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Special topics in being a human : a queer and tender guide to things I've learned the hard way about caring for people, including myself  Cover Image Book Book

Special topics in being a human : a queer and tender guide to things I've learned the hard way about caring for people, including myself / S. Bear Bergman ; illustrated by Saul Freedman-Lawson.

Bergman, S. Bear, 1974- (author.). Freedman-Lawson, Saul, (illustrator.).


"S. Bear Bergman's illustrated guide to practical advice for the modern age, filtered through a queer lens. As an author, educator, and public speaker, S. Bear Bergman has documented his experience as, among other things, a trans parent, with wit and aplomb. He also writes the advice column "Asking Bear," in which he answers crucial questions about how best to make our collective way through the world. Featuring disarming illustrations by Saul Freedman-Lawson, Special Topics in Being a Human elaborates on "Asking Bear"'s premise: a gentle, witty, and insightful book of practical advice for the modern age. It offers Dad advice and Jewish bubbe wisdom, all filtered through a queer lens, to help you navigate some of the complexities of life - from how to make big decisions or make a good apology, to how to get someone's new name and pronouns right as quickly as possible, to how to gracefully navigate a breakup. With warmth and candor, Special Topics in Being a Human calls out social inequities and injustices in traditional advice-giving, validates your feelings, asks a lot of questions, and tries to help you be your best possible self with kindness, compassion, and humour."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 1551528541
  • ISBN: 9781551528540
  • Physical Description: 271 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2021]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
1. How to make big decisions in a way that matches your values -- 2. How to tell people things they very probably won't be happy to hear, at least at first -- 3. How to keep firmly and everlastingly in mind that doing nothing isn't neutral -- 4. How to give the kind of help that helping's all about (and not the kind we all can do without) -- 5. How to avoid getting your upset all over other people when you feel out of control -- 6. How to love someone with your words, actions, and priorities (in addition to your feelings, which I'm sure are very nice) -- 7. How to apologize (properly, not like a Republican Congressman) -- 8. How to have a disagreement, or even an argument, without having a fight -- 9. How to be reasonably graceful when a relationship has ended, even if you feel wretched -- 10. How to take criticism (and how to tell what's criticism and what's just a pointless insult) -- 11. How to take a compliment sometimes (no one is reading your diary; we all struggle with this) -- 12. How to get someone's new name and/or pronouns right, every time, sooner than you think -- 13. How to increase a sense of safety for women and other people with marginalized genders whom you encounter in daily life -- 14. How to be bad at things but do them anyway -- 15. How to be a useful ally or co-resister to actual people whom you support -- 16. How to keep going when you just want more than anything to stop, for G-d's sake -- 17. How to be yourself.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Issued also in electronic format.
Subject: Interpersonal relations > Comic books, strips, etc.
Conduct of life > Comic books, strips, etc.
Kindness > Comic books, strips, etc.
Caring > Comic books, strips, etc.
Self-actualization (Psychology) > Comic books, strips, etc.
Life skills > Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre: Nonfiction comics.
Graphic novels.
Comics (Graphic works)
Self-help publications.

Available copies

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Upper Skagit Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Upper Skagit Library.


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