Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty

Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty

by Adam Gnade

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NEW THIRD EDITION WITH FANCY PRINTING! A continuation of the work started with his Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad, Adam Gnade's new pamphlet is a series of peptalks and how-to's on dealing with the overwhelming bullshit of modern life. From list-keeping as a survival skill to battling sleep anxiety, finding the wild heart inside you to kicking your life-long depression in half like a cheap ceramic statue, these tips, lists, and essays show a path toward a better, smarter, freer life.  





Jason Bradshaw, Good Reads mon 4/13 12:43pm

Feeling absolutely suffocated by life today and this is exactly what I needed. Not a guide as much as another call in the wilderness to remind me that a better life is possible if we're willing to fight for it.

sean gallagher 9/3/2014

simple steps to a life less shitty furthers what big sad was a great how-to/health/anti-depression/picker uper influence guide. and as it says on the back of simple steps: it is a series of peptalks, how-to's on dealing with the overwhelming bullshit of modern >this is exactly what simple steps AND big sad does! --it does this with big sad book and simple steps zine. my favorite thing id the use of making lists as to figure out what you want to do daily, in life and as a coping use to deal with life bullshits that's kicked into your face everyday.. within the pages of big sad are stories that complete the how-to part and tell of examples which you can learn from to deal with this/that 'bullshit' situation, but remember its a fictional story (but true to the author) so use it (the stories) as your own take of the situation tells about and if its happened to you as a field manual. and now, there's a digital companion to big sad and i don't know what the difference is against simple steps, but you can get it but it should be a great read... a personal note: i've big sad about 13 times and will read it again and forever for it's one I'm always going to use in my life to learn from, so should you too! ---i will say thanks Adam Gnade and Pioneers Press for making each available, and i hope you dear reader get all 3!!!

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”..the death of someone we love knocks us off our axis; whatever it is, we’re all casualties of war in a certain sense. We’re all up against things that taint the goodness in us.” I’ll save my preaching bit on Adam Gnade and Pioneers Press this time; however, this is Adam’s newest zine. I often wonder how acceptable it is to love the people you haven’t met, but I also don’t much care what’s acceptable. Fill your bookshelves with Pioneers Press goodness, I can’t count the times all of these reminders have made me feel more hopeful of humanity. Fight and claw and don’t lose hope. -Go fight win, as they say.

Rust Belt Jessie 8/26/2014

“5) “Publishing goals for the year.” These are the books, zines, or stories I want either written or in-print by the end of the year. Includes ideas on how to surprise everyone with each new thing you release and plans for making whatever you’re working on your “one great work.” I haven’t really pulled that off (not yet at least) but why not try to make each new thing you release better than the last? Why shouldn’t you shoot for the magnum opus every time? You’ll almost certainly fail but your work will be better for it. (“If the poet is caught up in things, the reader will be caught up too.” -Roberto Bolaño.) Nothing cleans out your mind better and makes you grow more than an honest-to-god all-guns-blazing struggle. I’ll take that any day over half-tries and mediocre but “respectable” results. The critics may like you but will you like yourself?”

Adam Gnade, from “List-Making as a Simple Step to a Life Less Shitty” (from Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty)

The whole of Adam’s new book/zine/pamphlet is brilliant - it made me cry, but in a good, cathartic way, not a big mothefuckin’ sad way. In it, Adam even echoed some things that I’ve been thinking and writing about lately, and I love that, when I find that other people think about the same stuff I do, but have their own unique way of saying it. I especially loved the list-making section, because I, too, am a huge fan of making lists. I wanted to highlight this part in particular - it’s about writing, but I think you could really apply it to visual art, music, anything creative that anyone does. And I wholeheartedly agree that everyone should give every piece their all, and try to make it their best. You might fall short, but at least you gave it a shot, and then you can do it all over again with the next one.

Dakota Floyd 8/26/2014

My buddy Adam (who you may know from his recent novel Caveworld or self-care zine The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad) has a new thing out, and he was nice enough to send me a copy of it.

Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty, by Adam Gnade

Sometimes life has a way of giving you what you need when you need it. But a lot of the time life gives you garbage when the last thing you have time or energy to do is dig through trash in search of the things you need to get by.

Today, life gave me a lot of garbage. I’ll spare you the details, but waking up before the sun with food poisoning isn’t the best way to begin a pretty important day. After groggily fulfilling all of my work and school responsibilities, I came home, made a cup of tea, and sulked. I found myself laying in bed feeling awful and not doing anything about it, not because I didn’t want to, oh I did, but because I didn’t have the energy.

When I finally managed to force myself out of bed hours later, I checked the mail and found this little gem. Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty is a continuation of Gnade’s self-care writing. Maybe you’ve read Ringside! or the Sad zine. If you liked those, Simple Steps will be right up your alley.

So yeah, Adam’s new zine came in the mail while I was having a bad day, but I didn’t read it immediately, even though I knew I probably should have. Instead I sat around, tried to find food I could hold down, and played on my phone. After that all made me feel worse, I picked up Simple Steps, began reading through it, and started to feel better pretty shortly afterwards.

Since Simple Steps is written in a similar format to Gnade’s other self-care works, predominantly in the form of short essays and quick lists, I’ve decided to make a list of my own.

From here on out, I vow the following.

Less phone, more books.
Less Facebook, more real faces.
Less junk, more veggies.
Less talking, more doing.
More dog parks, longer walks.
Create. Create. Create.
Sleep more, but wake up earlier.
Remember the past, but don’t look back.
Stop stressing about money. That’s how capitalism wins.
Even if you’ve never read anything else of Adam’s, you’ll have no problem picking up Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty. It’s an accessible, realistic, and actually useful tool in taking care of yourself. Heck, I was having a bad day, and it helped me feel better. What else could I have asked for from this zine? Another great one from Adam Gnade. Get into it. Available now from Pioneers Press.

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Get this book. Keep it with you. Read it when you don’t feel like moving forward. It will help, I promise. Better yet: get ten and give this book to everyone you want to see make it in this mean world.Get this book. Keep it with you. Read it when you don’t feel like moving forward. It will help, I promise. Better yet: get ten and give this book to everyone you want to see make it in this mean world.