Sloth: The Seven Deadly Sins

Sloth The Seven Deadly Sins Here is a rollicking parody of the self help genre one that skewers the couch bound apathetic mentality so pervasive in America today With tongue in cheek Sloth guides readers step by step toward a

  • Title: Sloth: The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Author: Wendy Wasserstein
  • ISBN: 9780195312096
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here is a rollicking parody of the self help genre, one that skewers the couch bound, apathetic mentality so pervasive in America today With tongue in cheek, Sloth guides readers step by step toward a life of noncommittal inertia You have the right to be lazy, writes Wasserstein You can choose not to respond You can choose not to move Readers will find out the imHere is a rollicking parody of the self help genre, one that skewers the couch bound, apathetic mentality so pervasive in America today With tongue in cheek, Sloth guides readers step by step toward a life of noncommittal inertia You have the right to be lazy, writes Wasserstein You can choose not to respond You can choose not to move Readers will find out the importance of Lethargiosis the process of eliminating energy and drive, the vital first step in becoming a sloth To help you attain the perfect state of indolent bliss, the book offers a wealth of self help aids Readers will find the sloth songbook, sloth breakfast bars packed with sugar, additives, and a delicious touch of Ambien , sloth documentaries such as the author s 12 hour epic on Thomas Aquinas , and the sloth network, channel 823, programming guaranteed not to stimulate or challenge in any way It may be difficult to distinguish between this and other channels, but only on channel 823 can you watch me sleeping Readers will also learn the top ten lies about Sloth, the ten commandments of Sloth, the SLOTH mantra, even the too much ten over achievers such as Marie Curie, Shakespeare, and William the Conqueror You will discover how to become a sloth in your diet, exercise, work, and even love life true love leads to passion, she warns, and passion is the biggest enemy of sloth Wendy Wasserstein is one of America s great comic writers one who always has a serious point to her humor Here, as she pokes fun at the self help industry, she also satirizes the legion of Americans who are cultural and political sloths.

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    1. Writing about sloth in the context of a self-help book parody is a great concept! There are some genuine laughs here, and the book is oddly faithful to the genre it skewers. Oddly for such a small book, there's sections that just seem like dead weight, and some of the jokes -- especially those that reference more serious topics, like depression or terrorism -- just don't work and seem out of place.

    2. This series by Oxford University Press on "The Seven Deadly Sins" looked interesting, but "Sloth" did not fulfill any expectations.It was supposed to be funny, I know. I even could tell how and where it was supposed to be funny. But it seemed endlessly repetitive and whiney and pointless instead.Who wants to support capitalist greed or the result of self-centered striving? (well ok, I could name a few people, but) I agree, organized religion is mostly a sham. For most of us, dreams are justdream [...]

    3. Funny in many places and yet the funny I expected, perhaps needed, to find herein, I didn't. I wanted laugh out loud, extensive chuckling not choke, spit occasional bursts. Picky, picky as Pat Paulsen would say to that. This is a very well-done parody with plenty of sarcasm in it's basic fiber and so true that it hurts even when at its funniest. Still I think I wanted something more, something else, as well and I'm not sure what that was exactly. Thus I'm giving it the basic okay -- which for me [...]

    4. This gently funny book, in the style of a self-help manual, satirizes the advice and personal improvement messages we're immersed in. Written in the earnest voice of "a regular guy whose life was totally changed by sloth," Wasserstein lays out the Sloth Plan, which promotes "stationary sex" over active sex, reading People over the New York Times, and choosing Cheetos over a grilled fish dinner in a program designed to help the devotee empty her mind, save energy, opt out of competition, and "eli [...]

    5. This book was given to me by a very dear friend who recently ran away from home* to teach English in Honduras. I recently started carrying it with me in my “going out purse” (around the same time I started calling an item I own a “going out purse”), telling myself to not do anything Wasserstein wouldn’t do and chanting “What would Wendy do?” under my breath. I read this on the train to and from bars and cesspool clubs and crowded streets. She would have been proud — just the righ [...]

    6. I should have read the other reviews more closely before I picked this short book up. Unfortunately, this is a one note joke which is very amusing in the Introduction and goes down hill from there.Wasserstein delivered this as a talk at The New York Public Library. I am guessing that if I had heard the lecture at NYPL, I would have been rolling on the floor. Wasserstein writes plays and I suspect that her sense of timing is excellent. However, that does not necessarily translate to a book.Since [...]

    7. About 30% very funny, 30% ehhh funny, and 30% thuds. You can assign the remaining 10% to whatever category strikes your fancy, but I think that's a pretty accurate general distribution. The chief problem is that this is a book at all. Lebowitz or Markoe could have handled this in a tidy essay of no more than ten pages (Merrill) or ten sentences (Fran).Wendy Wasserstein was funny enough, but she lacked the consistency of the above two, to say nothing of the extremely underrated Jean Kerr. I recom [...]

    8. Written as a self-help book to "encourage" the embracing of sloth, the book is mildly funny and gets in its digs on modern society. I appreciate Wasserstein's awareness that our society's busyness can also be slothful. What this book is missing is a deeper historical awareness of sloth - its connections to depression and to a lack of love, very different from days spent in front of the TV. So a fine skim along the surface book, but missing real wisdom and engagement with the historical meaning o [...]

    9. เล่มนี้ต่างจากเล่ม 'อิจฉา' ตรงที่เขียนเป็นหนังสือฮาวทูยั่วล้อหนังสือฮาวทูทั้งหลาย (เล่มอิจฉาเขียนเป็นหนังสือ non-fic ธรรมดา ส่วนเล่มอื่นยังไม่เคยอ่าน) ชื่อว่า "ความเกียจคร้าน และวิ [...]

    10. Sloth is my favorite deadly sin, but alas, the best thing about this book was the illustration of the lazy hammock guy. Probably really funny to the kind of people who think New Yorker cartoons are laugh-out-loud funny. But thinking about the sloth bit from Saturday Night Live is actually funny, so I'll do that now: "Hire a dog to burn down a hospital! Eat cocaine off America's gravestone!" I love sloth and sloths.

    11. I finally got around to reading this.I read it lying down.I could write a book like this.But my book would be called, Imbelicity and You. Or, The Art of Stupidity Made Easy. Or, I Was a Teenage Idiot. Or, Don't Know Much About--What Was It? Or, You Too Can Be a Complete Nincompoop. And have the pages be blank inside.This is material for The Onion. Funny. Even if it got a little old.

    12. The oddest entry I've read so far in the Seven Deadlies series. She was a great writer, very funny and honest, and my hat's off to her for taking this wildly different approach to dissecting the subject matter. I think these were done as talks, too, and I'll bet this would have been a very funny talk. But as satire on the page, it wears thin quickly.

    13. I feel like I should have enjoyed this book more than I did and I suspect that reading a parody self-help book about sloth while being incredibly busy was probably bad timing on my part. May have to give it a re-read at a later date in time.

    14. I wanted to love this book as much as I loved Wendy & her other works. It was delightfully sneakily scathing but too drawn-out to have maximum impact. It would be great if abridged as an essay on our New Age slothness of appearing busy but really just being mindlessly active.

    15. Okay, so the premise had promise. That's all the book had going for it. Seriously, when I found the list in the back of the book with 'sloth ratings' for everyday activities more interesting than the textyou know something's wrong.

    16. Rule #1 of Sloth: Do not clean up. "Putting something away creates double work, because you'll only need to take it out again next time you need it. The more accessible everything is, the easier your life will be."

    17. I read this because I was on a Wendy Wasserstein kick but this really could have been overlooked. It's not bad but it really doesn't fit with the rest of her work.

    18. Had so much fun reading this book! I liked her sense of humour. Would recommend to read for some uptight people :)

    19. A great read, humorous and very actual. The author's approach invites us to be as careless with our work ethics as with our drive to be socially productive.

    20. This book is seriously overrated. I did not appreciate the satirical approach used by Wasserstein to tackle 'sloth' in this 7 Deadly Sins Series. I was utterly board halfway in.

    21. Hyperbolic; therefore funny, but "Sloth" does make some good points about society's obsession with the self-help movement, always going, going, going and doing, doing, doing - what, exactly?

    22. Hilarious! This is an excellent parody of self-help books -- the key to happiness is found by doing nothing. Don't strive for achievement, instead just give up, do nothing, it's easier.

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