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What to Expect When You're Expecting

What should you expect from Hollywood's latest ensemble adaptation of a self-help book? In short, a lot of beautiful starlets — Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, and Anna Kendrick among them — joking about farting, circumcision, unintention
Expect a lot of silliness
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  May 18, 2012

The perils of self improvement

With a new decade comes dubious planning for self-betterment and the optimistic promise of a fresh start. However, even the best of intentions have the potential to go awry, and seemingly innocuous continuing-education courses are no exception.
When learning goes too far, get back on track
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  January 22, 2010

Interview: Eugene Mirman

Much like the stand-up that has made him an alt-comedy mainstay, Eugene Mirman's first book, The Will to Whatevs (Harper Perennial), is a freewheeling mix of bemused ironies and trenchantly silly non-sequiturs.
Slow learner
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  February 17, 2009

Keep calm and carry on

City life — even when the city is as manageable as Portland — can be uniquely draining.
Becoming an Urban Soul Warrior
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 14, 2009

Review: Yes Man

Once the one-note joke's been established, everything else follows with plodding, mechanical predictability.
The correct answer is "No"
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 16, 2008

The Love Guru

Guru Pitka is a self-help mogul with origins in Mike Myers’s now tired vision of the groovy ’60s.
Derivative, crass, and boring
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  June 25, 2008

August 15, 2007

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  August 09, 2007

A precursor to the world of info at your fingertips

The Whole Earth Catalog , once cited by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as “Google in paperback form,” was a revolutionary predecessor of the Web search engine.
Action speaks!
By MIRIAM ALTMAN  |  October 18, 2006

June 22, 2006

Waning moon in Taurus and Gemini, sun moves into Cancer. VOC 8:44 to 10:49 pm. A yen for self-improvement animates Leo, Taurus, and Scorpio, but it’s Aquarius who should be wary in the salon chair (you may think you’re being specific, but others hear vag
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  June 21, 2006

Finding Waldo

In my experience, there is a moment in every relationship when a woman hands the man she is sleeping with a self-help book and says “Read it, or else.”
Bramhall Square
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  May 24, 2006

The perils of self-development

When learning goes too far, get back on track
When learning goes too far, get back on track
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  January 01, 1900