Breaking Up

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Drawing on their own experiences with heartbreak, writer Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) joins forces with illustrator Maira Kalman on his new novel for young adults, Why We Broke Up (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) and the accompanying website project.  The story is told through the objects -- a matchbox, a movie poster, a pennant -- left behind after the couple parted.  What mementos of past loves have you kept?

READINGS: January 18 at 7PM at Barnes & Noble Union Square; January 19 at 7PM at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., Brooklyn


Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

Comments [17]

Mack C-E from New York, NY

Anyone with emotionally burdensome objects should check out D-Three: Object DIvestment Services. A wonderful service and a fantastic work of art.

Jan. 20 2012 06:18 AM
Trembly Witherbottom III from Isle of White

Dear God, I hope none of my exes saved my dumb "Please take me back" letters.

Jan. 18 2012 04:56 PM
Ann from Westchester

When life gives you grapefruits, make grapefruit juice!

Jan. 18 2012 11:57 AM
carolita from nyc

I didn't waste my time with boys in High School, so my story is from my early dating history. A very abusive boyfriend gave me a beautiful polaroid camera (before his true colors came out), and when I dumped him, rather than toss it in the incinerator (as was my first impulse, along with all the other stuff I threw in, thinking, "I can buy my OWN x,y, or z") I gave it to a new mother so she could take photos of her baby.

But I kept a guitar pick from one of my boyfriends, just because one of my fondest memories of him is of when he played the blues for me. I don't even have a photo of him, just the pick. Oh, and I also kept all the books I'd stolen from his bookcase, because I needed them for my next year of school. (He was cheating on me, okay?)

Otherwise, I've always gotten rid of stuff. Out with the old, in with the new!

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM
ellen from Manhattan

I kept a shopping list that was on my frig when he first spent the night -- he scattered nonsense words that made me laugh for years and years. And then didn't.

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM
austin from park slope

now there's even a site where you can sell your ex's stuff:

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM
trish from Madison, NJ

Is it just me or do these keepsakes sound a little creepy?? Especially the grapefruit guy. Ew!

Jan. 18 2012 11:56 AM
The Truth from Becky

OMG..STALKER!! Throw out the darn grapefruit!! That's just mental. Poor advice given here.

Jan. 18 2012 11:55 AM
Capper from NYC

I have a 26 year old homemade bottle of wine that I was given during a relationship.

Jan. 18 2012 11:55 AM
SteveH from B'klyn

One of the sleeping bag from countless camping trips across the US & Canada, there were 2 sleeping bags that zipped together to make one.

Jan. 18 2012 11:54 AM
Sarah from Hell's Kitchen

There's an amazing little museum in Zagreb, Croatia called the Museum of Broken Relationships that gathers and then displays items from failed relationships with small explanations on the wall. Some are hilarious, some are heartbreaking (especially a few items that relate to the war).

Jan. 18 2012 11:54 AM
Wendy from Paamus,J

I never kept any momentos of past car-wrecks. I would scour the house lookng for remnants like one searche for crumbs prior to Passover.

Jan. 18 2012 11:53 AM
Jennifer from Flushing, NY

My college boyfriend broke up with me the night Clinton beat George Bush Sr. If he just waited until the next day, I would probably not remember his name 20 yrs later. Brian!

Jan. 18 2012 11:49 AM


Jan. 18 2012 11:49 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Her John Henry V-neck sweater...She kept my Seiko automatic chronograph. I had owned it for 20 years. I had paid $100 for it when I was 14. A lot of money for a watch in 1971.

Jan. 18 2012 11:49 AM
JN from Brooklyn

I once had a boyfriend who during a fight i sarcastically asked if I should get a medal for being with him. After we broke up (amicably) he sent me a vintage track medal from out Alma Mater.

Jan. 18 2012 11:49 AM
David from West Hempstead

A girlfriend wrote me a nasty post-mortem letter after we broke up, and gave it to me on the last day of high school. I took it home, set it on fire, and emailed her a photo of the conflagration.

Jan. 18 2012 11:48 AM

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