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  • Title: Humiliation
  • Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
  • ISBN: 9780312429225
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback

✓ Humiliation ✓ Wayne Koestenbaum - Humiliation, Humiliation Wayne Koestenbaum considers the meaning of humiliation in this eloquent work of cultural critique and personal reflection The lives of people both famous and obscure are filled with scarlet letter mom

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  1. Lance Cleland Editorial Assistant, Tin House Magazine Maybe the subject matter just found me at the right moment, but Wayne Koestenbaum s Humiliation stayed with me longer than any other nonfiction piece this year Hardly a page went by without me taking pause to write something down in my notebook Intimate without being self serving, Koestenbaum has taken on a subject that is increasingly part of our cultural narrative and attacked it from both personal and historical vantage points, resulting i [...]

  2. this was just awful i d give it negative stars if i couldom a chat excerpt with a friend while i was about 20% into the book i find it hilarious that this is what i m reading immediately after postman s amusing ourselves to death this is written as individual paragraphs as their own fugues as he refers to them, without context or relation to the others, other than by the most tenuous of threads, and he keeps using obscure words unnecessarily ex pilloried, traduced, sangfroid granted, towards the [...]

  3. this is an awful lot of fun for a book about things that aren t fun in the slightest kind of a cross between roland barthes and john waters, veering back and forth from literature philosophy to anecdotes about peeing your pants in elementary school as you might imagine, some parts work better than others i m not sure a white guy needed to coin the phrase jim crow gaze, for example , but there s something really approachable and forthcoming about it that evens out the rough edges.

  4. A fascinating, intellectually playful, fearlessly self incriminating meditation Full of brilliant little asides and seductive meandering And perhaps one of the best endings I ve ever read I ll hypothesize that, in general, identity germinates from humiliation s soil.Humiliation isn t merely the basement of a personality, or the scum pile on the stairway down Humiliation is the earlier event that paves the way for self to know it exists Wayne Koestenbaum

  5. Koestenbaum s Humiliation is a reflection on shame and humiliation that takes the form of fragments dedicated to the daughter whose father kicked her ass at the airport on Easter Sunday pg 184 divided into fugues I call these excursions fugues not only because I want the rhetorical license offered by invoking counterpoint but because a fugue state is a mentally unbalanced condition of dissociated wandering away from one s own identity pg 4 Koestenbaum s inspiration for writing about humiliation [...]

  6. I was initially drawn to Koestenbaum s book because I m drawing on similar subject matter humiliation and writing style the sparse prose in vignette form recently in my own work The book quotes humiliated celebrities and politicians, meditating on humiliation via stardom, race, class, sex, and points to the possible land mines of humiliation present in every social interaction He says humiliation needs three parties a tyrant, a victim, and a witness someone to inflict the humiliation, someone to [...]

  7. I don t have many, but the few humiliations that I went through in my life I have totally erased them, except I do remember, but it s so deep into my consciousness, it s like a ghost thought On the other hand, Wayne Koestenbaum faces up to his humiliations as well as pointing out other artists and public figures who experienced the terribleness of being exposed to the most fearful humiliation possible I m a fan of Koestenbaum s writing, which is everywhere on the map of literature His shot Pengu [...]

  8. I think this style of writing is not for me The author believes he is doing deep reflection when it reads as just typing whatever comes to mind.After my reading other books of simple peasants in China being paraded through town on their way to public execution Or horrible tales of Iranian teenagers being raped, tortured by having their legs rotated 360 degrees and then killed, it s hard to feel for the examples he belabors.Most of his anecdotes seemed taken from transitory headlines an embarrass [...]

  9. A lengthy, snotty, loosely constructed read disorganized diatribe on the topic of humiliation I think the author was trying to go for an experimental style, but the net effect of the structure of this book read to me like the work of a clueless undergraduate too lazy to put together a coherent, meaningful discussion on this subject.

  10. Damn.Just.Um well, this just kicked me in the nuts over and over Beautifully written fugues on the subject of shame and humiliation personal and public and political It s a testament to this book that I became anxious and nauseated while reading it.

  11. Series of very short essays that s probably not a good description of the form, but it s the closest I can come about well, you can probably figure that out from the title.A bit dense and perhaps a little self indulgent in spots, but interesting, especially in the last 25 pages or so.

  12. Very stream of consciousness style broken up into Fugues, but the Fugues didn t seem to have cohesion within This seems like the kind of book that someone will dig with all their soul or simply will not like at all.

  13. Really gritty and frank, but simultaneously fascinating I m in awe of how honest this guy was able to be, and how well he managed to thread together so many different events, people, and ideas Even when things didn t initially seem to be connecting, they always were.

  14. I wanted to like this than I did I wish he d erred on the side of his stylized prose, rather than on pop cultural references Michael Jackson, American Idol, etc which will needlessly date what should ve been a timeless book.

  15. Insightful and nuanced investigation of humiliation in its numerous forms The structure of the book really becomes addictive to read Not for the faint of heart.

  16. So, this little book gave me a lot to think about, and a lot to say It is absolutely an adult book, as this monograph considers quite heavily all the aspects which fall under the umbrella of Humiliation, from racism and sexism to BDSM and abuse, while also utilizing adult language and situations several times Let me begin by saying, if I had stopped at page 80 I would have been glad I read this book as it is, the majority of the last 100 pages were an exercise in endurance That being said, it wa [...]

  17. Koestenbaum s personal humiliations are sprinkled throughout the book and then come in a self deprecating torrent at the end In the middle is much musing on humiliated people, mostly celebrities, some of whom I have heard of I read this at an odd moment considering that, unlike Michael Jackson, for example, the humiliated celebrities of the past month don t generally come off as credibly ashamed Could be a whole new essay from Koestenbaum about that, which I would be eager to read.

  18. I do not know how to give this book a number of starsI am sure that somewhere, there is an audience for it Certainly, it deeply affected me, although negatively, so does that make it worthy of recommendation For me, it was two stars, I would not have picked it up had I known the content However, for its target audience, it is probably 4 stars, since it is so complete an investigation of humiliation as to have served its purpose well.Reading this book has become an exercise in humiliation for me [...]

  19. I would feel humiliated writing such a book, but one could not write a book like this without humiliation Does this make the book good Is humiliation ever good We all humiliate ourselves and others, think back to moments in our lives where we felt intense shame Our society now relishes this, with sites like FML and reality television and fail videos on YouTube we want to see others disgraced, fallen, pathetic, embarrassed It makes us feel better The writer is brave to expose his most humiliating [...]

  20. i ve given this book several false starts over the last year and finally read it through this week it s a difficult read, not in how it s written, but in its content, which at least for brings up all sorts of dark passengers from the memory written in a series of short fugues, by the end it s hard to imagine the subject being approached any other way, and this segmental approach makes the writing both bearable and powerful some of the fugues are pure magic, written beautifully, and all of them a [...]

  21. After reading this book I began to see humiliation s prominence in culture in a way I had never even considered previous to this book.Koestenbaum s stylistic choices are weirdly reminiscent of how I wrote during undergrad when I wasn t writing for class idiosyncratically structured, associative, polemical for no reason It s definitely the defining characteristic of the book I m not sure if that is a good or bad thing It must be intentional, but often feels like it was simply the easiest way for [...]

  22. Koestenbaum s use of humiliation as a unifier of all those within the human condition all of us is a fine one and he s a beautiful writer of harsh lyricism It s not an easy read due to subject matter, of course, but also because the text cycles back on itself in a bit of redundancy near the midway point That said, it served as a harsh and necessary reminder of the ways in which we all deal humiliations throughout our day, whether we realize it or not Koestenbaum seems to argue this is a necessar [...]

  23. this book was frustrating lots of forced connections, a lot of grandstanding and a lot of unconvincing pop psych and pop phil assertions read a lot like ARE YOU MY MOTHER i wanted to like it, there s a lot to like about it, but the queasily ponderous writing style funny fact there s a website called tinypenishumiliation gee whiz was obstructive, as was the lack of real wisdom and omg so many assumptions about and projections onto unwitting bystandersl that said, the last fugue chapter is pretty [...]

  24. This is fun to read at night before sleep after a miserable, shameful day It s a collection of aphorisms exploring a theme, not a junior college thesis, so folks who approach it expecting it to read like a student essay are probly gonna be bummed To me, the format works well for what Koestenbaum s doing There are some really good bits scattered here there While aspects have dated quickly, it still feels timely overall, especially in light of how our lives are now almost fully filtered moderated [...]

  25. i love this book it s so smart and funny and he writes so well it s basically a meditation on humiliation in which he considers stuff including abu ghraib, his virtual relationships with porn models, michael jackson, liza minelli, antonin artaud, his own humiliating anecdotes it s sort of a perfect book actually he meanders into shame which he sees as a subcategory of humiliation he writes so beautifully, and uses language so precisely, is so funny, it s really hard not to love this booklooking [...]

  26. I adored this book Is it weird to adore a book called Humiliation Wayne Koestenbaum would have answered this question with fervor as he explores humiliation s myriad facets, incarnations, and impacts to thrilling, revelatory result Humiliation is worthy not because it is good, or enjoyable, or desirable humiliation may be execrable and unendurable, but it is also genuine And in a world that seems increasingly filled with fakeness is this an age old complaint against incursions of the New , humil [...]

  27. History hangs together in baffling clusters, like swollen grapes, but without beauty, and without the possibility of offering nourishmentWe have an obligation to keep asking questions about experiences that are not our own, experiences that are worse than our own will ever be or that is what we pray, we pray that our experience will never grow so catastrophic as to encompass the lowest points in recorded history.

  28. A tough subject I m intrigued by the author s fascination with humiliation He s a fine writer, but this is not an easy book to read Definitely not a book for anyone feeling down, as Koestenbaum gives example after example of the types of horrible humiliation we can and do suffer His empathy, however, for the victims of humiliation, i.e that would be all of us at one time or another, is touching.

  29. First chapters start out promising, insightful and challenging Later chapters devolve into self indulgent crap Oh, Koestenbaum, how you needed an editor who wasn t in love with every one of your sentences.

  30. Some of this is insightful and moving, other parts seem pretentious and forced A lot of it is uncomfortable, so I guess the point is made I did not expect this type of writing It s kind of a series of meditations.