How Should a Person Be? Probably Less Judgmental


I hate to judge a book by its cover but, frankly, I do it all the time both literally and metaphorically. Here’s a rather neat and quite perfectly formed example just for you. With special guest appearance from Kato.

From: Ohhellwhatthehell

Sent: Monday, 18 June 2012 11:23 AM
To: Kato
Subject: Is it just me…..

Or does this sound like The Worst Book Ever?

 I don’t know a single person who wouldn’t benefit from reading Sheila Heti’s new novel, How Should a Person Be?, a rumination on art, friendship and the other major questions of existence. This “novel from life” features a character named Sheila, who lives (as the author does) in Toronto. In the beginning of the book, Sheila’s friends Margaux and Sholem, both painters, decide to have an “ugly painting competition,” to see who can create the ugliest painting, a process which proves more difficult than expected. In the meantime, Sheila struggles with the challenges of her friendship with Margaux, her inability to write a commissioned play about women, and a sexual obsession with a man named Israel. Combined, these conflicts lead her to the question: “how should a person be?”

From: Kato
Sent: Monday, 18 June 2012 11:32 AM
To: Ohhellwhatthehell
Subject: RE: Is it just me…..

 

I started laughing when I got to “her inability to write a commissioned play about women” and basically didn’t stop.

 

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About ohhellwhatthehell

I like gin, mittens and otters, not necessarily in that order. Here's some stuff I felt like writing down when I'm not chained to a desk writing other things for a living. Please use caution when using this site; there may be sweary words, cute animals and general bullshit. Don't say I didn't fucking warn you.
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