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Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

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Producer, editor, and writer behind the highly addictive, informative, and popular YouTube channel The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak presents an unconventional and whip-smart essay collection about topics as varied as Superman, politics, and public benches. As YouTube’s The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak plays the polymath, posing questions and providing answers across a wide range o Producer, editor, and writer behind the highly addictive, informative, and popular YouTube channel The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak presents an unconventional and whip-smart essay collection about topics as varied as Superman, politics, and public benches. As YouTube’s The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak plays the polymath, posing questions and providing answers across a wide range of fields—from the power of a split diopter shot in Toy Story 4 to the political dangers of schadenfreude. Now, he brings that same insatiable curiosity and striking wit to this engaging and unputdownable essay collection. Perfect for fans of Trick Mirror and the writing of John Hodgman and Chuck Klosterman, Escape into Meaning is a compendium of fascinating insights into obsession. Whether you’re interested in the philosophy of Jerry Seinfeld or how Clark Kent is the real hero, there’s something for everyone in this effervescent collection.


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Producer, editor, and writer behind the highly addictive, informative, and popular YouTube channel The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak presents an unconventional and whip-smart essay collection about topics as varied as Superman, politics, and public benches. As YouTube’s The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak plays the polymath, posing questions and providing answers across a wide range o Producer, editor, and writer behind the highly addictive, informative, and popular YouTube channel The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak presents an unconventional and whip-smart essay collection about topics as varied as Superman, politics, and public benches. As YouTube’s The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak plays the polymath, posing questions and providing answers across a wide range of fields—from the power of a split diopter shot in Toy Story 4 to the political dangers of schadenfreude. Now, he brings that same insatiable curiosity and striking wit to this engaging and unputdownable essay collection. Perfect for fans of Trick Mirror and the writing of John Hodgman and Chuck Klosterman, Escape into Meaning is a compendium of fascinating insights into obsession. Whether you’re interested in the philosophy of Jerry Seinfeld or how Clark Kent is the real hero, there’s something for everyone in this effervescent collection.

40 review for Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aisling

    Honestly this is a book where the title and subtitle really promise what they deliver. This is a book on 11 separate (but really interconnected) essays which you can pick up and read and muse about for a while and feel like you've had a nice chat with a clever, interesting fellow. The chapters are full of intelligent references to Emerson, Camus, Woolf, John Stuart Mill, Erik Erikson, Yeats (my favorite) and so many more. And then also Superman, Batman, Pulp Fiction, and the dreadful Cats movie. T Honestly this is a book where the title and subtitle really promise what they deliver. This is a book on 11 separate (but really interconnected) essays which you can pick up and read and muse about for a while and feel like you've had a nice chat with a clever, interesting fellow. The chapters are full of intelligent references to Emerson, Camus, Woolf, John Stuart Mill, Erik Erikson, Yeats (my favorite) and so many more. And then also Superman, Batman, Pulp Fiction, and the dreadful Cats movie. The first chapter is arguably important because it explains the why of the book but at first it reads a bit like a college essay on Emerson. Stick with the book, I promise it improves and you do need that background and to understand the author's enthusiasm for Emerson to approach the remaining chapters. All in all a bit of a slow start but then I really enjoyed picking up this book and reading a chapter-- even when it was about something I have zero interest in (Superman)-- because the author is passionate about his subject and he writes well. Even about the struggle of writing. Aside from the writing on Yeats (and this book is worth reading just for that, really) I found the essay on public benches/public spaces incredibly interesting and I could never have dreamed I would be interested in urban planning.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Clancy

    I’ve never read a book of essays before this, and now I may never want to again. It doesn’t appeal to me. No story, no biography, no meaningful historical content, no depth. Nothing but a lot of rambling on. I guess I am not into commentary. Got as far as‘The Lord of the Rings’ section and had enough. Had to DNF it. Received it as a Goodreads Advance Reader Edition which I do appreciate, but it was a dud for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Reviewed for Booklist.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Walker

  5. 4 out of 5

    Montgomery Jones

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    Michael Onwe

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    Christina Stockard

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    Alana

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    Bram

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    Alan Castillo

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    Ben

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    Koray Atlay

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    Zach Feinberg

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    Eduardo Reis

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    Barış

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    Joel

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    Kenny

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    Abby True

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    Jaclyn Brett Lewis

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    Serena

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    Thomas Cato

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    Michał Dzięcielski

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    Moira

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    Rohan Parikh

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    Katelyn

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    Yannis

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    Bogdan Vilimonović

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    Kendra

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    Georges Nahas

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    Maciek Klimowicz

  34. 5 out of 5

    Elmer van Hooijdonk

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    Sam Rees

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    Giovanni Casanova

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    Deepankar Dangwal

  38. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Haar

  39. 5 out of 5

    Saurav Shukla

  40. 4 out of 5

    Anders

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