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The year was 1963. John Lennon had written a new song and was eager to share it with his bandmates. After John sang, “I want to grab your breasts,” self-proclaimed sixth Beatle Mike Campbell gently suggested, “I want to hold your hand.” Thank God. So begins a series of profoundly absurd and absurdly profound musings from M. E. Mattel. What Was I Thinking? is a collection The year was 1963. John Lennon had written a new song and was eager to share it with his bandmates. After John sang, “I want to grab your breasts,” self-proclaimed sixth Beatle Mike Campbell gently suggested, “I want to hold your hand.” Thank God. So begins a series of profoundly absurd and absurdly profound musings from M. E. Mattel. What Was I Thinking? is a collection of short stories, poems, and song lyrics that include philosophical reveries, satirical scenarios, and even a bawdy limerick. One story satirizes gender dynamics by suggesting we won’t achieve true equality until we see more female serial killers. One poem takes a snapshot of a poor old man pushing his cart down a cobblestone road. One song sings the lamentations of a Vietnam War vet, drowning his sorrows in a bar. Regardless of form, each piece of writing has the capacity to move you to laughter, to tears, or to deep introspection.


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The year was 1963. John Lennon had written a new song and was eager to share it with his bandmates. After John sang, “I want to grab your breasts,” self-proclaimed sixth Beatle Mike Campbell gently suggested, “I want to hold your hand.” Thank God. So begins a series of profoundly absurd and absurdly profound musings from M. E. Mattel. What Was I Thinking? is a collection The year was 1963. John Lennon had written a new song and was eager to share it with his bandmates. After John sang, “I want to grab your breasts,” self-proclaimed sixth Beatle Mike Campbell gently suggested, “I want to hold your hand.” Thank God. So begins a series of profoundly absurd and absurdly profound musings from M. E. Mattel. What Was I Thinking? is a collection of short stories, poems, and song lyrics that include philosophical reveries, satirical scenarios, and even a bawdy limerick. One story satirizes gender dynamics by suggesting we won’t achieve true equality until we see more female serial killers. One poem takes a snapshot of a poor old man pushing his cart down a cobblestone road. One song sings the lamentations of a Vietnam War vet, drowning his sorrows in a bar. Regardless of form, each piece of writing has the capacity to move you to laughter, to tears, or to deep introspection.

5 review for What Was I Thinking?: "I Buried Paul -- The story of the sixth Beatle" and other short fiction, poetry, and song lyrics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Mariani

    A charming eclectic medley of short stories, poems, and song lyrics that will resonate with readers for a long time after reading them. The author explores in a very humorous way the many foibles of being human. The first story, The Sixth Beatle, is an imaginative and amusing tale of how the writer influenced the development of the beatle songbook. It will surprise you in many ways. Later on in the book, insightful poems and well-written songs will hold your attention. This is a delightful colle A charming eclectic medley of short stories, poems, and song lyrics that will resonate with readers for a long time after reading them. The author explores in a very humorous way the many foibles of being human. The first story, The Sixth Beatle, is an imaginative and amusing tale of how the writer influenced the development of the beatle songbook. It will surprise you in many ways. Later on in the book, insightful poems and well-written songs will hold your attention. This is a delightful collection of fiction that should provide easy but smart reading and insights into the human condition. Highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    M.E. Mattel

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marit Olsen

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Concepcion

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