The book, like the [titular] essay, had the contours of a confession but it was really an elegy. It was a lament for all those fantasies that had the audacity to fade into tedious, heartbreaking realities. It was about being broke in all the different ways there are to be broke — and also the unexpected paths we sometimes take while trying to repair the damage.
From Meghan Daum’s new Introduction to the first ebook edition of My Misspent Youth,
available now exclusively at Emily Books. (via emilybooks