Corey Taylor’s “You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left”, explores the stupidity in the world around us. Corey Taylor is extremely crass and blunt in his writing, with profanity peppered throughout the book. This book is certainly not for everyone, especially those who can’t stand vulgar language or are easily offended, as you’re likely to cringe at past mistakes in these pages. However, if you don’t mind the language, and are thick-skinned enough, you will definitely find it humorous while being surprisingly accurate, and looking a great deal at yourself, wondering if you’ve ever done something as dumb as that. He rants on a myriad of topics, from flying and driving to music and children, while making sure to humble himself, pointing out his own flaws in every single one of these aspects. One that even I myself am guilty of, is the overuse of cellphones which he mentions saying, “You’re all so glued to your phones, tablets, and computers that life isn’t even running away from you at this point; it’s strolling, taking its own sweet time because it knows damn well you’re not going to pull your nose out of your Facebook page long enough to realize it’s already gone.” Apart from his rants, Corey often shares hilarious stories from his own life, be it from his childhood or his experiences as a heavy metal singer in the band Slipknot and Stone Sour, while breaking the fourth wall and addressing the reader directly, making this book feel like you’re sitting down and having a pint with him, instead of listening to a monologue. His very first chapter ends with him saying:
“No offense, Earth, but…
I’m going to pretend that you are all f _ _ _ _ _ _ dumb.
Proceed with caution.”
This gives you and idea of what you’re really in for, should you still be willing to read this book.