I like this book. I like Gabby. I like Illuminati Girl Gang. I have read Gabby's chapbook 'AIRPLANE FOOD' as well as work she has published online. WhI like this book. I like Gabby. I like Illuminati Girl Gang. I have read Gabby's chapbook 'AIRPLANE FOOD' as well as work she has published online. While I have always been impressed/affected by her writing, reading 'ALONE WITH OTHER PEOPLE' it is incredibly evident that Gabby consistently improves/masters the art of writing and the alienation specific to human beings, particularly 'female' beings I felt like I could 'relate' to many of the "themes" in this book of poetry & short stories. These were my favorite quotes from AWOP:
from HOLLY GO LIGHTLY (short story):
"She had trouble thinking about the past. In the past she always seemed happier. She didn't understand how time could work like that. She didn't understand how time could twist her face into an ugly, wild thing."
from THE WOMAN AT THE END OF THE CUL-DE-SAC (poem):
"We do not earn salary for this emotional labor."
from TIPPING (short story):
"What is inside of you besides this human stuff of veins and bones and existential longing?"
"She knew this was happening, that crushing feeling inside her ribcage and between her lungs, but she also knew that it would stop happening and that other things would happen, eventually."
from THE UNIVERSE HAS TAUGHT US A GREAT THING (short story):
"Jane didn't know how to comprehend the universe. She imagined the universe as a giant sad thing that consistently felt alienated by itself because it was too large and too sad for anyone to possibly understand it."
"I'm an asshole starfish."
from JEANNE DIELMAN (short story):
"Okay, what do YOU fear the most?" "Feeling alone and alienated for my entire life.:
"I most closely resemble a cloud in the shape of a depressed human being."
"I want 'insignificant but noticeable' on my gravestone maybe."
"I feel like I invent horrible situations and emotions in my head so convincingly that I give up on everything before anything even happens."
from OVERSIZED T-SHIRTS (poem):
"There is probably a mathematical equation for figuring out the amount of time spent staring at empty hands in the average lifespan"
from INSIDE OF THIS POEM THERE IS A ROCK AND THEN THERE IS ME (poem):
"Right now, on my webcam, hundreds of strangers have fallen in love with me and they tell me this as I pull at my underwear and place them into a poem."
from CONGRATULATIONS, YOU OWN A LARGE ROUNDED STONE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (poem):
"Viewed from space, one cannot be certain whether I am an asshole or a good person or the entire Pacific Ocean. Panic."...more
Read this entire book in approximately 1/2 an hour while stoned & lying in fetal position. Felt an 'extreme' amount of 'empathy'/ ability to 'relaRead this entire book in approximately 1/2 an hour while stoned & lying in fetal position. Felt an 'extreme' amount of 'empathy'/ ability to 'relate' to the monotony, melancholy & 'magic' of Castro's day-to-day life. Really enjoyed that despite being written in a minimalistic style all of the poems were rather emotional (at least for/to me). I also enjoyed the 'selected tweets' edited by Megan Boyle & Mallory Whitten. Kept thinking, "don't hate, commiserate" inexplicably after finishing the book. Looking forward to 'If I Really Wanted to Feel Happy I Would Feel Happy Already,' coming out later this year. ...more
i really enjoyed this book because i feel like mira & i have a lot of positive/negative traits in common and thus my review is biased, but i thanki really enjoyed this book because i feel like mira & i have a lot of positive/negative traits in common and thus my review is biased, but i thank her for putting into words the most beautifully meaningless (&meaning'ful') instances of this shit called 'LIFE.' mira has a very unique voice that seems like it could/should be universally pleasing. i was not expecting to like this book as much as i did. i will read it again & again while lying with a stoic face/sad insides stoned & alone. i would criticize mira since she welcomes/desires it, but i cant find anything to criticize...i just wish there were more poems....more