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The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the…
by Misha Glouberman
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Blog-ish utterances of a community leader as transcribed by a delighted follower. Some wisdom here but the subject position is tiring. ( )
Annoyingly twee mini-essays from Canadian hipster and soi-disant social theorist Glouberman, as transcribed by n 1 writer Sheila Heti. It takes a while with this odd little book to penetrate its wide-eyed, slapdash nonstyle and to understand just how vacuous and self-absorbed its riffs on contemporary urban culture really are. Kind of like what you'd get if you cross-bred a stoner Malcolm Gladwell with Zooey Deschanel or Miranda July and raised them in Williamsburg. The horror.
Don't pretend there is no Leader, essay # 6, is an excellent illumination of this common problem in many groups.
The Chairs Are Where the People Go by Misha Glouberman is a collection of performance art ramblings as transcribed by Sheila Heti.
This is one of those books that I read completely out of context. I chose it because I liked (and still do) the title and the cover art. The problem I had was in not knowing how to approach these short essays.
Some of the essays seemed to be rather scholarly looks at different aspects of culture and psychology with a semiotics bent. Others though came off as self absorbed ramblings.
In the end I decided to move onto other books in my to be read pile. While there were certainly essays I enjoyed (the titular one, the on on bar fights, and the one on how to stop smoking), there wasn't enough to keep me reading.
like a blog as other reviewers suggested. not really very interesting. why did i finish it??? how did it get published?????
In short, pithy chapters ("Gentrification," "People's Protective Bubbles Are OK," "A Mind Is Not a Terrible Thing to Measure"), Misha Glouberman tells us what he has learned about life, tackling the most trivial of questions alongside the more important ones and revealing that they have more in common than you might think.
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