MGM’s Drive-By Self Interview Book Review of “So Sad Today” by Melissa Broder
Q. How much did you love this book?
A. I loved it with the intensity of a thousand blazing suns.
Q. To whom would you recommend it?
A. Curious readers with a capacity for self examination, an appreciation for existential absurdity, willingness to experience things from a deeply personal perspective other than their own and any reader who loves poetic prose and damn good writing.
Q. What did you learn from reading “So Sad Today?”
A. How everyone we meet is fighting their own personal battles, inner demons and hidden insecurities, no matter how much it appears they may have their shit together. Also how little I know about Twitter and that I’m a really lame tweeter. I also learned some texting shorthand, although I had to Google some of it. I also realized that I am sexually repressed Catholic schoolboy.
Q. Would you compare Melissa Broder’s style as an essayist to any other authors whose work you enjoy reading?
A. I like David Sedaris and Jenny Lawson (“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”) for similar reasons. I think Melissa Broder is a brilliant humorist and a keen observer of human nature and commentator on social norms with a stunning command of the English language. She pulls no punches and writes with astonishing candor.
Q. You’ve been described as a gushing fanboy. How do you feel about that?
A. I am absolutely, without a doubt, 100% a gushing fanboy. I totally OWN that shit. As a middle-aged, mediocre monogamous white male, I might be a bit of an outlier from the rest of her fan base, but that’s never stopped me before from going out on a limb. A limb that may snap at any moment, and send me crashing to the cold, hard ground.
Q. Why are YOU so sad today?
A. Because I finished reading “So Sad Today.” NOW what the Hell am I supposed to do?
Q. How would you describe “So Sad Today”?
A. I am a raging adjective/adverb abuser in recovery, with a touch of OCD, but here are a few descriptors off the top of my head. I had listed one for each year of my life in alphabetical order in two columns, but WordPress doesn’t DO that kind of formatting, and now I’m REALLY so sad today! Damn it Jim! I’m a DOCTOR not a code writer!
acerbic addictive beautiful brilliant brutally honest candor compassionate compelling courageous creative dead on dead serious delightful erotic excavation excoriation existential exorcism experimental extraordinary fascinating funny genius happy heartbreaking hilarious hot humanistic humane humble humorous hungry imaginative in-your-face insightful inspiring instructive intense interesting off -beat off -kilter painful playful poetic poignant provocative redeeming resilient revealing sad seductive self-effacing sexy spiritual straight-up strong thought-provoking titillating trenchant truthful uncommon unflinching unique uplifting voyeuristic witty
Q. We’re just about out of time. Is there anything you’d like to say in closing?
A. Yeah. What are you doing just sitting there? Go out and get this book and read the Hell out of it. Then, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll go out and buy any and all of her four poetry books you can get your hands on because that’s EXACTLY what I’m going to do.
About the Author:
Melissa Broder is the author of four poetry collections: LAST SEXT (Tin House, 2016), and MEAT HEART, WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER. She is also the author of the essay collection, SO SAD TODAY (Grand Central, March 2016). Poems appear in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fence, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square Review, Redivider, Court Green, The Awl, Drunken Boat, et al. You can read the online ones HERE. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and her MFA from City College of New York. By day, she is Director of Media and Special Projects at NewHive. She lives in Venice, CA.
About the Drive-By Reviewer:
Michael Gillan Maxwell is a visual artist, author, and teacher. The Part Time Shaman Handbook: An Introduction For Beginners, a hybrid book of images and prose, was published by Unknown Press in 2015. Prone to random outbursts, Maxwell can be found ranting and raving on his website: michaelgillanmaxwell.com