- How Should a Person Be?
- Sheila Heti
- 28 July 2019
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characters How Should a Person Be? 107 Blocked in an age in which the blow job is the ultimate art form She begins uestioning her desire to be Important her uest to be both a leader and a pupil and her unwillingness to sacrifice herselfSearching uncompromising and yet mordantly funny How Should a Person Be is a brilliant portrait of art making and friendship from the psychic underground of Canada's most fiercely original write. I started responding to my GR friend Gaeta s comment but then I thought I d take a cue from MsHeti and make my transcribed dialogue with my friends into the text itself How fascinating notSoGAETAI was frightened off by the sexy and depraved tag It seemed I m too cool for you and exhaustingly uirkyELAINEYes sexy and depraved More like 50 Shades of Gray by way of Williamsburg or whatever the euivalent Canadian hipster ghetto is After 50 Shades is it really transgressive to revel in your own subjugation Don t people read 50 Shades at the Olive Garden I think degradation has jumped the shark This book is exactly like spending several hours with a narcissistic vain hipster ette who won t shut up Like The Fault in Our Stars it s vaguely possible that there is an appropriate age for this book and I am not it But unlike TFiOS which is about and I think for adolescents this book is disturbingly about mid 30 somethings making you wish the author and her semi non fictional charactersfriends would just grow up This book has been much compared to Girls And it does read like the script of Girls worst episodes NB I like Girls but find it uneven or like your college journal if you were a particularly bitchy self centered unthoughtful college student taken with your own ability to name drop fancy artists and philosophers ok we were all probably a little like that But Lena Dunham is 26 and her character is 24 and funnier and self aware in a real way as opposed to a precious way than Heti is And we were all 19 when we wrote that college journal Sheila Heti and her characters are circa 35 That s too old to spend your days drunk and wasted thinking exceedingly dull and trite deep thoughts about art and working and life and hoping that you will somehow become great at art by thinking about it enough as opposed to actually engaging with the universe on some non navel gazing level It is possible that this book is a great satiric summary of the utter loss and lostness of a certain generation of entitled aging bright ex young things and would be artists But I think it s not a satire like an artifact How sad To me this book is the trucker hat of novels It s ugly and terribly banal yet is supposed to be so ugly and terribly banal that it s actually ironically cool In the end it s only dull and irritating but like the trucker hat liking it signifies your participation in a certain in group As with the trucker hat if you have to ask if its real or ersatz ironic or earnest you are probably too old or too suare to get the point and you probably don t know that Margaux and Sholom are real people who are actual artists in Toronto and actually friends with Heti w luck you don t care Every week when I watch Girls even or especially the better episodes I thank heaven I m not 24 any This book had a similar salutary effect on meSummary ç eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Sheila Heti
characters How Should a Person Be? 107 From the internationally acclaimed author of The Middle Stories and Ticknor comes a bold interrogation into the possibility of a beautiful life How Should a Person Be is a novel of many identities an autobiography of the mind a postmodern self help book and a fictionalized portrait of the artist as a young woman of two such artists in factFor reasons multiple and mysterious Sheila finds. Spoiler alertIf your protagonist comes to a major life realization while sticking her nose in a guy s hairy ass I m probably not your target audience
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characters How Should a Person Be? 107 Herself in a uandary of self doubt uestioning how a person should be in the world Inspired by her friend Margaux a painter and her seemingly untortured ability to live and create Sheila casts Margaux as material embarking on a series of recordings in which nothing is too personal too ugly or too banal to be turned into art Along the way Sheila confronts a cast of painters who are eually. Just as it is rare for me to want to hug a book it is twice as rare for a book to give me a horrific pessimistic claustrophobia I finished How Should a Person Be in a three hour stretch of downtime at work today and I remember the distinct thought pop into my head that if the world is really like this if this book carries the weight of any truth in its pages then we as people are hopeless and maybe I d rather not live Maybe I d rather not live This book made me briefly unconsciously suicidal And I just finished reading a book about suicide and logical defenses of one s right to do so That book didn t make me think of not wanting to live This one did I m not sure if you d call that success The urge to define oneself in relation to others to not know who one is absent of the opinion or influence of others to get suckered into relationships with people that make you feel like you have no sense of self who hasn t lived these ideas for herself To me these are natural issues that come with being a person and living among other people developing relationships and intimacy with them David Foster Wallace Kazuo Ishiguro Shirley Jacksonthese writers have much wisdom to share in my opinion about alienation and existing in relation to othersThis book on the other hand is full of artists who feel like their souls are dying if their voices are recorded Who get upset about mistyping souls as soulds which is a mistake I actually just made while typing the previous sentence not because I actually feel like my soul is a commodity but because the S key is really close to the D key Who mistrust Nietzsche when they learn that he typed his books on a typewriter as opposed to his thoughts just materializing out of the air I guess Because they re hipster artists and they think in stupid metaphors that no one with normal problemsnormal concept of self even has time to think about I should have been warned by the Miranda July blurb on the front I tell you I m really disappointed that this book is so consciously composed of strict hipster philosophy so forcedly Artful Because I wanted it to give me some wisdom that I could use about intimacy I expected some significantly wiser less insular useful examination of who people are in relation to each other Heti kind of ekes out something worthwhile at the end with Sheila s big revelation view spoilerthat maybe she should just exist by her own will and wants not worrying about her relation to anybody in order to be a person hide spoiler