Sad Keanu: The Book

Kleenex ready? Because it sure looks like Sad Keanu has inspired a book. In April, Keanu Reeves released the book, Ode To Happiness, along with artist Alexandra Grant. Made up of grayscale images and lettering that looks it might have been smeared by tears, each page contains an uplifting thought like, “I draw a hot sorrow bath. In my despair room.” The words on the final page of the tome? “It can always be worse.”

So what’s with Keanu’s glumness? Apparently, the Sad Keanu meme didn’t actually lead the actor to write this book.

“I was in my kitchen hanging out with my friend Janey, and the radio was on,” Keanu explains. “And this station was playing, like, an orgy of depressing, self-pitying, nostalgic music … It was so voluptuously horrible. And I just started to write on this piece of paper, because I had this image of, you know, that moment when you take a bath, you light that candle, and you’re really just kind of depressed. And it was making Janey laugh so hard, I just kept going, piling on the self-pity.”

Keanu started writing the book for himself, and only later decided to take it public. If you’d like your own copy, you can buy it here.

So what is Keanu’s next book project? “I’m considering another idea I call ‘Haikus of Hope,'” says Keanu. “Basically like, ‘I want to kill myself,’ and go from there.”



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