How to be Interesting : An Instruction Manual, Paperback

How to be Interesting : An Instruction Manual Paperback

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In November 2011, writer and artist Jessica Hagy created an illustrated column for called "How to Be Interesting (in 10 Simple Steps)". "Go exploring. Share what you discover. Do something. Anything. Embrace you innate weirdness. Have a cause. Minimize the swagger. Give it a shot. Hop off the bandwagon. Grow a pair. Ignore the scolds." That single page of insight and advice went viral. And now "How to Be Interesting" is being expanded into a colourful illustrated book of inspiration.

Half Seth Godin, half Shel Silverstein and all Jessica Hagy, the book takes a fanciful, approachable, and personal route toward being interesting.

It's pithy. It's funny. It's thought-provoking.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, approx 120 hand-drawn infographics
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780761174707



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Jessica Hagy’s playfully engaging book “How to Be Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps)” is fun, stimulating, and rewarding as it encourages us to think about those we serve as much as we think about ourselves; being interesting, after all, means producing something of value to others rather than simply striving to make ourselves centers of attention. Step 2 of "How to Be Interesting," for example, speaks to the artist in each of us: "Share what you Discover. And be generous when you do. Not everybody went exploring with you. Let them live vicariously through your adventures." Those words help remind us that we engage in training-teaching-learning, writing, drawing, or any other creative endeavor that appeals to us because we have been lucky enough to have a vision that we correctly (or, in less lucky situations, incorrectly) assume will be of interest to others. While there’s nothing revolutionary in what Hagy is fostering--anyone involved in creative endeavors for a considerable period of time will be able to look at each of Hagy’s suggestions and cite other sources for similar ideas--the book does encourage us to remember that each of us brings our own unique set of experiences and dreams and visions to what we do. If we effectively share those with others as Hagy encourages us to do, we will have reached the goal implied by her title and encouraged by her suggestion that each of us work to "put your own spin on it."