A (Brief) History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization by Robert Evans
Given that I’m the most vicious person I know and also super into history, I was excited for this audiobook from Cracked alum Robert Evans.
I’ve become a huge fan of Robert Evan’s work on his delightful, darkly humorous podcast, “Behind the Bastards.” In this book, he looks at the history of human vices: the obvious fun ones like drugs, alcohol, and prostitution, as well as interesting ones such as narcissism, coffee, and the mythic Slovenian “Salamander Brandy.” There’s a great sense of humor and a clear artistic voice in Evan’s work. It’s a fantastic work of pop history that seems meticulously researched - researched in the academic as well as first-person perspective: Evans tries a lot of these historical practices/substances (so far as they were legal), and provides recipes and instructions (so far as they are legal). The result is very fun, and you gain a great perspective on a singular human truth - as long as there has been human consciousness, humans have been trying to alter that consciousness. The problem is not with vices but rather how society processes them, and if it is able to provide appropriate safeguards and rituals to keep protect practitioners.
Fun listen, reminded me of “Get Well Soon”, another humorous pop history book. Check it out, along with Behind the Bastards. Get Robert Evans a Doritos sponsorship already!
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