Happy Birthday, Melissa Broder, born 30 August
- I’ve always been self-reflective and able to verbalise my internal life. But in terms of actually feeling the feelings, I’m definitely no better. Writing for me is a healthy form of escapism, a way of synthesising all this stuff. And I think tweeting is a way of chemically altering myself by getting that hit of dopamine.
- The writing for me is the point, it’s a way of gaining control of a narrative. When I’ve been having panic attacks and I feel I’m never going to come out of this cycle, the writing is a way to make meaning. It’s funny – I feel more comfortable telling everyone everything in writing than I can sitting in front of my therapist.
- What I’ve come to realise is that just when I think everything is fine it comes back again, and just when I think I’m never going to come out of it I do.
Melissa Broder is an American poet and writer. Her work includes the novel The Pisces, the poetry collection Last Sext and essay collection So Sad Today, as well as a popular Twitter feed also titled So Sad Today, on which the book is based. Her poetry has appeared in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize.
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