We Learn Nothing: Essays

Tim Kreider (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
April 09, 2013
Pages
232
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781439198711
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About the Author

Tim Kreider's was born and educated in Baltimore, MD and lives in an undisclosed location on the Chesapeake Bay. His articles have appeared in Film Quarterly and The Comics Journal. His cartoons appear every week in the Baltimore City Paper and the Jackson Planet Weekly. Kreider's books include Twilight of the Assholes, Why Do They Kill Me?, and The Pain--When Will It End?

Reviews

"A remarkable collection . . . I found myself nodding in agreement and wondering how [Tim Kreider] could so consistently express my feelings, and express them so much better than I ever could."--Nancy Pearl "NPR.org "
"Tim Kreider's writing is heartbreaking, brutal and hilarious--usually at the same time. He can do in a few pages what I need several hours of screen time and tens of millions to accomplish. And he does it better. Come to think of it, I'd rather not do a blurb. I am beginning to feel bad about myself."--Judd Apatow
"Amazing . . . Any thinking person with a sense of humor will find We Learn Nothing provocative and delightful, reminiscent, in varying ways, of David Foster Wallace, James Thurber, David Sedaris, and Susan Sontag."--Jennifer Finney Boylan "author of She's Not There "
"Tim Kreider may be the most subversive soul in America and his subversions--by turns public and intimate, political and cultural--are just what our weary, mixed-up nation needs. The essays in We Learn Nothing are for anybody who believes it's high time for some answers, damn it."--Richard Russo "Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls "
"Whether he is expressing himself in highly original cartoons that are hilarious visual poems, or in prose that exposes our self-delusions by the way he probes his own experience with candor, Tim Kreider is a writer-artist who brilliantly understands that every humorist at his best is a liberator. Because he is irreverent, makes us laugh, ruffles the feathers of the pretentious and the pompous, and keeps us honest, We Learn Nothing is a pleasure from its first page to the last."--Charles Johnson "bestselling author of Middle Passage "
"In a political atmosphere as angry as this, [Kreider's] oblique, self-deprecating commentary may be the only angle to which party loyalists on either side are likely to respond. We Learn Nothing should be their required reading."--Willamette Week (Portland, Ore.)
"Kreider is as compelling a writer as he is a visual satirist. His essays tend toward the 'elegiac, ' as he puts it--something that cannot be said of his cartoons--but the same delightfully brutal honesty underlies both. Kreider's descriptions are often simultaneously surprising and resonant . . . self-effacing and funny."--City Paper (Baltimore)
"Kreider is a superb essayist, a funny and fluent storyteller who wears his cultural literacy lightly . . . To read "The Creature Walks Among Us," "The Czar's Daughter," "Escape from Pony Island," or "An Insult to the Brain" is to appreciate a mordant but affectionate observer of life's rich pageant, and a craftsman who almost never puts a word wrong."--Johns Hopkins Magazine
"Kreider locates the right simile and the pith of situations as he carefully catalogues humanity's inventive and manifold ways of failing."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Earnest, well-turned personal essays about screw-ups without an ounce of sanctimony--a tough trick."--Kirkus Reviews
"We Learn Nothing articulated, for me, more human truths than any book in recent memory. When you're done with it, it almost feels like finishing a textbook: you actually feel like you understand how things work a little better."--PublishersWeekly.com