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What If This Were Enough? Essays By the author of the New York Times Love and Relationships bestseller How to Be a Person in the World an impassioned and inspiring collection about the expectations of modern life and the sweet imperfections of the everydayHeather Havrilesky's writing has been called whip smart and profanely funny Entertainment Weekly and reuired reading for all humans Celeste Ng In her work for New York The Baffler The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic as well as in her advice column for The Cut Ask Polly she dispenses a singular cutting wisdom an ability to inspire provoke and put a name to our most insidious cultural delusions What If This Were Enough is a mantra and a clarion call In its chapters many of them original to the book others expanded from their initial publication Havrilesky takes on those cultural forces that shape us From the enforced cheer of American life to the celebration of survivalism from the allure of materialism to our misunderstandings of romance and success Havrilesky deconstructs some of the most poisonous and misleading messages we ingest today all the while suggesting new ways we might navigate our increasingly bewildering worldThrough her incisive and witty inuiries Havrilesky emphasizes the importance of locating the miraculous within the mundane In these timely provocative and often hilarious chapters she urges readers to embrace the flawed to connect with what already is who we already are what we already have She asks us to consider What if this were enough Our salvation Havrilesky asserts can be found right here right now in this imperfect moment I really enjoy Havrilesky’s advice column and was surprised to find myself feeling lukewarm to most of the essays in this collection These range from memoirs to self help which made the collection feel a bit unorganized at times 35 StarsHavrilesky’s aptly named book of essays examines and critiues materialism consumption and our obsession with consumerism and the pursuit of happiness Pulling largely from pop culture and current trends and fads she delves into the world of foodies 50 Shades Disneyland The Sopranos romance and so much Each essay is strong in their own right and collectively they make a small tome that packs a punch and causes one to examine their own lust for such things I've been a fan of Heather Havrilesky since the prehistoric days of the internet when she was writing for Suckcom An ancient past when my pre work routine would consist of reading long form stories called blogs back when paragraphs weren't so intimidating Thankfully our modern era sensitive to our time constraints has since concentrated my mornings to scrolling memes instagram pics and 140 character tweets Heather is smart and acerbic and I love her voice she writes like I imagine I one day could wry observations heaped with the gloss of 10 dollar words Unfortunately I fear I've started with the wrong book It's still her erudite and cutting wit applied to the mundanity of everyday life but it veers too close to earnest screed It's easy pickings decrying the capitalist fantasies of Fifty Shades or the insufferability of foodies Disneyland and Crossfitters To claim we need to get out and online less But unfettered by the constraints of blogging and fleeting online attention free to truly flex in book form the chapters can tend to the baggy Things used to have to be tighter or maybe my attention has just shrunk Maybe in this environment I need my reasonable edicts to be delivered as precise ranting screeds eviscerating polemics that point and laugh at the misguided other in 1000 words or less insert appropriate gif meme here Heather Havrilesky is an advice columnist and also known for her previous memoir How to be a Person in the World The essays are a mixture of advice for living and pop culture sometimes in strange combinations One compares Selin in The Idiot by Elif Batuman to Mozart which I didn't really think worked all that well and I've read a lot about Mozart and loved The Idiot As per usual with this kind of book some of it didn't interest me at all often pop culture type essays of things I haven't watched and I did a fair amount of skimming Towards the end I found myself really enjoying a few of the essays So while I'm giving it three stars overall I will say I think there are a few that are stellar Part of my issue with the book overall is that Heather Havrilesky comes across as overly didactic I prefer to draw my own conclusions from information presented to me and I don't like being told what to do I suppose this is her advice columnist background really shining through But something about this tone also makes her sound like she is around retirement age and I get the impression she's a few decades younger than that Kids these days get off my lawn etcThe first chapter I really liked is Haunted which yes I noticed is number 13 It starts with a focus on author Shirley Jackson zooms through female characters in tv and refocuses on Lena Dunham and her HBO show Girls A uote near the beginning sums it upFor headstrong women who knew their own desires growing up in conventional society sometimes feels like inhabiting a haunted houseI found it to be even relevant within the #metoo movement and of course she does reference the Stanford rapist's victim's letter which had a pretty significant place in the larger discussion Another favorite is Bravado a chapter which looks at women and ambition It discusses the ridiculousness of the men or others in power who think of themselves as idea generators but do zero work and how they get the credit and focus while there are armies of capable women making it happen hashtag makeithappen for my library peeps It uestions why we downplay people who are capable people who aren't necessarily making bold moves but are solid and productive She ends with a call to belief in oneself and in the idea that our words matter A little dramatic but I had to agree I'm not ashamed to say I will be adding some uotations from this chapter to my planner at workI also liked the chapter called True Romance which makes a capable and productive argument for the mundane parts of longlasting relationships I received a copy of this book ahead of publication date from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review It came out 2 October 2018

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • What If This Were Enough? Essays
  • Heather Havrilesky
  • 11 November 2016
  • 9780385542883

About the Author: Heather Havrilesky

HEATHER HAVRILESKY is the author of How to Be a Person in the World and the memoir Disaster Preparedness She is a columnist for New York magazine and has written for The New Yorker The Atlantic The New York Times Magazine and NPR's All Things Considered among others She was Salon's TV critic for seven years She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a loud assortment of dependents most

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