After his criticism of poor, lower, middle class White Americans in 2012's Coming Apart, Murray has returned with a new book of advice, written in almost a lighthearted and genuine self-helpy sort of way. It's almost like something All I Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten author Charles Fulghum would write, if Fulghum was much more close-minded and mean-spirited. Yes, irony is intended. So, anyway, Murray is offering "Advice for a Happy Life" in his book The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead. Among the tidbits that Murray advises:
- Consider marrying young
- Learn to recognize a soul mate
- Stop worrying about fame and fortune
- Take religion seriously
- Watch Bill Murray's Groundhog Day repeatedly
Josh Idelson writes for Salon.com about "Tramp stamps, racism, and icky pronouns; 8 new tips from … Charles Murray"
Arit John at the Wire.com asks, "Can Charles Murray do for lifestyle what he did for race relations?"
Jacob Osterhout of Newsweek.com lets us know that "Bell Curve author Charles Murray knows what's best for you"