), bravura performance by a writer whose comic chops, literary inventiveness, and crisp prose produce the smoothest of literary smoothies, something like a cocktail of Dorothy Parker, James Joyce, and Philip Roth iced, sweetened, and blended.” —The Nervous Breakdown “Especially if you power through it in one sitting—or one 'lounging'—this collection of rambling and loose-jointed vignettes perfectly encapsulates the feeling of being mired in the strange muck of the late '20s and early '30s, stuck between 'fake adult' and 'actual adult.' Interspersed with amusingly bizarre vintage advertisements for books like Crafting With Cannoli Box String, Smyles' book feels like leafing through an extraordinary personal diary, at times both blunt and lyrical.” —Elle, "8 Next-Level Beach Reads" “Whimsy, satire, and rollicking social commentary… Smyles is a misanthrope-of-the-people, a standout on the order of Fran Lebowitz.”—East Hampton Star “The title isn’t just a cuteness, this is a practical book for impractical people.
In this chronicle of one woman’s navigation through the creeping normalnesses of 21stcentury life, you will find helpful tips like ' Never date someone more or less miserable than you,' translations of party talk, and ideas for board games amid advertisements for home courses in snake handling, dream interpretation guides, and a novelization of Weekend at Bernie’s 2.
More often than not, it’s also an exercise in failure. It reminds me of a craps table in Vegas; when the table is hot and exciting, that's where people are gathering,” says Johnny Welsh, who tends bar at Greco's Pastaria in Frisco, Colorado, and is author of Weedgalized in Colorado: True Tales From the High Country. But if she is drinking Red Bull, don't bother,” says Yorsz. “As long as you’re cool, she will break away from the bunch when the time is right,” says Yorsz.10. Be polite to the bartender and friendly to anyone with whom you interact.Is there a magic formula you can use to pick up women?An elixir that would make your dream girl fall in love with you in an instant?I remember one time when I said hello to a woman I met in a club and then I immediately froze and didn’t know what to say.We then stood there awkwardly for the next few seconds until her friends finally took her away.And yet, there’s so much more than novelty at the heart of Dating Tips, which is ultimately a classical reckoning with modern love and a sure way to turn a disappointing day around or find solitary delight while fully clothed.” —Believer, "Our Favorite Books from 2016" “Structured in small episodes like Homer's Odyssey, which serves as an epigraph for the book, Smyles' adventuress calls to mind a Jane Bowles heroine who's read Ulysses while scrolling in despair through 10 open apps on her i Phone.