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Pep Talks from Comedian Aisha Tyler


I DON’T KNOW if she set out to, but Aisha Tyler wrote herself a sweet little self-help book with Self-Inflicted Wounds. With renaissance fervor (she just happens to do and be good at everything—she’s an author, talk-show host, TV star, podcaster, and stand-up comedian), she’s written a series of essays that dig deep into her rich back catalog of humiliating blunders and miscalculations. While the slim collection is definitely humorous, beneath the tales of passing out at parties and setting her house on fire, Tyler gives a masterful pep talk that goes something like this: “Don’t think. Do. Even if it means you’re going to wet yourself.” And her verve is irresistible.


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