Matthew Klam

"Issues I Dealt With in Therapy"

By Salon Staff

Published October 5, 2000 9:51PM (EDT)

In his first book, a collection entitled "Sam the Cat and Other Stories," Matthew Klam takes a hilarious look at modern love and tormented guys. In one story he writes, "I love being in love. I'm so in love, I'm so in love. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm in love with. I'm in love with the love drug. You walk into a supermarket or a restaurant, your girlfriend goes in first and you're looking at her ass. And you say to yourself, 'Isn't that the most beautiful ass? That's mine. It's beautiful.' Like it's going to save you. An ass isn't going to save you. What's it going to do? Hide you from the police? Call up your boss when you don't feel well?"

According to Harper's magazine, "while the author seems to dwell in the realm of self-pitying maledom, he's really bent on exposing how guys wind up more shattered than ever when they objectify women and wallow in existential angst."

Matthew Klam is an O. Henry Award winner and in 1999, he was named one of the twenty best young fiction writers in America by The New Yorker. In addition, his nonfiction has been published in Harper's and The New York Times Magazine.

Hear Matthew Klam read his short story, "Issues I Dealt With in Therapy."

Bold Type features "There Should Be a Name For It," a story from "Sam the Cat and Other Stories," and a link to the official Matthew Klam website.

From "Sam the Cat and Other Stories" ) 2000, Matthew Klam. Used by permission of Random House, Inc. No reproduction of this material is authorized without the express written consent of the Licensor.

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