Chairs Are Where the People Go

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Written by Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti. Heti basically wrote things Glouberman said. And Glouberman sounds like a shy person’s worst nightmare but could also be the best thing to happen to that person. He’s like the camp counselor that makes everyone participate, and if you don’t volunteer, you’ll get called on.

This book is on my Literary Disco reading list, and it is not a novel but more of a philosophical self-help book. It contains the philosophies of Misha Glouberman and some of his takes on how to approach different social situations in a big city.

I would not have normally picked out this book, but it reads a lot like some of the books I’ve read written by celebrities like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and I loved those. It’s like the author is talking to you, and you’re enjoying the conversation. Even though I have no idea who Glouberman is, I enjoyed the conversation.

Some of it anyway. As someone who is not a big fan of socializing with strangers, Glouberman lost my interest, and I stopped reading. I felt like he was saying the same thing but in different situations. It was all about getting involved in social things and talking to people. This book put a new perspective on things for me. It’s a good argument for being social and networking, but not enough for me to change my personal life.

There was an interesting chapter about how artists like him that might be known in their towns and in the town paper are not actually making as much money as everyone thinks they are just because they’re known. He makes a good point. The cheap tickets to see a certain artist are good for us but not the artist, and if you want to support them, you got to spend money on their expensive merchandise. Interesting dilemma, huh?

Besides that, I didn’t get a lot out of the book besides being able to feel like I’m in the Literary Disco book club.

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