The Chairs Are Where the People Go
How to Live, Work, and Play in the City
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
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Should neighborhoods change? Is wearing a suit a good way to quit smoking? Why do people think that if you do one thing, you're against something else? Is monogamy a trick? Why isn't making the city more fun for you and your friends a super-noble political goal? Why does a computer last only three years? How often should you see your parents? How should we behave at parties? Is marriage getting easier? What can spam tell us about the world?
Misha Glouberman's friend and collaborator, Sheila Heti, wanted her next book to be a compilation of everything Misha knew. Together, they made a list of subjects. As Misha talked, Sheila typed. He talked about games, relationships, cities, negotiation, improvisation, "Casablanca," conferences, and making friends. His subjects ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. But sometimes what had seemed trivial began to seem important--and what had seemed important began to seem less so.
"The Chairs Are Where the People Go "is refreshing, appealing, and kind of profound. It's a self-help book for people who don't feel they need help, and a how-to book that urges you to do things you don't really need to do.
Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, including "The Middle Stories" and "Ticknor"; and an essay collection written with Misha Glouberman, "The Chairs Are Where the People Go". Her writing has been translated into ten languages and her work has appeared in "The New York Times", "Bookforum", "McSweeney's", "n+1", "The Guardian", and other places. She works as interviews editor at "The Believer" magazine and lives in Toronto.