas "Love" and "Juliana," for instance, are much more narrative and seem to contain m ...more
DeWitt Brinson
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Character I connected with the most: The acne kid with tricks under coat.

Character I connected with the least: the manager who had beef.

This is a reflective piece. Most of Sam's stuff is trying to look sideways or forward but this was written from the perspective of someone looking back.

I read it all in one bath. I got out to pee one time and I thought I'd stop tub time but then I realized I was just uncomfortable having to pee. So I got back in. By the time I finished I was shaking, freezing
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, bought
This is the second book I've read by Sam Pink. With his books I always get this dazed feeling. It's not bad, I just never expect it. It puts me in a very sedated mood. It also makes me feel not so alone with my weird thoughts and jumpy thinking patterns.
Nicholaus Patnaude
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’d read Person a few years ago and ended up selling it at my garage sale before moving to Istanbul. Someone did buy it for 1$, but my dislike of it seems baffling in hindsight after reading this magnificent collection of anti-stories entitled Hurt Others.

The style is deceptively simple; at first, it seems slightly juvenile–but then, every so often, Pink will dash off a line that is casually brilliant, cryptic, or a sentence that contains a circular thought…forever spiraling and leaving unanswer
Andrew Stone
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This collection of stories was not nearly as good as Sam Pink's other collection, I Am Going To Clone Myself And Then Kill The Clone And Eat It. However, that collection was so damn good that this one does not need to be in the same ballpark to still be awesome. The stories in Hurt Others are definitely less bizarre than any of Pink's other work. Here the characters felt more real, which for Pink, is not always a good thing. With that said, the realness of the characters definitely worked for so ...more
Jeffrey Jenkins
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sam Pink is really good.
Tom Bensley
Isn't Sam Pink fascinating? I mean, what are his stories in Hurt Others about, really? Do they have plots? I don't think so. But could they be called "slice of life" stories? Maybe, but these are some very odd and specific slices. What is with the narrator that seems similar in each story but always a little different? Is he Sam? Does that matter? And what is with the spontaneous, shocking violence? Like:

"At one point today I was putting a wine bottle in a customer's bag and I had an almost unst
Jeremy Maddux
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sam Pink succeeds at being humorous with minimal effort. In fact, I don't really think Sam Pink even sits down, thinking he's writing a short story or a novel. I'm not even sure if his aim is to get published. It's just something that happens to him, because one day, he wrote something down and it spread like a fungus. Plus, there is this indelible Zen presence in his writing. Sam Pink is like a Zen Fungus, spreading over you to make you think and not think about things all at once. Try it, you' ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lazy-fascist
This was great. While I was somewhat neutral in my opinion of Person, I am so glad that I read this one. Much of the book consists of the random thoughts of the narrator as he goes through everyday situations. Somehow, the author turns what could be mundane into something totally different altogether. The great thing is that this happens with seemingly no effort. His observations were hilarious in a way that some may not appreciate. I personally enjoyed them a lot. More Sam Pink for me please.
Eric T. Voigt
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-twelve
My paraphrased review of Men In Black 3: "Will Smith sucked. Tommy Lee Jones sucked. Josh Brolin played a sucky character and the jokes sucked. It sucked." My review of Hurt Others: "This is great." Special super-thnax to Rachna Goswami for giving me this as a birthday present! It's like she KNOWS me.
Sam Tepes
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WTF. This book. I could eat this book, I could make love to this book and I could make it the first thing I see every morning. I think I liked it more than PERSON.
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, ebooks
I don't know what I just read. The author himself described it well enough: "It was a very confusing, unsettling mix of adult content, violence, childishness, and innocence." This book was crude and kinda disturbing in some places, but pretty deep in others. The last story ('Two Things About Living') is a perfect example of this, where a retarded(?) boy fed a baby rabbit to a toad and subsequently stomped on the toad, crippling its two hind legs, which is the weird and disturbing part, but I lik ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
"Their mom was taking my picture, holding the cell phone so as not to look like that's what she was doing.
It made me feel really warm and stupid.
Need to get off this train and become someone else--I thought. Someone who is a success. A fucking blue-burning comet of success ready to take others in as fuel to get wherever I'm going. Someone who dies at the moment of arrival. Someone who is missed by everyone he meets once he dies."

"I looked at him and said, 'Yeah, alright. I have no excuse. Thanks
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Hurt Others is my first foray into the world of Sam Pink. The first thought that sprang to mind whilst reading it was Sam Pink would be in great danger if an alien race in search for atypical humans stumbled upon this book.
The author has a very unique way of telling stories. His clean prose is very refreshing and engrossing, his tales are very true to life, sometimes compelling; and most characters are fairly interesting.
The only problem with Hurt Others is its unevenness. My favorite story of
M- S__
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: stories
the stories started out pretty strong, but kind of devolved toward the end of the collection. sam pink has such a strong voice. he's so hard to get a firm grip on. half the time i find him repulsive, the other half i just want to cuddle up and call him beautiful. i agree with another review here that this collection becomes much more poignant if you interpret hurt others not as a command, but as hurt (the adjective) others (the subject). this is a world that i want to be so alien to me, but all ...more
Zach Patterson
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The way you can be an asshole to others, that's what makes us the same. "

I have been devouring Sam Pink's writing lately. These short stories are a glimpse into the mind of Pink. His mixture of absurd humor and wonderful description always left me wanting more. I found myself laughing out loud a lot. I also am partial because I lived in Chicago for a few years, so I can vividly picture everything he describes in his writing.
Shawn Berman
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Some of Pink's older work. Very enjoyable.

Favorite pieces:
-Thing About When I Worked At a 'Treasure Island' Grocery Store in Chicago, Illinois
-Two Things About Living in Romeoville, Illinois
Samuel Richards-hastings
Not what I expected at all. Very blunt. Very stream-of-consciousness. Fun. Unsettling. The more time I spend away from it the more I think I liked it. I would maybe prefer this guy doing some more genre stuff though.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I hated it, just kidding.
Olivia Estelle
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty funny/sad, like the mumble core of books. His voice reminds me of a friend of mine, so that made it more enjoyable for me. Pink is at least better than tao Lin at this sort of thing.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like what's going on in Sam Pink's head.
the characters felt so real and the stories flowed so easily.
huge sense of humor, just amazing!
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite of his books. A good balance between his novels and his prose poems. I especially enjoyed his story about drinking moonshine. Classic Pink!
Dan Plonsey
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A short collection of short stories, of briefly held jobs and brief relationships. Short, poetic statement. I appreciate people who write short books. This is the second Sam Pink I've read. Although somewhat similar in style to Rontel, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. There is still some of the dirty charm, dreamlike (or reality-like) odd transitions (work -> roommate showing homemade porn -> fantasy of mowing lawn -> disabled kid with baby rabbits and toad), obscure details, and incon ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetic-memoir
Sam Pink is a beautiful soul because he doesn't feel anything about what is happening around him. It makes him the least judgmental person I've every known. His books are both hilarious and heart wrenching and each has more variety of style and setting than you might think (they could be compiled into some big masterpiece of a life story some day).

Read Sam Pink. You will enjoy it.
Zane Adickes
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Honestly the most inspiring thing I've read in a long time.
Jerome Spencer
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to review this book. What's the point?
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Sam Pink is the author of The No Hellos Diet, Hurt Others, I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It, Frowns Need Friends Too, and the cult hit Person. His writing has been published widely in print and on the internet, and also in other languages. He lives in Chicago, where he plays in the band Depressed Woman.
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