Depression Lust, Cont'd
by Virginia Postrel • Dec 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm
Sam Macdonald, a former Washington editor for Reason and author of the new book The Urban Hermit: A Memoir, emails in response to my Depression lust post below:
I just wrote a book (released November 25) about my own experience with starvation. Long story short, I was really fat and really broke after college, so I decided to live on 800 calories a day. I ended up losing 160 poounds and, eventually, digging myself out of debt.
I wrote the thing when the economy seemed rather strong. So it was never supposed to be "timely." But now it's intereting to see the way the media is reacting. For instance, here's a review in the LA Times stating that the timing is "... uncanny..." That is, that there are lessons for people to learn.
On the other hand, here's someone from Time magazine saying that the book WOULD be funny and interesting, but the timing is awful, somehow making it not funny anymore.
In my mind, and in my experience, hunger sucks. I much prefer plenty. But I guess that's just me being a libertine. Or some such.