Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays

Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays

by Megan Stielstra


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Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays by Megan Stielstra

In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay “Channel B” was recently featured in Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed, explores the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor.

The essays in Once I Was Cool tackle topics ranging from beating postpartum depression by stalking her neighbor, to a surprise run-in with an old lover while on ecstasy, to blowing her mortgage on a condo she bought because of Jane's Addiction. Or, said another way, they tackle life in all of its quotidian richness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940430027
Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 645,027
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm and the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series. She’s told stories for all sorts of theaters, festivals, and bars including The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Table of Contents

Stop Reading and Listen 9

Totally Not Ethical 24

Channel B 30

Under Your Feet They Go On Growing 37

Kick MS 46

It Seems Our Time Has Run Out, Dr. Jones 49

The Domino Effect 57

Wake the Goddamn World 64

The Right Kind of Water 76

The Walls Would Be Rubble 83

My Daughter Can Read Just Fine 90

Juggle What? 96

Who Wants the Shot 105

Felt Like Something 113

A Third of Your Life 122

Those Who Were There 130

How To Say the Right Thing When There's No Right Thing To Say 137

I Bop 142

82 Degrees 146

The OMG We Have To Write About This Look 154

Can I Buy You a Drink? 159

We Are Fine 162

Dragons So Huge 167

The Art of the Excuse 177

NICE 186

This is Scary and Here I Go 192

An Essay About Essays 194

Room of One's Own in the Middle of Everything 201

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