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Author: George Watsky Narrator: George Watsky Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780735286344
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New York Times Bestseller

"Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition."
—Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical

Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right? 

In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy), yet all are delivered with the type of linguistic dexterity and self-awareness that has won Watsky devoted fans across the globe. Alternately ribald and emotionally resonant, How to Ruin Everything announces a versatile writer with a promising career ahead.


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  • “Whether you’re a fan of Watsky’s poetry or hip-hop or a total newcomer, you will find joy in the words contained herein…funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition.”

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of Hamilton: An American Musical

  • “Watsky is a skillful lyricist who has successfully transferred his wit, humor, and humility into a smartly written collection of essays. How to Ruin Everything shows off his versatility as a writer and proves that the nerdy guys can also be part of the cool crowd.”

    Russell Simmons

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About the Author

George Watsky is a writer and musician from San Francisco, California. After getting his start as a teenager in competitive poetry slam, he has since branched out into hip hop and long-form writing. Watsky has performed on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, the Ellen Show, the NAACP Image Awards, and his online videos have received hundreds of millions of YouTube hits. He graduated from Emerson College with a degree in acting and dramatic writing.