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Dear Old Love: Anonymous Notes to Former Crushes, Sweethearts, Husbands, Wives and Ones That Got Awayby Andy Selsberg
Old boyfriends and girlfriends, ex-spouses, one night stands, former crushes... we all have them and we all have something to say to them. The toxic fusion of bittersweet memories, unforgettable heartache, and saccharine nostalgia that have plagued all of us at some point in our lives have been collected by anonymous writers willing to pen their melancholy away. So many of the stories in Dear Old Love made me feel angry at exes who I don't even know, as well as happiness at others for leaving a partner behind. One contributor managed to hit my old relationship on the head: "Our relationship was like a jam band. It went on far too long and only made sense on drugs. Fun at the time, though." This is a rollicking look at how people can affect others for their entire lives, and it will also force you to take your own sentimental journey.
Synopses & Reviews
Call it wisdom of the heart. Or the broken heart.
A knowing, funny gift for everyone who's ever been in love and then out of love: the newly single, the lonely-hearted, and even the happily re-paired. Dear Old Love is a collection of anonymous love notes to the ones who got away-or were left behind. They're the notes that ex-lovers have written to set the record straight. Or crooked. They're concise, witty, melancholy, revealing, sweet, sentimental, outrageous, withering, indignant, sometimes all at the same time. And like a pitch-perfect little poem, each entry paints a complete picture with just a handful of apt words: A current snapshot of you erased 25 years of fantasizing about what could have been. Or: I don't care that you miss my dog. When you cheated on me, you cheated on him, too. Or: I say 'I love you' to people all the time now, to make that time I said it to you mean less.
And for anyone wanting help to write their own love note, the book ends with clever fill-ins: I wonder if we'd still be together if I had just admitted I was a ____, instead of saying you had a ____ so big it blocked out the _____. Try it on someone you loved.
"I love this book. It's inspired and funny and poignant. I plan to buy a copy for all my exes. And for all the women I've ever stared at wistfully across a room (sorry about that, by the way)." AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
Dear Old Love is a funny collection of anonymous notes to the ones who got away — or were left behind. Entries include gems such as "A current snapshot of you erased 25 years of fantasizing about what could have been".
About the Author
Andy Selsberg has written for The Onion, GQ, Oxford American, Salon.com, and other publications. He is also a adjunct lecturer of English at John Jay College, CUNY, and a former stand-up comedian. He lives in New York City and his website is www.dearoldlove.com.
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