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Author Nick Riggle explores what it means to be awesome

Author Nick Riggle explores what it means to be awesome

Nick Riggle is a 36-year-old former  X Games inline skater who now teaches philosophy at the University of San Diego. His new book - On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck - feels like it has a foot in both worlds.

He explores the emergence of "cool" in the 1930s, the cultural transformations of the 1960s, and the history of the High Five as he argues that awesome people are those who create the "social openings" that foster connection and community in our increasingly individualistic culture.

Those who suck? They're the ones who close the door on social openings. The book is part how-to, part ethics deep-dive, and wholly...

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