On Happiness is the result of a decade old argument between punk musician-filmmaker Kenny Png, and ivory tower scribe Jeremy Fernando, put together by Michelle Andrea Wan. It is a (anti) self-help book for the terminally morose, and possibly even vaudeville entertainment for the opiated masses.
Composed mainly of two sections, the book pits a play written thirteen years ago by Png against a scathing close reading of its claims by Fernando. A combination of theatre, poetry, prose, a dose of academia, and a few poster-worthy caricatures, On Happiness attempts to address one of the most fundamental questions of modern life: can we empower ourselves to be happy, or is it always already beyond our control?
Of course, readers have the freedom to draw their own conclusions; or do they?