We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 12, 2012 - Literary Collections - 240 pages
“Kreider locates the right simile and the pith of situations as he carefully catalogues humanity’s inventive and manifold ways of failing” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like? How do you react when someone you’ve known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

With a perfect combination of humor and pathos, these essays, peppered with Kreider’s signature cartoons, leave us with newfound wisdom and a unique prism through which to examine our own chaotic journeys through life. These are the conversations you have only with best friends or total strangers, late at night over drinks, near closing time.

This edition also includes the sensationally popular essay “The Busy Trap,” as seen in the New York Times.
 

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Contents

REPRIEVE
1
THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG
11
YOU CANT STAY HERE
25
THE CZARS DAUGHTER
31
HOW THEY TRIED TO FUCK ME OVER
49
WHEN THEYRE NOT ASSHOLES
57
A MANIFESTO
77
THE ANTIKREIDER CLUB
85
ESCAPE FROM PONY ISLAND
101
CHUTES AND CANDYLAND
161
AN INSULT TO THE BRAIN
183
SISTER WORLD
201
NOTES
217
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About the author (2012)

Tim Kreider has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Week, The Men’s Journal, and Nerve.com. His popular comic strip, The Pain—When Will It End?, ran in alternative weeklies for twelve years and has been collected in three books by Fantagraphics. He is the author of two collections of essays, We Learn Nothing and I Wrote This Book Because I Love You. He divides his time between New York City and an undisclosed location on the Chesapeake Bay.

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