Life for Chris Black over the past twenty years has put him in close contact with many of these guys, as they regularly congregate in the creative industries: film, music, advertising, media, and fashion. He has worked in all of these businesses and his astute and witty observations could only come from one who needs to know what is current in pop culture to make a living, yet is routinely able to step back and rise above the noise to keenly survey the scene. We've all had cringe-worthy moments in our past, and many are experiencing them still every day, only to realize it down the road. The chances for such occurrences are greatly reduced with the advice in I Know You Think You Know it All. It's not too late.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Black reappropriates the "listicle" format to uproarious effect in this book of advice aimed at young urban professionals. Part personal manifesto, Black's manual is tinged with cheekiness as he addresses many aspects of contemporary life. His guidance includes the professional (#12: "Sending work emails late at night makes you seem like a crazy person"), the social (#297: "It's a group text, not a filibuster"), the mundane (#156: "There's no shame in going to the mall"), and the practical (#90: "If you call the cops on your own party, you have to look surprised when they show up"). With 414 pieces of advice in all, the compendium never loses steam as the author provides a mix of insights that are by turns bizarre (#204: "The Oscars is no place for a kilt") and astute (#347: "Outrage is the go-to emotion for amateur critics"). Though generally directed at male Millennials, readers of any ilk will find advice that hits close to home. Most importantly, Black advises, "Never take yourself too seriously." His book—a social etiquette guide disguised as a gag book (or vice versa)—is testament to that. (Apr.)