You’re Making Me Hate You by Corey Taylor (2015)
You’re Making Me Hate You
by Corey Taylor
Da Capo Press, 2015
There is a saying, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” This quote kept running through my mind as I read Corey Taylor’s latest offering, You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception that Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. Taylor, best known as the frontman for Slipknot and Stone Sour, rants for more than 200 pages against people at airports, people in cars, people raising kids, and more, but really does not say much of anything at all. Near the end of the book, it is clear why there are so many curse-riddled declarations. Taylor writes about eating his own boogers, “I need[ed] the word count. It’s getting harder and harder to space these…books out to the appropriate length.”
While I can agree with much of what Taylor writes, the tone with which he shreds those who irk him is over-the-top and irksome itself. Henry Rollins already pulled off most of this bit years ago, and did so with much more precision and clarity. You’re Making Me Hate You was unfortunately a chore to read.