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Review: We Learn Nothing

We Learn Nothing
We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like “I’ll Tell You in Person” by Chloe Caldwell, this collection of essays is an achingly authentic look into what it means to be human. And like Chloe, Tim is an extraordinary storyteller-the yang to her yin.

Politically, it’s clear where Tim stands but what’s so rare, so beautiful and so endearing about this writer is that he’s both empathic and tolerant of the other side. He “gets it” –i.e., what’s most important, most needed in our world:

“Let me propose that if your beliefs or convictions matter more to you than people–if they require you to act as though you were a worse person than you are–you may have lost perspective.”

You’ll laugh out loud, cringe, and maybe even cry reading these essays. And you’ll certainly pick up some brilliant insights, like my favorite, the concept of the “Soul Toupee”:

“Each of us has a Soul Toupee. The Soul Toupee is that thing about ourselves we are most deeply embarrassed by and like to think we have cunningly concealed from the world, but which is, in fact, pitifully obvious to everybody who knows us.”

This is a wonderful, honest, entertaining, clever read. I think I’ll start over and read it again…

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2017-07-08T17:48:55+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Autobiography, Book Review, Essays, Humor|Comments Off on Review: We Learn Nothing