Slam poet, rapper, and now author George Watsky was brought to fame both by reciting his poetry on Def Jam Poetry, and by amassing millions of views on his YouTube video “Watsky Raps Fast” and now has one more item adding to his fame- his new book. How to Ruin Everything is a hilarious, heartwarming book of essays to add to your collection.
Watsky opens up about his past personal life, from rude roommates to that time he became an illegal ivory smuggler to his life with epilepsy, all of which are written with the kind of witty, honest voice only Watsky could possess. From one story to the next, he tells about a side of him that we the fans don’t really get to see- we see the man behind the microphone, and that man is funny and quirky in every way! We were lucky to be at his grand release at the Strand bookstore in NYC, where he did a reading of some of his essays from the book (he also narrated the audiobook version!). Watsky was welcomed with great fanfare, and delved quickly into “Good Catch!” The audience laughed and followed along with him for the entire night as he read more of the book’s essays and led a Q&A session after reading.
What the readers of this book love about it is that it is so very honest in its aim to demonstrate how one man, in his own way, overcomes his humiliations and hurdles in order to come out a better person, which is something we can all relate to. If you feel prone to mistakes and troubles, give How to Ruin Everything a read, and let it lighten your spirits.