How to be a person in the world : ask Polly's guide through the paradoxes of modern life / Heather Havrilesky.
- ISBN: 0385540396
- ISBN: 9780385540391
- ISBN: 0385540396 : HRD
- ISBN: 9780385540391 (hardcover)
- ISBN: 0385540396 (hardcover)
- Physical Description: xii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 
"A collection of new and prieviously published letters from Ask Polly's advice column, originally featured on The Awl and now on New York Magazine's blog, The Cut."
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Author's note -- Flaws become you -- Here comes the (anxious) bride -- My mind likes imagining boys -- The poisons of materialism -- Am I too weird? -- Crushed by an STD -- You are uniquely qualified to bring you the world -- What would Kanye do? -- My boyfriend has never had a job -- Devil town -- Commitmentphobes of NYC -- Reckoning, anger, & obsession -- The cheat sheet -- I'm tired of being so nice -- The weight of rage -- Cheaters become you -- That bitter aftertaste -- Weepiness is next to godliness -- Drunk no more -- I'm dating my best friend's ex -- How do I get over this betrayal? -- Why don't the men I date ever love me? -- Identity & becoming an artist (whether you make art or not) -- Land of the lost artist -- Lame job, lame life -- Do I make music or have a family? -- This job is killing me -- The uncertainty principle -- Making friends (out of nothing at all) -- I'm 38 and everything is awful -- Don't shy away -- I don't know -- Career or baby? -- Beauty in the breakdown -- I feel haunted by my affair -- The good wife -- Full disclosure -- Mourning glory -- The bean eaters.
Author's note -- I. Flaws become you. Here comes the (anxious) bride ; My mind likes imagining boys ; The poisons of materialism ; Am I too weird? ; Crushed by an STD -- II. You are uniquely qualified to bring you the world. What would Kanye do? ; My boyfriend has never had a job ; Devil town ; Commitmentphobes of N.Y.C -- III. Reckoning, anger, & obsession. The cheat sheet ; I'm tired of being so nice ; The weight of rage ; Cheaters become you ; That bitter aftertaste -- IV. Weepiness is next to godliness. Drunk no more ; I'm dating my best friend's ex ; How do I get over this betrayal? ; Why don't the men I date ever love me? -- V. Identity & becoming an artist (whether you make art or not). Land of the lost artist ; Lame job, lame life ; Do I make music or have a family? ; This job is killing me -- VI. The uncertainty principle. Making friends (out of nothing at all) ; I'm thirty-eight and everything is awful ; Don't shy away ; I don't know ; Career or baby? -- VII. Beauty in the breakdown. I feel haunted by my affair ; The good wife ; Full disclosure ; Mourning glory ; The bean eaters.
The author of an advice column presents some of the letters she has received and the guidance she has offered.
Should you quit your day job to follow your dreams? How do you rein in an overbearing mother? Will you ever stop dating wishy-washy, noncommittal guys? Should you put off having a baby for your career? Heather Havrilesky, the author of the weekly advice column Ask Polly, featured in New York magazine's The Cut, is here to guide you through the "what if's" and "I don't knows" of modern life with the signature wisdom and tough love her readers have come to expect. How to Be a Person in the World is a collection of never-before-published material along with a few fan favorites. Whether she's responding to cheaters or loners, lovers or haters, the depressed or the down-and-out, Havrilesky writes with equal parts grace, humor, and compassion to remind you that even in your darkest moments you're not alone.--Publisher description.
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