The Chairs Are Where the People Go

This funny and surprisingly fascinating collection gathers artist Misha Glouberman's thoughts on just about everything. Dictated to his friend, author Sheila Heti, the project quickly grew from mundane musings on subjects like chair placement and computer obsolescence, to a broader discussion of modern, urban life. How to make friends. How to behave at a party. How often to call your parents. Broken up into 72 chapters, the advice is head-slappingly obvious and yet remarkably charming.

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