Let’s face it: Getting dumped blows. It’s painful, miserable, and sometimes even boring, but every so often, it inspires some great pieces of art. In fact, reading through Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me, a collection of essays about being dumped by some of the funniest and bitterest men in the world, and edited by Ben Karlin (an eight time emmy-winning writer and executive producer who worked on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report among his many credits), one might actually think getting dumped is a good thing. From A.J. Jacob’s essay about getting over bad girls; to Andy Selsberg’s relationship troubles (best response to being told you’re loved as a person: “If you absolutely have to love me as something, love me as a [deleted]”); to Stephen Colbert’s essay, brilliantly edited by his wife; to Sam Lipsyte’s explanation of dumping, dumping may actually emerge as a rather genius-making phenomenon. So after setting out to write this book review, drying the tears of laughter from the corner of my eyes, hours later I found myself sobbing in the corner, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s clutched in my left hand, crying to myself, “please God, don’t make me end up like Ben Karlin.”
Michael Orbach is a freelance writer and the editor of 72nd Avenue, a Queens College publication.