Self-inflicted Wounds

Self-inflicted Wounds

Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

Streaming Audiobook - 2013
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self-inflicted wound (n): a spectacularly humiliating, and often hilarious, incident entirely of one's own making. see also: you did it to yourself. Have you ever made a decision you instantly regretted? Humiliated yourself in a room of your peers, or shamed yourself in front of your massive crush? Ever blown a job interview, frozen during a presentation, acted like a total idiot on a date? Ever said the wrong thing at the wrong time, unable to keep your tongue from flapping out the stupidest words you've ever said in your life, ever? If you are a human being, the answer, of course, is yes. Take heart. You're not alone. This is known as the Self-Inflicted Wound, and every one of us bears a scar. Or several. Here, Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, co-host of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally. Through it all, Aisha's triumphs haven't come in spite of the failures, but because of them. Because with every failure comes a lesson learned, a strength revealed, a fear overcome, or an adventure braved. Self-Inflicted Wounds isn't just about surviving failure. It's about embracing failure-pursuing it, even-on the winding path to success. And after you've failed a time or three, hopefully you'll have learned something. Or at the very least have a really killer story. Because to err is human, but to fail epically is hilarious.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062263322
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: streaming audio file (1 audio file (6hr., 46 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Tyler, Aisha
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Jun 24, 2018

Couldn’t finish this. Couldn’t finish the chapters I attempted to listen to...had to forward to the end of each chapter to get her summary “insights”.
How in the world did these vignettes get a book deal? These aren’t amusing, entertaining or inspiring. Who wants to read about happenings of a 5 yo? Being a comedian she is (should be) very familiar with editing a story so that it is concise, but here it seems she didn’t edit herself and takes the long, roundabout way to tell an uninteresting story.

It’s also too casual in conversation (she has a potty mouth), but unsure if this is only due to being an audio book.

She keeps referring to how big she is and how much she eats. I’ve just looked at a bunch of photos of her, and I guess only in Hollywood would a woman shaped like her think that she’s big.

Apr 28, 2014

In a year for that seemed dominated by funny white dudes — Rob Delaney, Marc Maron, Jim Gaffigan, Nick Offerman — Aisha Tyler’s 2013 book Self-Inflicted Wounds shines like a bright twinkly star. Tyler’s impressive TV resume includes Archer, Ghost Whisperer, CSI, 24, and Friends (yep, she played Ross’s paleontologist girlfriend), but it turns out she’s also a devastatingly brainy stand-up comic with a vocabulary that’ll make you weak in the knees. In Self-Inflicted Wounds she nerds out about her childhood sci-fi obsession, her teenage commitment to brown unitards, and why you’re not trying hard enough unless you’re failing. Hard. Bonus bookish points for references to The Left Hand of Darkness, The Silmarillion, A Song of Ice and Fire, and everything Ray Bradbury has ever written.


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