Real Chick Lit: Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me

Getting dumped sucks, but there’s always a lesson to be learned from a failed relationship, right? Ben Karlin and the other men who contributed to Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me seem to think so. We had real-life couple (who have broken up and gotten back together) read and discuss the book of essays.

Yasmin: I don’t know what to make of this book. Some of the essays had me cracking up, and others left me thinking, “Where’s the punch line?”
Harley: I actually thought it was a great idea to take a bunch of writers and comedians and have them share their stories about getting screwed over by girls. I found myself thinking back on similar events. No matter who you are, you can relate, you know? Y: I couldn’t really relate. I’m the perfect girlfriend.
H: Ha, ha. You’re very close. Can you cook dinner tonight?
Y: I loved how Stephen Colbert’s wife “proofread” his story and blacked out, like, every other word.
H: And David Wain’s story was hilarious. This girl kept disappearing when they were supposed to meet up, and then she’d call him, asking, “What happened?” Girls are so hot and cold, I swear.
Y: I can’t even argue with that. The consensus among the essays was pretty much, “Hey, I dated some crazy chicks, but now I have the perfect wife. Yay, me!” The one that left me scratching my head was Neal Pollack’s story about his accidental sexual relationship with his cat. That actually makes me a little hesitant to leave you alone with my dog.
H: I mean, I love your dog, but I don’t love your dog.
Y: I’ll kill you! The best part of the book was the forward, written by Ben Karlin’s mom, on why her son is the best catch and any girl would be lucky to date him. HELL-O JEWISH MOTHER! Your mom could have easily written that.
H: News flash — I am a catch!
Y: Of course you are.
H: Yeah, so, you didn’t answer…can you cook dinner tonight?