Book review: Aisha Tyler’s ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds’ scores big


Comedian, Actress, Host, Xbox Spokesperson, Video Game Character and now published writer Aisha Tyler has easily been a personal idol of mine for a while — I admire her dedication, hard-work and integrity, along with the fact that between doing this mountain of work she still has time to kick back and get her game on — so imagine my delight when I received a copy of her new book, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation, at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Rarely do I go out of my way to read any kind of celebrity lore (biographies, autobiographies, fiction or otherwise) but I didn’t feel daunted by the book at all, as one might feel while recounting the hazy and possibly inaccurate steps of Bob Dylan’s self-penned Chronicles (not that I’m not a huge fan, but, did you guys read that book? Could you read past page five?!). In fact, my admiration for Ms. Tyler grew even more upon finishing. I personally strive to achieve the confident and somewhat brazen way she carries herself, seemingly unafraid of anything because, as this book tells, she’s been through a bunch of it already.

Tyler’s nerdy upbringing is first forged in science, then fandom that seems to weave its way in and out of the book seamlessly. Burnt fries, ugly sweaters, and embarrassing crush stories that span from the 70s until today show a relatable person who is seemingly prone to screwing up, but is able to climb back out of her pit time and time again.

The book seems to appeal and even sympathize with people from all walks of life: Tyler often laments the faults and praises the awareness of children in a way that only parents can understand, but creates an atmosphere with her writing that can make a reader feel as though they’re sharing a beer while listening to her recount instances throughout her life. While her experiences are certainly as different as the next person, there’s a familiarity in the storytelling that all of us have experienced during nearly any royal screw-up throughout life.

I feel that the most inspiring aspect of the book is that it was written, and its existence shows that even though you can and absolutely will have a horrible moment where you’ve pissed your pants at the absolutely wrong time, you can always recover and publish a book about it.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a great laugh, a confidence boost, or at least reassurance that a pretty actress has also gone through some of the most embarrassing moments known to humanity.

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Raised by Super Mario himself, Catrina Dennis has been buried in nerd culture since childhood. From comics to gaming to classic action flicks, her fandom knows no bounds. In her spare time, Catrina can be found either huddled up in front of her consoles, reading a book, or jamming with her bandmates somewhere within the vast uncharted hills of Southern California.

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