My Misspent Youth

By Meghan Daum

"Earlier this summer I was walking down West End Avenue in Manhattan and remembered, with a sadness that nearly knocked me off my feet, just why I came to New York seven years ago and just why I am now about to leave."  A number of us already have the opening of Meghan Daum's cult classic collection memorized. Now that it's available for the first time as an ebook, that number will surely grow.  Many writers have charted some of the same terrain that Daum covers in this wide-ranging book, which includes penetrating analyses of everything from grief to online dating to wall-to-wall carpet, but few have done it with such eloquence, freshness and signature black humor. She is also a pioneering chronicler of the perils and pleasures of life online. The title essay of this collection, about the ways Daum "misspent" both her time and her money during her years of living in New York, will resonate with anyone who knows she has made grievous mistakes and simultaneously realizes that she doesn't regret having made them.

Meghan Daum is also the author of a novel, The Quality of Life Report, a memoir, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House, and a forthcoming essay collection. She lives in Los Angeles, where she writes a weekly column for the L.A. Times.    

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My Misspent Youth
My Misspent Youth