Mini-Review: F*ck That: An Honest Meditation, Jason Headley (2016)

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Breath In. F*cks Out.

three out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Blogging for Books.)

— 3.5 stars —

In the vein of such classics as Go the Fuck to Sleep and You Have to Fucking Eat, F*ck That: An Honest Meditation is a humorous little picture book for adults – just, say, yogis or members of the self-help set vs. parents. Or, let’s be honest: anyone who’s ever spent time on the internet, because two minutes online will most certainly make you want to choke a motherfucker.

Headley juxtaposes profanity-laden meditations with lovely nature photography to create a beautiful and surprisingly soothing picture book.

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It’s cute and silly and good for a few giggles…and maybe also handy to keep on hand for those days when the world seems to be conspiring against you and you just can’t even with this shit anymore. I suspect it’d make a nice gag gift or stocking stuffer for both the cynics and New Age types in your life, which isn’t a demographic that overlaps very often, I don’t think.

That said, Headley’s meditations get a little flowery at times (e.g., “Free of calamity created by every last ranch hand at the fuckup farm.”). While I give him mucho points for creativity in cursing, I would’ve rather seen him stick with simpler, more familiar phrases; ones that more easily slip off the tongue. Ones that could become mantras, easily repeated in times of stress. Or maybe I’m just overthinking things?

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