We Learn Nothing

We Learn Nothing

Essays and Cartoons

Book - 2012
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Satirical cartoonist Kreider turns his most unflinchingly funny, honest mind to the dark truths of the human condition. Combining the insight of David Foster Wallace with the humor of David Sedaris, Kreider asks big questions about human-sized problems in comically illustrated essays.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2012.
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439198704
1439198705
Branch Call Number: 814.6 KREIDER
Characteristics: xii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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eileenlufkin
Jul 14, 2019

Person who wrote "if we want the rewards of being loved we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known.”

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callig
Jan 09, 2019

A hoot and a half! The man can write AND draw? Well that helps me keep my narcissism down.
This is a series of chapter-essays garnished with full-page cartoons, mostly on his personal life. He reveals an intelligent weak man, but one must admire his self-deprecating humor and self-knowledge. And better smart, weak and self-aware than the normal reverse. The title promises biting insight and delivers.
Some tidbits, to give you a taste... "even in the midst of these deliriums, some tiny, invincibly sane part of my brain, like the last surviving scholar barricaded in the library of a burning city..."! "Watching conservatives vote for politicians who've proudly pledged to screw them and their children over fills me with the same exasperated contempt i feel for rabbits who zig-zag wildly back and forth in front of my tires...".
One of the books peaks is on an environmentalist buddy named Ken.. "The last and saddest lesson i learned from him is that most of us are motivated not by reason or even self-interest, but something more like middle school politics."
"Life is like that game in which you're assigned an identity scrawled on a piece of paper that everyone else can see but you can't, and you have to deduce from other people's hints and snickers who you are. it doesn't matter if you want to be Pierre Bonnard or Vasco da Gama if what's written on your card is Barney Rubble."
3 collections of his cartoons are available from FantaGraphics.

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IrishMoon
Jan 11, 2014

I just couldn't get into this book. I found it so dull, I finally stopped reading and put it aside.

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ibiwisi
Nov 08, 2013

Beautifully written, thought-provoking essays/musings from a humorist and cartoonist I wasn't aware of before. I hope we'll hear more from him in the coming months/years.

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bollingerj
Jun 21, 2013

An entertaining read. Kreider's observations of others may be judgemental, but also pretty funny.

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