Misha Glouberman Sheila Heti
The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City
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The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City Misha Glouberman Sheila Heti Should neighborhoods change Is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking Why do people think that if you do one thing, you re against something else Is monogamy a trick Why isn t making the city fun for you and your friends a super noble political goal Why does a computer last only three years How often should you see your parents How should we behave at partieShould neighborhoods change Is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking Why do people think that if you do one thing, you re against something else Is monogamy a trick Why isn t making the city fun for you and your friends a super noble political goal Why does a computer last only three years How often should you see your parents How should we behave at parties Is marriage getting easier What can spam tell us about the world Misha Glouberman s friend and collaborator, Sheila Heti, wanted her next book to be a compilation of everything Misha knew Together, they made a list of subjects As Misha talked, Sheila typed He talked about games, relationships, cities, negotiation, improvisation, Casablanca, conferences, and making friends His subjects ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous But sometimes what had seemed trivial began to seem important and what had seemed important began to seem less so.The Chairs Are Where the People Go is refreshing, appealing, and kind of profound It s a self help book for people who don t feel they need help, and a how to book that urges you to do things you don t really need to do.. The Chairs Are Where the People Go How to Live Work and Play in the City Should neighborhoods change Is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking Why do people think that if you do one thing you re against something else Is monogamy a trick Why isn t making the city fun f
  • Title: The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City
  • Author: Misha Glouberman Sheila Heti
  • ISBN: 9780865479456
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Mike Lindgren says:

      Annoyingly twee mini essays from Canadian hipster andsoi disant social theorist Glouberman, as transcribed by n 1 writer Sheila Heti It takes a while with this odd little book to penetrate its wide eyed, slapdash nonstyle and to understand just how vacuous and self absorbed its riffs on contemporary urban culture really are Kind of like what you d get if you cross bred a stoner Malcolm Gladwell with Zooey Deschanel or Miranda July and raised them in Williamsburg The horror.

    2. Jasmine says:

      I found this book at work in the philosophy section and I thought, what good advice chairs are where the people go it s not really a philosophy book at all, strand shelves it as self help, but it s not at all a self help book either, really it s a book book, it s like a book of essays but done as an oral history It s a guy I assume misha is a guy who just does a lot of things talking about the way he sees the world I like that, I like it a lot the book is mostly about people how we interact, how [...]

    3. Jim Frederick says:

      This book has about three good pieces They are about Harvard, the author s battle with a noisy bar in his neighborhood, and quitting smoking The piece on Harvard was appropriately published in the Paris Review The smoking piece made me laugh for minutes The other pieces 160 pgs in the book are not much better than blog posts.I enjoyed aspects of the book It is funny, gentle, minorly psychologically insightful, and has a good mix of thought and story telling.On the other hand, it is unorganized, [...]

    4. John Spillane says:

      This book was a great chance to get into the head of somebody who has a drastically different life than I have I like Toronto There is some repeat or filler here, but I don t see people recommending titles that do the same thing this does any better Definitely still a Sheila fan, and think Misha was is worth my time.

    5. Russ Ramstrom says:

      The beginning caught my attention, but by the middle of the book I felt like he was just bragging about the classes that he teaches He lost me on the the 8th chapter about another one of his class exercises

    6. Lauren says:

      I got this from a good friendhe s intelligent, well read and extremely insightful, so I was excited about this book I ll be honest took me a few essays to get into it That said, once I was, I thoroughly enjoyed it As I continued to read, I became fully engaged in each essay, intrigued by not only what Misha had to say, but how he decided to say it.Misha talks in and around and through things in a way most people don t I love how his brain works, and find his musings on random experiences in life [...]

    7. Sarah says:

      Meh I picked up this book and I use the term book loosely as I ll explain later because I heard it was about teaching improvisation As improv has become the highlight of my week I was curious to read what Misha Glouberman had to say Glouberman is a Canadian who, as far as I can tell, has a variety of odd side occupations Apparently, his friend, Sheila Heti, deemed his views worthy of sharing with the literary world The book is a transcription of Misha expounding on a variety of topics from makin [...]

    8. D. says:

      Note Having seen than a handful of Misha hosted events in the last ten years, I was familiar with his stage style, his endearingly awkward improv while addressing crowds of people It was that kind of quiet surprise I kept reading into his voice as I went through this collection of tiny, conversational essays on seemingly random ideas This is why the book didn t bother me as much as most of the other reviewers I had an idea of what might be waiting Misha is interested in social behavior and styl [...]

    9. Ben Bush says:

      I like conversations so much that I sometimes wish they could continue even when there isn t really anything to talk about or any information to exchange Some of the games Misha talks about in here, like the one about conducting or the one about rock placement, seem to solve that It seems like it would be fun to play some of these.

    10. Ben says:

      Misha Glouberman teaches charades To grown ups Because, it turns out, charades is hard it requires you to be empathetic, creative, and an effective communicator Which, curiously enough, is also what s required to get along in the world So this book, essentially, is a handy, pocket sized guide to being a person who doesn t suck Not bad for a Canadian charades instructor, eh

    11. Gesse says:

      Wait s just this dude from Toronto who teaches Improv chatting about stuff Yeah, but it s really good Thoughtful and comforting in a your not the only one who worries about this stuff way.

    12. Melanie Page says:

      Check out my review at JMWW jmww.150m Hetirevml

    13. Robert says:

      An odd must read for anyone Especially anyone who plays charades, plans to live in the city, or likes thinking about things.

    14. Lucas Miller says:

      I didn t read this book in a single sitting It has sat on my shelf about half read for over a year I picked it up again yesterday, and thought I d read a few pages After reading about 50 pages, I figured I should go ahead and get down to the end I spent about 15 minutes before reading the last 25 pages reading 2 star reviews of this book I share some of the main frustrations with the book that the majority of these reviews express, but I think they tend to be overstated The whole twee, adorkable [...]

    15. Amelia says:

      In general I enjoyed this book It has the feel of a rambling with someone interesting, thoughtful, and kind Sometimes it feels like the answers are simple when they could be complex, perhaps privileging perceived common sense over actual ambiguity It certainly inspired me to play games, for which I am grateful I like the essay slash interview hybrid format and I think it deserves further exploration If I were to elaborate on this book, I think I would want to draw out the possibility of the oth [...]

    16. Numberbox says:

      It was ok, I think I m just a bit tired of the premise eloquent young urban adults writing essays that seems little than transcriptions from their everyday That Sheila would be jotting down pretty much verbatim Misha s waxing on life little issues seemed a bit much for me, at the time I bailed 1 4 of the way in.

    17. Mariam says:

      Interesting, easy to read and random book.

    18. Alex Song says:

      Couple of good insights Mostly pretty average.

    19. Aurora says:

      Interesting, engaging, and thoughtful Anyone who works with process, relationships, groupwork, and communities should enjoy this Other reviews here disdain the style and the content, but I found it readable and original The authors are pretty upfront about what the book is and isn t, so there s no surprise as to the structure or ambitions of the book Others have called it unbearably hipster, but I think that just means thoughtful and self aware.

    20. Madrezenith says:

      rambling book, some interesting ideas and some boring ones He writes a lot about his theatre classes, which sound like they would be fun to take I disagree with some of his ideas, like with city living, here in Philly the hipsters want gardens, bike lanes, less cars and art in the city but I don t think that these are awful for older city residents Glouberman seems to think that all hipsters want parties and art happenings to take over neighborhoods and that billboards are not at odds with city [...]

    21. Heid Zhng says:

      Why is this a book I like how perhaps subconsciously or fortuitously they dedicated the book as To Margaux, Glouberman s girlfriend that was the real life inspiration for the character in Heti s novel, instead of For Margaux Because this is precisely what it feels like picking apart someone s brain and getting to know every crease and fold, however trivial, and thus conjuring up a somehow frighteningly loyal portrait of that person, frightening because it is at once global, holistic, definitive [...]

    22. Elliot Chalom says:

      I m not sure what to make of this book on the one hand I generally liked each of the essays 1 2 pages mostly and they passed the time nicely while being slightly thought provoking, on the other hand it is quite a stretch to call this a book of philosophy, even in broad terms, and I don t think the book delivers on its promises in the least The questions on the back how should neighborhoods change Is monogamy a trick What can spam tell us about the world are meant to be representative of the kind [...]

    23. Wendy Yu says:

      If you re not skeptical of this book, then you need to re evaluate yourself A book documenting the random thoughts of a man who speaks in full paragraphs, teaches charades classes, is overly interested in improvised experimental music, and who is the creator of an uber hipster series of talks called Trampoline Hall Hipster trash, right VERY surprisingly, I really enjoyed all of it I mean, it s too much in about a thousand places, but Misha s reflections and experiences esp the ones with his acti [...]

    24. Maggie says:

      From the New Yorker THE CHAIRS ARE WHERE THE PEOPLE GOby Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti Faber Faber 13 After Heti decided that the world should have a book of everything that Glouberman knows, the two friends drafted a list of promising topics Then Glouberman, a well known performance artist, talked, Heti transcribed, and the result is a triumph of what might be called conversational philosophy Heti was right the world is better for these humane and hilarious essays, on subjects as various as [...]

    25. Stephanie Cecilia says:

      This little book took me by surprise I put it down halfway and came back to it I think I was reading the first half of the book too literally It s a collection of seemingly unrelated essays excerpts from an interview divided into chapters that alternate between anecdotes and observations about life and people and the author s recounting of workshops he taught in movement and sound improv They were social experiments which gave him insight to be able to formulate views on society and our interact [...]

    26. Emily says:

      I had to invent a new shelf for this book I call it the original thinker shelf I recommended it to my brother because Misha went to Harvard and my brother went to Harvard, and I think he ll be amused by what Misha thought about his experience there and what it means to have gone there I also appreciated the chapter on teaching people charades, on improving neighborhoods, and almost any chapter I could mention I think the book amazes me because it was not written in the conventional sense Sheila [...]

    27. Amy says:

      Two other reviewers already summed it up for me reading this book makes me wish I knew this Misha character, because he seems to be a calm, intelligent, interesting person but this book occasionally has the Miranda July curse upon it, which might ruin it for some twee performance arty Since this author apparently runs classes on how to play charades among other things, the book contains improv class and icebreaker concepts than the average collection of essays There are several sections, though [...]

    28. Greg Talbot says:

      For a book about How to live, work, and play in the city , it is auspiciously fun, irreverent and thought provoking A large slice is about improv Different approaches towards improv that allow for surprise and creativity Misha characterizes these adventures as somewhat aimless But this blithe approach opened me to the uncommon insights of making social experiences.Some takeaways Having unconferences where there is no set agenda and the participants decide what they want to learn Alcohol and drug [...]

    29. Naomi says:

      Did not finish Endless mini chapters of random unoriginal thoughts, at times originally expressed but I was bored after chapter 5 and gave up after 17 I have no interest in reading about improv and charades classes for socially desperate millenials I ve been sceptical of that kind of forced socialisation ever since Sherwin Tjia instigated Montreal s craze for similar stunts of desperation with slow dance nights with strangers and strip spelling bees I have even less interest in reading a white T [...]

    30. F.S. says:

      This is a quirky book When I started reading it, I first thought, really Why this guy Because it s not really a how to live, work and play in the city book at all But it turns out Misha has a lot of interesting thoughts about a lot of things, and you end up wishing he was a friend of yours, and that you were having of these kinds of conversations For example, Misha says, Parties should be fun They should certainly be gone to out of a desire to get something out of them Certainly you shouldn t g [...]

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