What’s Making Me Happy This Week: Books named after Morrissey lyrics
This is “What’s Making Me Happy This Week,” a weekly feature inspired by the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week is a post on the A.V. Club website today listing and describing 13 books named after lyrics you’ll find in Smiths or Morrissey songs. Coincidentally, I happened to purchase one of those books this month, How Soon Is Never? by Marc Spitz (who also wrote this, which I wrote about reading in April). Spitz’ book is a play on the song title “How Soon Is Now?“; according to the A.V. Club writers “the story main character bonds with a love interest over mutual Smiths fandom, and it becomes their mission to reunite the un-reunitable band.” Here are some other interesting books on the list:
- Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland. I haven’t read this one (or any of the books on the list) but I’ve of course read Coupland’s famous Generation X. This book is literally about a guy whose girlfriend is in a coma. Hopefully it has the wit of the Smiths song to take some of the bite out of the morbid subject matter.
- Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by Andre Jordan. Proving that the Smiths can be applied to just about anything (or has that been proven already?) Jordan put together a study of depression via cartoons and named it – fittingly – after the Smiths song.
- The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand. Brand is a comedian, but the title of this book (from Moz’ solo hit “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get”) and its description aren’t funny at all. Per the A.V. Club writers, “The lead character is obsessed with Morrissey, and uses his songs to help process the pain in her life—particularly her relationship with her schizophrenic mother.” Maybe Brand should have gone with “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore“?
And That’s What’s Making Me Happy This Week.