I was a big fan of Mark Manson back in the day. I enjoyed reading his advice on picking up women and self-improvement.
That was years ago though. Well before he even released his book Models, which I’ve never actually read.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson is hugely popular. It even made it to the bestsellers list, not because it is a book that belongs in the canon of Western writing, but because it appeals to millennials.
I’m glad to see Mark make it to the top of the bestsellers lists. It’s always nice to see guys from this corner of the internet make it big. However, I’m not too pleased about what he sacrificed to get there. Here’s why:
Excessive Foul Language
They say don’t judge a book by its cover. Bullshit. The title of this book tells me everything I need to know.
Using “Fuck” on the book’s title is great branding. It’s so “edgy”. Not only does it attract the eyes of degenerate millennials, but they’ll love showing it off to their friends. So edgy bro.
Of course, the F-Bomb is not just in the book title. It’s found excessively throughout the book to the point where its cringe-worthy. Cursing can be tasteful, but the book is a lesson on how not to be tasteful in using foul language.
A Ripoff of the Classics
The problem with most modern self-improvement books is that they’re just recycling ideas of classic texts.
Hmmm…not giving a fuck. Where have I heard this before?
A ha! Stoicism!
(Oh, by the way, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is the Masculine Book Club’s Book of the Month. Sign-up here.)
Yes, ignoring the bullshit in the world around us. Focusing on what is important and right in front of us. It’s an ancient idea, Mark just spun it to fit the millennial mindset.
This is Why the Publishing Industry Sucks…
Mark is a cool guy, despite my hating on him. He used to post on a certain forum I frequent everyday. I know we see eye-to-eye on a lot of subjects, but it is clear that he sacrificed integrity for a huge payday. And hell, I can’t blame him. This book is doing damn well.
There were a lot of great anecdotes in this book and they were fleshed out well. Yet, they were overpowered by the banal and sophomoric tone that appeals to the masses. This book could have been better–not sold better, but better as in quality of writing. He chose sales.
Sadly, the publishing industry discourages that. Moreover, they’ll slap down anything that is truly edgy and goes against the mainstream, otherwise the book won’t sell.
Oh well. There’s plenty of other self-improvement books out there. There’s a lot of great content out there by Mark too, just not this book.