How did it take me so long to read this?! I loved Broad City! So no surprise, the book’s great. Favourite parts ahead!
“Aren’t we all secretly terrified that we’re not understood, not seen, not loved, not wanted?”
“Real mail leaves an impression because it’s an event - the surprise of receiving it, the examining of the envelope, and the reveal when you open it. It’s tactile and ritualistic.”
When she’s discussing cursive handwriting: “Not to put cursive in a category, but it was grandparent cursive. It’s different, it’s thoughtful, it’s beautiful.”
I absolutely loved the story about an old letter that was somehow delivered to her home from the 1940s, there’s a New York Post article about it, too.
She has the world’s greatest opening line if you’re trying to hit on someone: “I think you’re adorable. Let me know if you’d ever want to get a drink. No pressure!” and then walk away. SO. PERFECT. (I mean, she didn’t say that you should walk away, but I’m adding that in because I think it’s way smarter. You say what you need to say and then leave. If they’re interested, they’ll come to you and if they’re not: sweet, sweet, silent rejection. Win win.)
I equal parts hated and loved the whole paragraph where she talks about her trolls dolls because I collected them too and I also knew the difference between the newer generation of trolls and the older ones, so this part just felt like she was stealing my life?
“When people arrange stuffed animals in the back of their cars, is it for us, or them?”
“Memories fascinate me, how they gain or lose weight over time, always fluctuating, just like our bodies, becoming lighter or heavier the more they need attention.”
“There’s a quiet epidemic of women taking and absorbing the blame for other people’s mistakes, because of some inherent attribute deep inside us, constantly trying not to be difficult.”
Ah man, that last bullet point? This book is great. As I was browsing a book store the other day, I noticed a reprinting of this book that said there was an added chapter in the new version! What the hell! That’s allowed?! Anyway, I’ll remember to read that new chapter the next time I’m in a bookstore and I’ll add to this post if anything great jumps out to me and demands that I share it. God, I miss Broad City. (SIDENOTE: if you too miss Broad City - the show Tuca & Bertie on Netflix is so, so good and so, so similar in how great it is, just a tip.)
UPDATE: I went to a book store to read the new chapter added and it’s very sweet. Love that the new last line is, “I don’t regret it.”