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ISBN-13: 978-0982206720
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"[T]he first book I've ever read that truly represents the strangely compelling way people reveal themselves, in writing, on the Internet."—Jay Gabler, Twin Cities Daily Planet

"With her mixture of immediate honesty and everyman wit, Boyle has emerged as a cult voice of Millennials whom have come of age sharing confessional writing online."—Kelley Hoffman, Elle

"I was surprised to discover in Megan's book that she's slept with a few women [...] She has dark hair and is funny and does stuff with her life, so right away she skyrockets above most people who are wading around in the dating pool of life."—Kelly McClure, Vice

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Megan Boyle (b. 1985) lives in Baltimore. She has been published by Thought Catalog, 3:AM, Pop Serial, and other venues.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Muumuu House; 1st edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982206720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982206720
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It didn't give me the sort of angry disefranchisement over 'trying-too-hard' that I get when I read a lot of 'alt-lit' stuff. It's the only book in Muumuhouse's store labeled as prose, but it felt like poetry to me.

I think the most important quality of Megan Boyle's writing is that she's observant. Anyone can be in a room and transcribe their thoughts, then call that poetry, then call that 'alt-lit', then call that 'something worth reading', but there's a distinguishing quality in this book that I really enjoyed. It did feel sort of like the internet literally translated into a physical medium, but I sort of liked that. The only difference between the internet and books is the delivery mechanism. When you hold something in your hand, it feels more tangible, mostly because it is, literally.

Anyway. This book was good. I'd recommend it. I felt a vague sense of sadness upon completing it because I wanted to read more. I feel like it could go on forever, or at least until the author dies. It probably will, in some sense.
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So this is nominally what might be called part of the movement "The New Sincerity," if it's a movement; it's less of a movement, though, and more of a general disposition toward simplicity, candor, glumness/dark humor, and a preoccupation with smartphones/the internet.

That kind of stuff is not usually my kind of thing, but a friend recommended this and I absolutely loved it. Everything I mentioned above is rendered into a genre-blurring book between poetry and fiction narrated by the titular employee; it's short, extremely ruthless, extremely funny, and with a minimum of means manages to leave you with a big knot in your chest as the book begins to shut down.

And "shut down" is my only complaint: since it's "sort of" fiction, the book lacks any kind of resolved ending, though that's not really a problem if you look at it more as poetry than fiction. In any case, if you're a fan of older minimalists (this book especially reminded me of another favorite, Mary Robison's novel Why Did I Ever, which you should check out if you like Boyle, Tao Lin, Mira Gonzalez et al.), this is worth checking out, especially for the price.
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I don't really want to say that I'm obsessed with this book, but I think I'm obsessed with this book. First of all, I don't know s*** about poetry, but this didn't feel like poetry. The book is like a diary. Some of the entries are just random, stream of consciousness statements. Some of the entries are more focused like "everyone i've had sex with" (published on thought catalog first, if you want a taste).

All of her statements are (mostly) funny, confessional, true, insightful, and surprising. It's like a collection of unrelated things that sum up to what it's like to be a 20-something. Some of the "posts" are really thoughtful, and some are more boring, unimportant details and thoughts of her life. But they're all thrilling to hear, because it's like looking into the deepest recesses of someone's mind. Honestly almost every page was bookmarked because I liked something on it. What I like about Megan Boyle's writing is how open she is. Not just in that she will say things that people may not normally share (or know how to put into words), but that it's all simply stated and clear. Her voice is mesmerizing and hard not to love entirely. It's very relatable, but that also makes some parts of the experience reading this difficult. Though she is funny and genuine, some of the things she says are troubling. Like many 20-somethings, she is disaffected and lost to an extent. Overly curious, self-aware, and depressed. It's hard to see her like that and see her talk about it so bluntly, because it's hard to see some of those things in myself. But I'm glad she was the one who made me look. And she made me feel hopeful.

I read this in July and it took me a while to review it, because I wasn't really sure how to do it justice. While reading it, I kept forcing people to read pages of it that I liked. After reading it, I kept trying to force it on other people. This is me virtually trying to force it on to you, because I think it's worth the time.
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Megan magical spell casting blue mage style inner recesses of thought forms chosen randomly and shared freely Boyle is worth reading. She embraces life, trees, fungi and pie. Top level play at work with a wit and whimsy that will have you laughing out loud and showing your buddies her charming and open style. Good form. Hare Krishna.
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This book as a kind of unforced deconstruction of certain "first world lol" ideas and societal constructions about gender, body, media, consumerism etc. A neat (maybe challenging for some) read for those who want/need this type of prose/poetry/new-poetry/new or "alt" lit? I have found myself going from squeamish to deep personal understanding to laughing out loud all on the same few pages.
I am a follower of M Boyle's writing on the various web locations, and am eagerly waiting for her to produce another "artifact of hand & shelf"? I am looking forward to re-reading this book in forty years and quietly smiling at our 2k millennium newnesses.
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Breezy, straightforward expression of many thoughts. At times reminiscent of thoughts I sometimes have (which I guess is sort-of a relief), and at times not. That's to be expected, though; people aren't usually exactly the same as other people.

Often funny, which I think is the key to adopting the spare Gmail-draft writing style that seems so prevalent in certain interesting corners. It's nice to see that sort of writing given literary form, as it's (a) so often the vehicle for my/our?/someone's extra-literary communication with other humans; (b) weirdly conducive to the single-line-longevity and disconcerting inconsistency of many thoughts/lines of thought. In other words, it lends itself well to thinking weird thoughts about the weirdness of a previous thought, which is something (it seems) that other people do a lot too.

This book is pleasurable enough and more importantly it might be useful in certain ways. I will probably give it to lots of people.
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