Monday, February 16, 2009

Eugene Mirman's new book. John Wesley Harding's new album. Add author Rick Moody and you've got Wes & Eugene's Cabinet of Wonders 3/25 at the Horse

Eugene Mirman (Former Hampshire College student): "The Will To Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life," my harebrained send-up of self-help, came out from Harper Perennial on February 1oth. This "charmingly hysterical guidebook" (that's something I wrote for the back cover) is the perfect gift for anyone, especially yourself. You now get it in a book store. Soon the book will be available on my website with autographed book plates (stickers). I am told by people that this is a normal thing to do and that authors often sign stickers that are put in their book.

Here are some more wonderful quotes about my book:

"I liked the sh*t out of this book!"
- Greg Behrendt, author of He's Just Not That Into You

"Reading this book is like having a tiny Eugene riding on your shoulder and whispering his advice in your ear. I agree with Eugene on all aspects of this book except taking acid at an office party. I am never doing that again. Buy this book." - Zach Galifianakis

"I laughed out loud reading this. I was reading it in public. Three cute girls at a nearby table laughed at me. I swear one of them mouthed the words, 'fat loser' to her friends. I now hate Eugene Mirman."
- Patton Oswalt

"A work of penetrating insight and rigorous scholarship. By turning our attention away from the 'will to power' and toward the more deeply significant will to whatevs, Mirman reshapes the debate in a way that will doubtless influence philosophers for generations to come."
- Joshua Knobe, professor of philosophy and cognitive science at Yale University

"This book is good, and not just because it was free. Knowing what I know now about the quality, I would have paid at least nine thousand dollars."
- David Willis, co-creator Aqua Teen Hunger Force

"This book is a knee-slapper, a gut-buster, and a side-splitter. Don't read it unless you have health insurance!"
- Kristen Schaal

"Eugene Mirman is the Andy Warhol of comedy. People look to him for what's next in comedy, and he emails these people back promptly. The Will to Whatevs put me in a great mood because I was laughing out loud. Alone. That's hard to do."

- Mike Birbiglia


"When to serve duck confit? What's the haps with sexual harassment? In a world full of questions, the entertaining Eugene Mirman has all the answers."
- Sarah Vowell, author of Assassination Vacation (Live at the Calvin Theatre 2/27!)

"Do you need tips on how to live? I mean besides the breathing and eating part? Then this book is for you! Including self-help tips for Jewish robots from the future (I'm guessing)!!!!!"
- David Cross

"Let's face it. You can only get so far in life by dressing just like Eugene Mirman, imitating his voice, and wearing a very realistic rubber mask modeled on his face. If you really want to be happy, you have to inhabit HIS VERY MIND. And now, at last, this book allows it! At last, now, you can be truly happy, the MIRMAN WAY. Just be sure to adjust your rubber mask eye holes to "READ MODE," or else this book will not help you."
- John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise

John Wesley Harding (nĂ© Wesley Stace) has assembled a few friends — including novelist Rick Moody, and comedian Eugene Mirman, to help celebrate the release of his latest neo-folk masterpiece, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead. Harding, who has also released novels under his birth name, has handpicked each of his guests in hopes of bringing together his two loves — words and music — under one roof for tonight's Cabinet of Wonders. Part variety show and part concert, Stace says "I wanted to bring together my novel writing friends (who mostly envy my musician friends) and my musician friends (who mostly envy my novel writing friends) under one flag," says Harding. "The fact is: I like everyone who's performing."

Rick Moody is one of the most gifted American novelists of his generation.Like the work of other well-known East-Coast American writers (John Irving, John Updike), Moody's fiction is firmly rooted in, as well as written in response to, the urban, rural, and suburban landscapes of the area roughly bounded by New York City to the south and Boston to the north. His three novels, Garden State, The Ice Storm, and Purple America, and his short story collection, The Ring of Brightest Angels around Heaven, all published at a prolific pace within five years, create not only a distinct literary geography but also a fascinating temporal picture.


Wes and Eugene's Cabinet of Wonders at the Iron Horse on Wednesday, March 25th at 7PM. Tickets Here.

2 comments:

Bumpershine said...

Hi,
Nice looking blog. I'm sure Eugene appreciates the plug, but please don't hotlink to images from my blog. If you look at your post, you will see that the cover of Eugene's book is not showing up on your page. Please download the image to your site and link to it locally.

DougMA said...

My god - this show looks fantastic! I'll be there for sure.