'Mortified', First-Hand Tales of Love and Pain David Nadelberg, author of the book, Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic and Neil Katcher, co-producer of the stage show Mortified, talk about first-hand tales of love and pain.
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'Mortified', First-Hand Tales of Love and Pain

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David Nadelberg, author of the book, Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic and Neil Katcher, co-producer of the stage show "Mortified," talk about first-hand tales of love and pain.

Guests:

David Nadelberg, Author of Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic; Co-producer of the stage show, "Mortified".

Neil Katcher, Writer and screenwriter living in LA, Co-produced the show, "Mortified"

Lori Fowler, Office manager for a staffing agency in San Francisco

Excerpt: Mortified

Mortified Book Cover

PROBLEM CHILD

When I was a teenager, I spent half of my time yearning for a girlfriend, and the other half devising ways to avoid asking a girl out. Not only was I a total coward, but I was also incredibly couterproductive. All I had to do was ask a girl out. I couldn't do it. My refusal to face rejection head-on left me extremely bitter.

I didn't blame anyone in particular for my shortcomings. I blamed the entire world ... through poetry.

I wrote this poem when my senior year crush went to prom with someone else.

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