"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
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
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.
"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
"Enjoyable and easy"
Easy and fun listen - not the top of my charts - but certainly worthwhile! :) so take a look!
"Read by the author
the author reading his own book really makes the book sound good. George Watsky has experience with vocal performance, so it is even better.
Watsky is just an amazing storyteller, I could listen to him all day. It's not just the story in it self but the rhythm of the words when he speaks them. Well done George, you didn't ruin this.
Really happy Watsky decided to Narrate his own book. A marvelous page turner that will keep you laughing and pondering and make you simultaneously proud and a little jealous at this piece of literature achievement.
Watskys is the only person who could narrate this book is provides so much wonderful insight into his colorful world.
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