Aug 24, 2007
Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.
Web Extra: Break-Up Song Contest Winners
- Host Ira Glass talks with Lauren Waterman, who's in the middle of a break-up right now and grappling with totally contradictory feelings. She wants her boyfriend to call, but also—maybe a little bit—doesn't want him to call. She misses him and doesn't want to stop thinking about him...but also does all of this elaborate math to calculate the day she'll finally be over him. (5 minutes)
- In the wake of a break-up, writer Starlee Kine finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she decides to try and write one herself—even though she has no musical ability whatsoever. For some help, she goes to a rather surprising expert on the subject: Phil Collins.
Starlee was also assisted in her efforts by musicians Joe McGinty and Julia Greenberg, who co-wrote "The Three of Us," the song featured in this story. Joe took some photos during the recording session. Plus, we had a break-up song contest!
Starlee Kine is co-creator of the Post-It Note Reading Series in Brooklyn.
Joe McGinty's most recent CD, with his band Baby Steps, is Kiss Me, Stupid. It includes another song heard in Starlee's story, "This Song Is Three Days Old," which is available for purchase at his MySpace page. (29 minutes)
Julia Greenberg is co-author of the rock musical People Are Wrong.
- Eight-year-old Betsy Walter goes on a campaign to understand her parents' divorce. A campaign that takes her to school guidance counselors, children's book authors, and the mayor of New York City. (10 minutes)
The interview with Betsy first aired on NPR's All Things Considered—in 1987, when a young Ira Glass was a producer there.
- What divorce looks like from the dog's point of view. This monologue was performed by Merrill Markoe and recorded at Un-Cabaret in Los Angeles. (5 minutes)
Merrill is an author, and her book Cool Calm and Contentious comes out later this year.
Stevie Nicks. Image courtesy of The Nicks Fix - The Official Stevie Nicks Website.