We're going to start off this week with Mark Manson's newest book, Everything is F*cked
. Manson, as you may recall, wrote The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
a few years ago, and, well, it's been translated into thirteen languages so far and is a bestseller many, many times over. In fact, it's not even in paperback yet.
And here he is with a new book. A book that is subtitled "A Book About Hope." Hang on, we'll go check.
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Oh, what? Did we wander off? Sorry. We were just skimming—oh! Eighty pages? Where did the time go?
Anyway, Manson, who has bummed us all out quite spectacularly with The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
(though he wasn't wrong in his assessment, by any stretch), has opted to be a little less of a downer this time around. Sort of. There is the Uncomfortable Truth of our utter insignificance that can't be brushed away, so yeah, we're all still quite f*cked in that regard, but Manson has some "hopeful" things to say about how we just don't seem to be inclined to get on board with that program.
Anyway, this one is blue. The other one is orange. We have both. Cheers!
Meanwhile, Michael Pollan's fascinating exploration of what science is doing with psychedelics is out in paperback. How to Change Your Mind
is not about learning how to talk yourself out of that second donut on Saturday morning, but rather, transforming how your brain works altogether through the use of strange chemicals and natural ingredients. LSD isn't just for your job-dodging, couch-surfing, ex-beat poet uncle any more; professionals are taking it too!
And speaking of secrets of the universe, Thames & Hudson has convinced Stephen Turnbull to put together all that he knows about ninjas into a handy pocket-sized volume. Ninja: The Unofficial Secret Manual
comes with 122 illustrations, as well as handy guides for using knots to incapacitate your enemies, to how sneak into castles, how to achieve invisibility, and how to control the minds of your foes. Plus clothing guides, bujitsu
diagrams, and useful everyday expressions that will confound people about whether or not you are a ninja.
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Yeah, I think we're good. There's a bunch of other books that came out this week, but honestly, these are the three you need.