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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Eat When You Feel Sad
  • Zachary German
  • English
  • 02 September 2017
  • 9781933633855

10 thoughts on “Eat When You Feel Sad

  1. says:

    final note / disclaimer: Zachary, if you ever read this, please know that I'm not trying to hurt your feelings. I mean, fuck, you're a published author, right? And I'm just a bitter bitch snarking on a book review site. And furthermore, you must know that what you're writing is going to be pretty polarizing. So um. I'm not sorry, because I mean every word of this very vitriolic review. But I'm sure you're a good dude, and obvs I'm just not your target audience. And please continue to be nice to my boyfriend, because he had nothing to do with this. Ok?

    OMG update: So it turns out that my boyfriend, who is a dog-walker in Midtown, freaking knows Zachary German (at least glancingly), who is also a dog-walker in Midtown.

    Ooooh shit. I am starting to feel guilty about this. Should I take the review down?

    just finished: Let there be no confusion: I hated the shit out of this stupid fucking motherfucking book.

    Eat When You Feel Sad is the diametric opposite of everything that is beautiful and important about literature.

    I know that’s a serious claim, and I don’t make it lightly. Honest.

    Before we go any further, I’d like to let Zachary German go ahead and speak for himself. Here is a random paragraph from a random page that I opened to in this book. (I swear that I’m not being unfair; this is exactly what the entire hundred-odd pages is like.)

    Robert plays the song “I’m Insane” by Sonic Youth. He nods his head. Robert looks at his cat. He puts on shoes. He puts on a light sweater. He looks at his apartment. He walks out of his apartment. He walks down the stairs. He walks outside. He walks to a thrift store. He looks at a children’s book about time. He looks at a vintage LaCoste tennis shirt. He touches the shirt. Robert walks outside. He walks to his building. He walks upstairs. He walks into his apartment. Robert walks into his bedroom. He looks out the window. Robert closes the curtains. He lies on his bed.

    (That was me taking a few deep breaths before spewing bile all over this fucking screen.)


    (pant, pant) Okay. Okay okay. Sorry. Okay. I’m calm.

    When I saw that Tao Lin endorsed this tiny little flit of a book, I should have known. I should have known. Tao Lin and now Zachary German (are there others?) have decided to take literature in a new direction, I guess, by making it utterly devoid of all emotion, meaning, subtext, heart, soul, interest, and depth. Now, I am not stupid. I realize this is a tactic. I understand that there might be room here for serious analysis, for someone to come along and debate that it is precisely by removing emotional depth that each individual reader could perhaps get even deeper by imposing their own emotions onto the scrim of the story, or that this is the post-irony, post-hip, mind-numbing-pharmaceuticals age, and that Tao and Zach are only giving all of us desensitized, zombified, emotionless hipsters the only thing we are still capable of digesting.

    But here’s the thing: THAT IS BULLSHIT.

    There are lots of reasons we read. Maybe to escape our mundane lives and vicariously experience something more interesting. Maybe to gain new perspectives on the multi-dimensionality of the human psyche. Maybe to give ourselves an emotional boost. Maybe to be challenged, to confront something in ourselves, to learn something new. Maybe to search for beauty. Maybe to discover truth.

    Tao and Zach deprive us of all of these things.

    Tao and Zach write about life at its most mundane, most deadly boring, most dead. Whether the characters are smoking cigarettes, shopping at thrift stores, listening to music (exhaustively catalogued, btw, artists and albums and even lyrics, like a post-modern hipster checklist), masturbating, talking on Gchat (literally actually transposed chat conversations, which are even more vapid than the rest of the story), cooking, checking their email, smoking pot, or hanging out with friends, it is all described in the most insipid, most surface language, and no matter how hard you try, you cannot squeeze the tiniest smidge of interest out of any of it.

    Who the fuck wants to read something like that??

    mid-read: Oh god holy shit I hate this book. There will be a fucking screed when I am finished, hoo boy.

    before reading: Ooh, just scored a proof of this for $1 at Housing Works!

    while contemplating reading: I am nervous about wanting to read this book, mainly because it's too obviously what I should probably want to read next. I am always distrustful of things that seem to be aimed directly at me, you know? I mean, it's unapologetically hipster-y, which of course simultaneously intrigues me and gives me hives. Then there's the endorsement from Dennis Cooper (Zachary German's nimble, catwalking, archeological, surface dwelling, emotionally unpaved prose is a thing of total wonder and my favorite drug, language-based or otherwise), but on the other hand is the endorsement from Tao Lin, about whom I have only bad things to say and which I refuse to quote.

  2. says:

    As a diet book author myself (The Silicon Valley Diet, Red Hen Press, 2000), I am sent many diet books to comment upon, especially in January after all the over-indulging of the holidays. Many are worthless, but Eat When You Feel Sad is a common-sense diet book that will help many overweight people take off the pounds sensibly and without negative consequences to either their physical or mental health. Aimed mostly at middle-aged suburban moms and dads whose formerly trim and toned bodies have become more pear-shaped, Eat When You Feel Sad presents a practical plan that will help people who have a hard time enjoying the foods they like because of guilt or find themselves fixated on their weight form a better self-image and achieve better control of their eating habits. This book is filled with detailed diets and helpful words of encouragement written in a very warm, personable way.

    Full of Zachary German's motivating tips and tricks and his smart, sensible eating advice that really works to take weight off, Eat When You Feel Sad is a diet book presenting a plan you’ll be able to stick to, have success on, and even enjoy. One caveat: if you suffer from major depression, this is probably not the diet book for you and it may even prove counterproductive

  3. says:

    The best thing about Eat When You Feel Sad is that, because of its small size and light weight, I was able to throw it into my trashcan across the room without fear of breaking anything.

  4. says:

    I believe in judging a book by its cover. I do it a lot. Usually by the title. This book I picked based on the spine. I like small white books. If you know any I should read, let me know. I originally miss read the title. In fact when I went back to pick it up after I finished upstocks I almost left it on the shelf based on the title. But unlike my usual manner of doing things I read the back cover, and I could tell that this book was written specifically for me. Whereas Sylvia fell asleep. Point being don't read this of you don't like the back cover it is indicative of the rest of the novel.

    I feel weird liking a book other people vehemently dislike. But as Karen put it I like all that weird transgressive stuff. And I like this. I also enjoy a good book about hiding under the bed.

    Okay, I know I liked Orianna's review, but I would like to respectfully disagree. This book is exactly what literature is meant to be. I understand that she is taking a catharsis position on the point of literature, or perhaps beauty. My point being I am not willing to argue the merits of this book because I am working in a completely different literary paradigm than she is. I believe the goal of literature is to reflect life, and I believe if you sat down and talked to Zachary German it would be obvious that he is the type of guy that would write this book.

    This book is an obvious product of the 80s, or perhaps a product of a product of the 80s is a better way to phrase is. There is a lack of emotional content in the book because there is a lack of emotional content in our lives (our being people born in that time period). I do feel a bit weird saying this cause the author looks emo, but perhaps in our world the use of music is to inject emotionality that has gone missing. Perhaps not.

    Moving on this book is the polar opposite of jefferey brown, and while I love brown for showing what life could/should be like, there is something I find more special about German speaking directly to how I actually experience the world.

    Because I told Karen I would include this: this book does what swimming inside the sun attempts to do much better. They are both at core books where nothing happens. However, I would like to thank German for realizing a book about nothing can't be horribly long, and shouldn't be. While there was a question about whether the trick is to keep breathing was actually the better version of Zweig's book I don't think it was. That book which is probably also better than this book (no offense) is about depression, grief and moving on or not, like sitting practice. Zweig and German are about life day to day. German does it better and less pretentiously. Point being as always I am looking for who does something better, or better achieves what another author is attempting and in the Zweig category that is German.

    Back to the emotional lack thing, cause I feel the need to harp on it. The book isn't just about the lack but how that is dealt with. The main character actually says something about his lack of capacity to love to his cat. Yes, it is a weird conversation to have with a cat, but in a world where you would rather shoot yourself in the head then actually talk about emotions the choice is sensible. There are internal arguments about the fact that girls aren't pretty enough to introduce to people so Robert can't date them. Yeah this is despicable, it is also the world we live in very clearly. When emotion is absent this is how it gets replaced, music, animals, vanity, or as comes up at the end getting drunk.

    This doesn't indicate a lack of desire for emotion statements of what Robert wants clearly include it. However, these statements end up being dismissed because he is unaware of how to actually use/feel these emotions.

    To title drop one more book. This book is what would happen if am/pm was a novel. Although that may have had more emotional content.

    This book has no plot, no arc, but I feel like it does have resolution.

  5. says:

    Like Tao Lin and Brandon Scott Gorrell, Zachary has a great sense of writing prose that on the surface seems strictly factual, but lets the reader tease out the emotional impact and gives great insight into the disconnected feelings that seem so pervasive in today's culture of electronic access and relationships based on liking certain bands and albums...

  6. says:

    I think this is one of those books that you really need to read for yourself in order to discover if it's your cup of tea or not. It's told with sort of an objective narrative, more so reporting events in Robert's life than really telling a story. But the blunt 'fact-telling'-style employed in this book creates an almost disturbingly revealing look at a young guy's life, and still manages to be beautiful in it's simplicity.
    The book is made up of little paragraphs each reporting a selected fragment of Robert's life. There's no indication of how much time passes in between the fragments, or when a new day starts. A lot of things from his life are left out, and a lot of things included are mundane things that you didn't think you wanted to read about. But anyways. The point is that it's actually really moving and emotional as we see this depressed lonely confused guy go through the motions of his life. It's funny, too.

    Zachary German, about EWYFS:
    I wanted the book to reflect life. I feel like there aren't plot arches in my relationships... It's just life. You just do stuff.

  7. says:

    I think I expected to hate this, but I didn't really. At times I wished I had a better idea of how old Robert was or how much time had passed, but I guess it doesn't really matter.

  8. says:

    EWYFS felt deliberate in the same way i feel after meditating. some people say computer programming is meditative because you must explicitly state every step you wish the computer to perform. zachary german explicitly states almost every action his main character performs (although it's clear he is making deliberate choices as to which to leave out)

    EWYFS is very funny at times, but the funny bits felt like jokes whose punch lines happened halfway through, so you have to pay attention to notice them.

    the style of the writing [minimalist ... in that there is little 'creative adjectival' description ... maximalist in that he states every little action the characters do] makes it difficult to get going. once you find a comfortable pace, though, it makes the best moments seem that much better. the funny parts were really funny and the sad / introspective parts were really sad / introspective, which led me to connect with the main character really strongly.

    the main character, ostensibly based on german, can be kind of a dick though, and the book seems to be about him coming to terms or not coming to terms with his own being kind of a dick. so while i did connect with him in very profound / sad ways at certain points, it was also interesting to see how much i am not like him, in the way you do when reading bukowski or something like that.

    i don't know if i will read this again in its entirety, but i think i will definitely re-read certain passages.

  9. says:

    I feel like we need a term for this style of prose, apparently created by Tao Lin and now practiced by a whole gaggle of deadpan young men. I suggest shitimalism.

    Not that it's necessarily terrible. As others have mentioned, the complex-sentence-eschewing style has a kind of meditative quality. It's like floating in a pool of subject-verb-objects. Only problem is, the pool is about six inches deep. Oddly appealing, easy to get into, but, also, shallow.

    The subject of this story—guy in city feels detached and hangs out—is some old shit, even if the structural guidelines the writer set himself are interesting. German has said he restricted himself to using simple sentences, and chose to avoid language variations, resulting in many repeated sentences and sentence fragments. As a result, this is like a modular novel, built from a limited selection of prefabricated sentences.

    An interesting idea. The question is, does it matter? And is there anywhere else for this limited type of prose to go? I don't know. I appreciate that it exists, even if it's infuriating at times. But I'm not sure if it will ever be more than an exercise in style.

  10. says:

    Experimental, challenging and superb. This slim book really had me skeptical about its style and substance by page 25 yet thoroughly engrossed by page 44. German's direct style truly makes you reevaluate how you process information and understand narratives. Lines like Robert takes out his contact lenses, and He looks at pictures of Lil Wayne on the internet capture the beautiful mundanity of human life better than perhaps any book I've ever read. Keep in mind that when I started this book I really wanted to hate it. The fact that Zachary German dropped out of high school, started writing a book and here it was was in my hands made me both jealous and apprehensive. Eat When You Feel Sad is modern, clever and poignant.

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