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Tales of Woe

Tales of Woe True stories of totally undeserved suffering Spectacularly depressing Nobody gets their just deserts Crushing defeats No happy endings Abject misery Pointless endless grief No lessons of temperance o

  • Title: Tales of Woe
  • Author: JohnReed
  • ISBN: 9781576875407
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • True stories of totally undeserved suffering Spectacularly depressing Nobody gets their just deserts Crushing defeats No happy endings Abject misery Pointless, endless grief No lessons of temperance or moderation No saving grace No divine intervention No salvation Sin, suffering, redemption That s the movie, that s the front page news, that s the story of popuTrue stories of totally undeserved suffering Spectacularly depressing Nobody gets their just deserts Crushing defeats No happy endings Abject misery Pointless, endless grief No lessons of temperance or moderation No saving grace No divine intervention No salvation Sin, suffering, redemption That s the movie, that s the front page news, that s the story of popular culture of American culture A ray of hope A comeuppance An all for the best Makes it easier to deal with the world s misery to know that there s a reason behind it, that it ll always work out in the end, that people get what they deserve The fact sometimes people suffer for no reason No sin, no redemption just suffering, suffering, suffering Tales of Woe compiles today s most awful narratives of human wretchedness This is not Hollywood catharsis someone overcomes something and the viewer is uplifted , this is the katharsis of Ancient Greece you watch people suffer horribly, and then feel better about your own life Tales of Woe tells stories of murder, accident, depravity, cruelty, and senseless unhappiness and all true The Tales strange, unexpected, morbidly enticing Told straight with elegance, restraint, and simplicity The design a one of kind white text on black paper, fluidly readable, and coupled with fifty pages of full color art.

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    1. john reed wants you to have a shitty day. he must. cuz he collected all these stories about bad things that happened to (mostly) innocent people and called it a book. for you. to havegue art that murrrderrrrrs, girls trying to get an education sold into the sex trade, elephant attacks - all "true stories of totally undeserved suffering." this is a reminder that life will kick your ass if it wants to. it happens every day this dude: and this chick: and then i unfortunately took him up on the invi [...]


    2. There is an idea in the west that buddhism and monasteries are about finding a moment of complete silence. This is not true in the east monasteries are commonly loud, not all buddhists spend that much time meditating. But here in the west I commonly am told things like "My roommate won't stop watching tv while I meditate, and it is fucking up my practice". This is not the point of a practice. This means two things first this person is clinging to his practice, second this person is paying attent [...]


    3. I thought I'd plow through this book of 25 stories in the way that I plow through the Best American Short Stories or Essays of the year. Not so much. The misery, horror, and, well, woe portrayed in these true stories keeps me tiptoeing past some and peeking back at others as I rubberneck my way through the book. The writing, per usual for Reed, is excellent. And the content certainly gets across his (seeming) point, that even though we're inundated in the media with happy endings and softened ed [...]


    4. On one level, this is a really depressing book. True stories with no happy endings. All misery. Bad things happen to good people. It's just awful. Still, it's a cathartic experience. The author writes in a dispassionate, journalistic style that never tries to elicit sympathy for the characters, but still does. It's like a compendium of urban legends, if they weren't legends. Double Feature: read this then watch the film Grizzly Man, the story of which is discussed int he final story.


    5. Initially I was confused by the format of the book: Seemingly unrelated short stories back to back about horrible things that happened to people. But, reading on, I understood the title, and got the sense that one gets while peering to the side of the road to see how gruesome the car accident was--you can't help but continue reading. The narratives read well, are concise but thorough, and seem well-researched.


    6. There's nothing amazing about this book. Read it in an hour. Nice artwork.The theme? Bad shit happens. Really gross awful shit happens. I'm not being apathetic. Sort of. Pretty pointless. I think fans of rotten . com would have appreciated it.


    7. Its all the worst things you can possibly imagine, told as if you've never heard them before, fresh and absorbing, and readable, compulsively readable, as everything Reed does has been, and certainly will be.



    8. The kind of book we read I think out of morbid curiosity. This one you are easily able to dip in and out of, although I wouldn't recommend it for those with a weak stomach.These tales are of gruesome real events, written by John Reed, and coupled with lurid pictures, drawn in a pop art style by artists 8pussy, Elisabeth Alba, Stephane Blanquet, Delia Gable, Kiki Jones, Patrick McQuade, Ralph Niesp, Sarah Oleksyk, Alex Warble, Chadwick Whitehead, and Michele Witchipoo. You might even remember see [...]


    9. If it wasn't for LibraryThing's Early-Readers program, I'd never read this trash. It's a completely pointless and worthless book. Firstly, there's nothing enjoyable about it. And I'm not squeamish or one of those "you can't write something ugly or bad" or "everything needs a happy ending". This is just nothing more than grabbing horrific news stories and turning it into a book. And a poorly designed, badly written, with a few grammatical errors, bad unneeded disgusting artwork, and then calling [...]


    10. There are some truly shocking stories here, but many seemed to me pretty much what you would hear just by watching the news on a regular basis. But maybe I've become cynical.What made this book stand apart for me are the illustrations. They have been criticized as grotesque by some. They are actually, but I found that for this book it worked for me. When it comes to human depravity, as well as unfortunate accidents, life can strike us as meaningless and unfair at times. In a word: grotesque!One [...]


    11. John Reed is a collector of late capitalism’s neglected: he fills the void of the investigative reporter, who is quickly being exterminated by the likes of Good Morning America and The View; and 'Tales of Woe' is Reed’s memorial to those world-neglected who’ve become invisible in the downward spiral of corporate hegemony to corporate tyranny.


    12. Tales of Woe is an amazing and wrenching journey. I couldn’t put it down. Believe me that I wanted to. But as horrific as the tales were, they were as vivid and indelible as the accompanying illustrations. I was unable to sleep until I finished this short masterpiece. But now I may not be able to sleep again.


    13. Poorly written. If you're going to use names can you make sure your editor at least makes sure they're consistent? In one paragraph John Reed referred to Mr. Valencio as Mr. Valencia, switched back to Valencio, and then incorrectly wrote Vaalencia. Either John Reed is just plain awful or he trusted the wrong editor. Either way I hated this book.


    14. My wife read and reviewed this book. Here is her review:blogcritics/books/article/I interviewed the author. When the interview is published, I'll post the link.


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