Review: Two very different books reflect on how to lead a better life

By Mark Thomas
March 25 2022 - 1:00pm
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in The Good Place, written by Michael Schur. Picture: Netflix
  • How To Be Perfect, by Michael Schur. Quercus. $32.99.
  • Mortals, by Rachel and Russ Menzies. Allen & Unwin. $34.99.

Authors who simplify and popularise complicated problems run the risk of sliding down a slippery slope. Their writing might slip from factual to facetious to frivolous to facile. These three writers know how and where to stop. Not hitting the brakes could lead to what the French wryly call "vulgarisation".