The Will to Whatevs: The complexities of life unraveled for under $15.

Posted on February 26, 2009 by


Eugene Mirman's new book, "The Will To Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life"

By Alison Amorello

A liberal arts education provides students with knowledge on a vast range of topics such as classic literature and human biology. However, what many students don’t realize is that professors often choose to with hold the information that really matters, such as how to start your own religion and how to party but still become rich.

Eugene Mirman, a New York based comedian, writer, and actor, recognizes this dilemma and fortunately for mankind—he’s here to help. Mirman addresses all of societies most basic and obscure concerns in The Will to Whatevs, a self-help book for the modern world.

A Russian immigrant who “escaped the clutches of communism,” Mirman grew up in Lexington, MA. He went on to study at Hampshire College where he designed his own comedy major, lacking interest in practical subjects. Since then he has appeared in his own half hour special on Comedy Central, the Conan O’Brien show, as well as a reoccurring role on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.

The Will to Whatevs covers a variety of topics such as school, night life, love, business, and money. Mirman is thorough in his explanations—breaking down age old questions and providing simple answers.

For example, Mirman adresses the structure of a family with advice on how to keep healthy relationships. He also provides an answer to the ever present question—what exactly is a baby? He believes that babies are merely tiny people who don’t make any sense (and does not recommend his book to any of them, seeing as they can’t even read.)

Mirman was at Brookline Booksmith last night in Brighton (279 Harvard Ave.) hosting a free book reading.

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