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Author Archive: "Mathew Klickstein"

This Essay Is Nothing Special: A Fascinatingly Ordinary Portrait of the Author as a Hopelessly Average Young Man

"Irreverence implies a word or act that strips a person or thing of its dignity, but a subversive word or act that is irreverent on the surface may be an attempt to restore a dignity or autonomy that has been lost to those in the margins." – Mary Ruefle

What, are you kidding?

I was never supposed to have a book released under the auspices of a major publisher. Certainly not one chronicling such a significant cultural bellwether as the First Kids' Network, Nickelodeon.

Me? I was the loud-mouthed roustabout whose only true talent as a boy was the inexplicable ability to roundly piss off both teachers and classmates alike.

I never did anything special, except perhaps when it came to the terrible decisions I would make, particularly during social events.

I recall thinking it would be totally cool to wear my extra-large, black Ren and Stimpy shirt to a junior high school dance.

I was mistaken.

(As mistaken as I was about dousing myself with half a bottle of particularly pungent cologne.)

You're not supposed to do those kinds of things. Certainly not if you're trying to win the affections ...

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