No eBook available Amazon. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshitphilosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary.
The truly optimistic among us believe that there is no such thing as an asshole. That is to say, the guy who cut you off in traffic or butted in front of you at Starbucks is probably possessed by some temporary affliction lateness, cluelessness, hangover that recedes as quickly as it came. In other words, he was acting like an asshole, and that same guy might well hold the door open for you or even save your life 10 minutes later.
Sesame Street is not just a nice place, it might just be the nicest place on earth. They grow progressively angrier until they explode messily, either in the form of weeping Sesame Street books are big on the waterworks or verbal explosions of rage. The story follows cute, furry, lovable, heartbreaking old Grover as he gets progressively angrier at Big Bird hogging all the attention and validation at his birthday party.
First there are those who are vile without even realising it — some people really are that wrapped up in their own worlds. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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A friend of mine who grew up in Los Angeles once declared that transplants to Gotham only truly become New Yorkers when they exchange the exhortation "motherfucker," which, to be sure, has a satisfying sting, for "cocksucker"—a designation more mellifluous, the ugliness behind its origin notwithstanding. This is not to suggest that the asshole is some sort of miscreant unique to the urban environment. There are assholes everywhere; the fact that cities are so densely packed simply provides us with more frequent opportunities for contact with them.
Jump to navigation. Please chip in to support rabble's election coverage. Canadian producer, director and cinematographer John Walker was asked by a female friend, "Do you have to be an asshole to become a great filmmaker, artist, architect, whatever?
I came into the book with high expectations, mainly based on the title. A whole book that explains and presumably lightheartedly pokes fun at assholes will be a nice holiday read as I sip on eggnog and enjoy a light buzz! To save you the bother, the book defines an asshole as somebody that allows themselves systematic special privileges out of an entrenched sense of entitlement, and then uses their sense of entitlement to rationalize their behavior in the face of valid complaints of others.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. According to James, he was, though inadvertently. It is this sense of entitlement that distinguishes twits from mere buffoons, idiots, jerks, douchebags, and monsters. James spends half the book expanding upon his definition of a twit and exploring the phenomenon from various perspectives.