Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws

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Overview

Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.
Here, Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive.
Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values), to the highly controversial. Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life.
Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate Bornstein is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583227206
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 05/15/2006
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 479,536
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

A celebrated pioneer for the LGBTIQ community, KATE BORNSTEIN is the author of My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely and Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and The Rest of Us, as well as the editor with S. Bear Bergman of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. Her plays and performance pieces include Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, and Too Tall Blondes In Love. She lives in New York City with her partner, Barbara Carrellas.

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Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
deliriumslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome awesome book that really could save a life. Carry one at all times and offer it to the shy kid who is being bullied at the back of the bus. If you were the bullied one, and you made it, read this and celebrate. If you were a bully, read it too, you need Kate's compassion. And if you have lost someone who couldn't take the bullying, read this and remember them with love. Can I give it six stars?
jemsw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Step one, don't kill yourself, step two, what? Well, according to Kate Bornstein, author of this book, there are a lot of possible step twos.She starts out her book with the simple, obvious stuff--call a suicide hotline, get on medication if it will help, talk to a friend, whatever. Then she gets into the more interesting options for what to do instead of killing yourself. Some of them didn't appeal, some of them appealed a lot. "Finish Your Homework" resonated a lot with me. I have at least a year to go before I have that PhD after my name, so that one should keep me ticking for twelve more months minimum. "Treat Yourself Like an Honored Guest" sounded very good as well. "Run Away and Hide" sounded almost too good. "Make a Deal with the Devil" and "Tell a Lie" didn't appeal, but maybe someday I'll "Make Art out of It" and write an amazing novel about all this. "Serve Somebody" reminds me that the community is out there waiting for me to be a part of it. And these are just a few of her amazing suggestions. Each option is rated on how easy, self-loving, and effective it is, so that you get an idea of how desperate you should be before you give it a crack.The whole book is written from a strongly queer-friendly, transgressive perspective, in case that wasn't already clear, so that really appealed to me, though it might not to some people, and while it's aimed to some extent at young people (they being the most likely to try and shuffle off the mortal coil), it's not oppressively youth-oriented. Most of it is just good, sound advice for anyone who needs some good ideas about how to keep on living for a little longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suicide is a heavy topic. This book aims to address mental health challenges in a light hearted accessible way. It also aims to challenge systems of inequality such as sexism amd racism and homophobia and how those affect a person's mental health experiences. Brilliant read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago