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  • What If This Were Enough? Essays
  • Heather Havrilesky
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  • 24 March 2019
  • 9780385542883

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Free download What If This Were Enough? Essays 100 By the author of the New York Times Love and Relationships bestseller How to Be a Person in the World an impassioned and inspiring collection about the expectations of modern life and the sweet imperfections of the everydayHeather Havrilesky's writing has been called whip smart and profanely funny Entertainment Weekly and reuired reading for all humans Celeste Ng In her work for New York The Baffler The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic as well as in her advice column for The Cut Ask Polly she dispenses a singular cuttin. Heather Havrilesky is an advice columnist and also known for her previous memoir How to be a Person in the World The essays are a mixture of advice for living and pop culture sometimes in strange combinations One compares Selin in The Idiot by Elif Batuman to Mozart which I didn t really think worked all that well and I ve read a lot about Mozart and loved The Idiot As per usual with this kind of book some of it didn t interest me at all often pop culture type essays of things I haven t watched and I did a fair amount of skimming Towards the end I found myself really enjoying a few of the essays So while I m giving it three stars overall I will say I think there are a few that are stellar Part of my issue with the book overall is that Heather Havrilesky comes across as overly didactic I prefer to draw my own conclusions from information presented to me and I don t like being told what to do I suppose this is her advice columnist background really shining through But something about this tone also makes her sound like she is around retirement age and I get the impression she s a few decades younger than that Kids these days get off my lawn etcThe first chapter I really liked is Haunted which yes I noticed is number 13 It starts with a focus on author Shirley Jackson zooms through female characters in tv and refocuses on Lena Dunham and her HBO show Girls A uote near the beginning sums it upFor headstrong women who knew their own desires growing up in conventional society sometimes feels like inhabiting a haunted houseI found it to be even relevant within the metoo movement and of course she does reference the Stanford rapist s victim s letter which had a pretty significant place in the larger discussion Another favorite is Bravado a chapter which looks at women and ambition It discusses the ridiculousness of the men or others in power who think of themselves as idea generators but do zero work and how they get the credit and focus while there are armies of capable women making it happen hashtag makeithappen for my library peeps It uestions why we downplay people who are capable people who aren t necessarily making bold moves but are solid and productive She ends with a call to belief in oneself and in the idea that our words matter A little dramatic but I had to agree I m not ashamed to say I will be adding some uotations from this chapter to my planner at workI also liked the chapter called True Romance which makes a capable and productive argument for the mundane parts of longlasting relationships I received a copy of this book ahead of publication date from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review It came out 2 October 2018

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Free download What If This Were Enough? Essays 100 We ingest today all the while suggesting new ways we might navigate our increasingly bewildering worldThrough her incisive and witty inuiries Havrilesky emphasizes the importance of locating the miraculous within the mundane In these timely provocative and often hilarious chapters she urges readers to embrace the flawed to connect with what already is who we already are what we already have She asks us to consider What if this were enough Our salvation Havrilesky asserts can be found right here right now in this imperfect momen. Last night after watching the first episode of Babylon Berlin I fell asleep to the police scannerA spurned ex also a sex offender had abducted and blown a bullet through the brain of a University of Utah student and dumped her body in a parking lotI work at the University of UtahMy brother goes to the University and texted me the alerts from New OrleansHeather Havrilesky understands this cultural moment the way that at its worst we can pipe in our worst nightmares directly to our frontal lobes until we collapse from exhaustion at a spiritual levelAs I finished this essay collection on the bus going up Highland Drive then 1300 East a rainbow appeared out the window which is definitely not a sign from God that now we ll pass sensible gun control laws because this nation hates women than it loves guns to uote BoJack Horseman S4 but was lovely nonethelessAnd below it was a billboardFor Fat Boy ice cream sandwichesWith the hashtag YouDeserveIt You deserve it you worthless collection of sentient nuclei every moment of anxiety and self doubt and nagging sense if you log into Tinder that you could be bludgeoned in an alley and someone somewhere would wonder what you were wearingHooray cardboard like ice cream sandwichesI looked at the Smokes Vapors shop to my right the Nielsen s frozen custard shop to my left and suddenly everything seemed pointless and ugly in a way I think Havrilesky would recognize as validThen I came to her final essay with its highlight of Angle of Repose as among the accomplishments that make life feel worth livingAnd it came together why she got itI knew from her Ask Polly column and How to Be a Person in the World that like Wallace Stegner like me she had lost a parent in her mid twentiesThat changes you I ve hit year six of the After and I see every day the subtle ways it shapes your consciousnessAt its best it can make you open hearted attuned to life s fragility and therefore its beautyAt its worst it can crush you in your loneliness in how lost you feel at 25 26 30 on a road where you feel largely aloneI realized my bus was on a road Stegner himself traveled often and yet again I felt so luckyI got off at my stop for my writing group took the Draw as they call it under 1300 East from Sugar House Park to the shopping center And this park Hidden Hollow which when I was a child was mostly known for drug paraphernalia felt storybook beautifulThe late afternoon sun broke through the golden leaves and kids were playing on the bridge and I thought prompted by the sum total of Heather s philosophyWhat if these are in fact the best conditions in which to write What if being a writer is what I was meant to be all alongAs if to hammer home the book s points a sign in the Hollow referenced Appreciating messiness and a uote by City Parks Idealist R E Sleater from 1922 laid out its vision fornatural rather than artificial beauty This didn t feel like empty Rousseauian nonsense to me at that moment It felt like women have been routinely silenced ignored even slaughtered and I was connected to a smart funny and weird one through something she invented in her mindStegner was from a poverty riddled background He spent time in an orphanage in Seattle He didn t seem destined for literary greatness He worked his way through the University of Utah in a tile storeHe thought he might just sell tile the rest of his life it was the belief of a handful of professors who believed in him that set him on his pathHe wasn t particularly religious but had an unwavering faith in himselfI emerged from the Hollow to my well trod corner of suburbia specifically Whole Foods which I freuent because it takes Apple Pay and I like it and it was on the wayMy notes for this review were stained with pepperoni grease and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor was piped inIt felt like second wave feminism was giving the finger to the forces trying to destroy women before death inevitably comes for us allWe can t crumple we can t lay down and dieAnother dessert another hashtag makesmewholeI mean can an apple galette solve this Probs not but it did look tastyThe piano player s playing This Must Be the Place And it s a miracle to be aliveNo angel came and told Stegner or Havrilesky they had to write to avenge the injustices of unstable childhoods and dead parents through spilled inkIt feels even noble in a way that they just did itI m glad they didStegner wrote this in It Is the Love of Books I Owe ThemI am coming along Thirteenth East on my way to an eight o clock class It is a marvelous morning it is always a marvelous morning whether the air is hazy with autumn and the oakbrush on the Wasatch has gone bronze and gold or whether the chestnut trees along the street are coned with blossoms I am enveloped in a universal friendliness I turn at the drugstore on Second South and start uphill toward the Park Building at the head of the U driveLaura McCluskey s vigil is at the Park Building I m reading those last pages of All the Little Live Things and I can t stop the tearsI think Heather would understand

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Free download What If This Were Enough? Essays 100 G wisdom an ability to inspire provoke and put a name to our most insidious cultural delusions What If This Were Enough is a mantra and a clarion call In its chapters many of them original to the book others expanded from their initial publication Havrilesky takes on those cultural forces that shape us From the enforced cheer of American life to the celebration of survivalism from the allure of materialism to our misunderstandings of romance and success Havrilesky deconstructs some of the most poisonous and misleading messages. I was so excited for this but in the end I couldn t even finish it I felt like I got permission after the author s bizarre anti library comments on twitter I get that wasn t the point she was trying to make but much like this book it came across convoluted entitled and annoying I didn t even finish the last uarter I couldn t do it