You’re a Horrible Person, But I Like You
By Maria Popova
Over the past few years, hipster humor has had a field day across media — from cult TV shows like Arrested Development and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to quasi-indie comedies from the likes of Judd Apatow to blogs like Stuff White People Like, many of which have been so successful they’ve even gotten book deals.
This week, The Believer Magazine brings us You’re a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice — a compendium of never-to-be-actually-followed-yet-delightfully-amusing advice from 45 of the comedic masterminds behind many of these projects.
From how to swap one addiction for another to how to tell your conservative father you’re a lesbian, take it from the producers, writers, and actors of The Office, Arrested Development, Saturday Night Live, Flight of the Conchords, The Daily Show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and other hipster entertainment darlings — pop culture offers an unsuspected existential blueprint. Or, at the very least, some solid comedic relief.
You’re a Horrible Person, But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice features Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, David Cross, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and many other postmodern jesters we’ve come to love-hate. Grab a copy for a chance to cringe, chuckle and crack the code of the hipster lifestyle.
Published April 7, 2010