cover image Nein: A Manifesto

Nein: A Manifesto

Eric Jarosinski. Grove/Black Cat, $16 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2437-1

Twitter sensation @NeinQuarterly jumps into print with this witty and droll manifesto made up of short, pithy sayings. American Germanist Jarosinski models his thinking on that of philosopher Theodor W. Adorno but takes it one step farther: almost everything that can be negated is negated. "Nein is not no. Nein is not yes. Nein is nein," he explains. The slim manifesto is divided into digestible, tweet-length aphorisms (each on its own page) with a hashtag for a title. "#TechRevolution/ Turn on./ Log in./ Unsubscribe./ Log out." Jarosinski also includes a hilarious glossary of Nein-ish words and phrases. Performance art, for instance, is defined as "six doppelgangers in search of a selfie." Technology particularly draws his ire. He calls Instagram a "marketplace in which pictures of your cat are exchanged for a thousand unspoken words of derision." There are gems on nearly every page. The book might seem tongue-in-cheek, but Jarosinski's cynical aphorisms about philosophy, art, language, and literature hold plenty of truth. It is the perfect antidote to the relentless positivity of the stereotypical self-help manual. (Sept.)