Once I Was Cool

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Once I Was Cool

Personal Essays

By Megan Stielstra

Curbside Splendor Publishing, Paperback, 9781940430027, 212pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

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.