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Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee

Posted on May 03, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

Poetry. Megan Boyle’s debut poetry collection is at once confessional, sociological, emotional, detached, funny, sad, delightful, reckless, and meditative. Written in the naturally meticulous and complicatedly affecting voice of a person too imaginative and self-aware to be fully consumed by depression and loneliness but too aware of the meaningless and ephemeral nature of existence (and too depressed and lonely) to write on any level but an existential, emotionally-driven, unsimplified one, Megan Boyle’s debut poetry collection conveys troubling and scary information about humans and the universe in a way that ultimately makes you excited to be alive, eager to be troubled and scared, and grateful simply to be here.

“This book is dark and electric with all the immediate, physical anxiety of being female and, beyond that, human. It’s a totally fascinating downward spiral through sex and television and pills and blogging and love and alcohol, strangers and friends and despair, all knit together with tender emotional realness.”
Michelle Tea, author of VALENCIA

“[A] remarkable debut […] both painstaking and unpolished, earnest and unassuming, plain, poetic, moving, self-conscious and, above all, real.”
Jennifer Shaffer, The Stanford Daily

“[A] type of honesty far more true and grim than Tina Fey-style witty self-deprecation.
Becky Lang, The Tangential

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2 to “Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee”

  1. Cole says:

    A relief, of sorts 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.

  2. Jordan Castro says:

    Review by Jordan Castro I like these poems a lot. They felt honest, emotional, and funny, and are mostly about Megan’s thoughts and experiences. To me it felt less like reading a poetry book and more like finding someone’s diary and reading it without his or her consent. I felt calm and less lonely after reading this book. One word I’d use to describe this book is “fun.” I enjoyed her accounts of drug use and sex and related with a lot of them. When I think about this book I often think about one of Megan’s ex-boyfriends from the piece “everyone i’ve had sex with” who she described to me as having “flappy skin” when she dated him, during an interview I did with her about the book last winter.I recommend this book for people who use drugs but don’t necessarily party and/or who feel alienated and/or who feel depressed and/or who feel “out of place,” to some degree, and/or fans of Tao Lin, Sam Pink, Brandon Scott Gorrell, and/or Noah Cicero.

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