Review: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson

Thumbs up for The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson. Psychology.

This review will be slightly censored as it has to pass email spam filters. This offends both my bookseller side and my linguist side, but you can’t win ’em all. Which is, come to think of it, exactly the point of the book: pick your battles carefully and with reference to your underlying values. In this case, my value is “email deliverability.” I read this book because I liked the original blog post of the same title. (Completely irrelevant aside: the blog post has my all-time favorite website banner, because what is better than an adorable kitten walking away from a John Woo-level explosion? I used it as my desktop background for a while.) The book is a useful expansion on the blog post, free of padding. The easily offended had best avoid it, but everyone else will probably find something of merit here; even if it’s not for you, you probably know someone else who should read it. I’m enough of a mean little cynic that I grinned wickedly through the whole thing.

Essentially, we become more selective about the f–ks we’re willing to give. This is something called maturity. It’s nice, you should try it sometime. Maturity is what happens when one learns to only give a f–k about what’s truly f–kworthy. As Bunk Moreland said to his partner Detective McNulty in The Wire  […]: “That’s what you get for giving a f–k when it wasn’t your turn to give a f–k.”

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