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The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to…

The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the…

by Misha Glouberman

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Should neighborhoods change? Is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking? Why do people think that if you do one thing, you're against something else? Is monogamy a trick? Why isn't making the city more fun for you and your friends a super-noble political goal? Why does a computer last only three years? How often should you see your parents? How should we behave at parties? Is marriage getting easier? What can spam tell us about the world? Misha Glouberman's friend and collaborator, Sheila Heti, wanted her next book to be a compilation of everything Misha knew. Together, they made a list of subjects. As Misha talked, Sheila typed. He talked about games, relationships, cities, negotiation, improvisation,Casablanca, conferences, and making friends. His subjects ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. But sometimes what had seemed trivial began to seem important--and what had seemed important began to seem less so. The Chairs Are Where the People Gois refreshing, appealing, and kind of profound. It's a self-help book for people who don't feel they need help, and a how-to book that urges you to do things you don't really need to do.… (more)
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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. ( )
  JesseTheK | Dec 23, 2019 |
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. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
Don't pretend there is no Leader, essay # 6, is an excellent illumination of this common problem in many groups. ( )
  Janientrelac | Dec 7, 2014 |
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. ( )
  pussreboots | Mar 12, 2014 |
like a blog as other reviewers suggested. not really very interesting. why did i finish it??? how did it get published????? ( )
  mahallett | Dec 27, 2012 |
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