Christopher T. Heist
Outskirts Press (2014)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (05/15)
“What I’ve Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit” by Christopher T. Heist, is 782 pages of rants and musings taken from the author’s perspective. Categorized by topics from numerical to alphabetical order, the reader would have to look hard to find a subject that he left untouched. In spite of the humorous approach to many of the topics, I feel that the author offered some valid points on topics that most people like to argue about, such as prostitution. He also presents some ideas that I found entertaining enough to bring up at the dinner table, such as pornography. Perhaps that isn’t the place to discuss his views, but the conversation definitely flowed!
Personally, I find it interesting to look at life through someone else’s eyes. While I might not agree with everything that one presents, I think it is good to be able to look at things from another person’s perspective, because it helps me get an idea of why some people think the way that they do. In the case of this book, I was able to do this, however, I found myself agreeing about most of what was discussed. I definitely found this book entertaining and it will give me future ideas of topics to discuss at otherwise dull dinner parties.
If you don’t have a lot of time to read, but would like to have something on hand for those moments when you do, I highly recommend getting this book. You can read one chapter at a time, and they don’t even have to be in order. I would not however, recommend “What I’ve Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit” by Christopher T. Heist to someone who is easily offended – unless it is your goal to offend!