"Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition." (Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical)
Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right?
In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy), yet all are delivered with the type of linguistic dexterity and self-awareness that has won Watsky more than 765,000 YouTube subscribers. Alternately ribald and emotionally resonant, How to Ruin Everything announces a versatile writer with a promising career ahead.
©2016 George Watsky (P)2016 Penguin Audio
"Poetic writings of personal experiences"
Genuine, poetic, personal
Hearing the book in the author's own words really brought the stories to life and made it feel more personal
It inspired me. It made me have more faith in myself that one day I could write out retellings of my own life experiences in a similar format.
This book is far from ruined. In the days since making the purchase of this book, I've only put it down when I was absolutely required. Watsky's writes in a way that feels intimate and honest. And he reads as though he's telling a story to a friend. I was looking forward to a new album some day, now I'm hoping for more books.
Watsky is an amazing poet and author! I love this book, I enjoy his rap and was very excited to listen to this!!
"George Watsky delivers"
The book itself was great, a very enjoyable combination if essays about watsky's life.
the audiobook cements my idea that all authors should offer an audiobook read by them. his enthusiasm as he reads his memories is perfect.
"I dig it"
the book is great on its own but also gives great background on a lot of his songs. I dig it
"A nice collection of stories."
Humorous. Insightful. Alright.
The very first story, especially of all the things George couldn't believe he got away with, with little to no punishment for actual crimes he has done.
Other than George, since all of these revolve around his experiences, Sed, as I believe I heard it as. Don't know what it was with this character, but he just finds new ways to annoy the people around him in the best way possible.
In the chapter, "Nice Hook," it tells two stories: One about some guy George was, at one point, sitting next to on a plane, and the other being about fishing. The audiobook version has these five second sound effects to indicate what story the book is talking about. It's not that huge of a problem until the end of the chapter, where it back and forth between the stories, making it feel a bit longer than it should have been.
Wow, don't think I've heard something so wonderful in my entire life. Watsky has got one crazy life going for him.
It was great to tie together the pieces of Watsky's life and figure out a lot of the inspirations for his songs. Must have for the Watsky fans.
"Nonsense and Existentialism Galore"
A poetic, insightful, free-form experience that adheres less to plot than sheer imagination and insight.
George Watsky is a blacksmith of the written word, and a warrior in verbally wielding it. Great, eclectic read, but scattered and disproportionately interesting. Some essays left me wanting more, others made me disinterested. All-around great read.
"watsky is the best storyteller"
watsky has been doing this for years. each piece better and better than the previous.
"I will light the world with this tiny glowing screen"
I have been a fan of the author for many years now. Listening to as much of the music he has created as possible. Hunting for work with Anderson Paak, Kate Nash and Kush Mody. Plus anything else I could/can get my hands on, that I have not yet heard before.
Ever since I heard Watsky on Table Talk, the YouTube show done by the SourceFed team. I have found his story's amazing and to hear some of them in more detail was great. Also the chance to see where some of his lyrics. I only wish there were more. I remember when this book was announced and I was hopping there would be an audio version (reading not being my strongest skill) so that I to could share in his tales, this audiobook has delivered.
On finishing it for the first time I wanted to just start and listen to it again. It was really that good. So maybe Watsky's right. "When the sun burns out we'll light the world with tiny glowing screens" and on my screen will be this audiobook. 10/10
"Extended Watsky Spoken Word"
I'm a big fan of Watsky so when I saw this book I snapped it up. Like my title suggests; it was like an extended spoken word piece by the man himself. It had me chuckling at the tropes of his life and also left me with a sense that I was with him in all his adventure but a longing to have those adventures myself.
"Every minute was a lesson"
How to ruin everything is an outstanding lesson in lifes learning curve. I would highly recommend this book
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