Yesterday I was going to change up my commute to pass by a bookstore, so that I could check out Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Tweeps and blogs like SNL, Vulture, Splitsider and ShelfLife were agog over the cuteness of her floral, pink-sweatered, wry-mouthed book cover. Given her writing background and popularity as a tweeter, I imagined that physically flipping through a copy would offer some kind of quirky comedy contact high.Then I read that her book doesn’t come out until November, which made me sort of feel like how I do when I see ads for Sonic and TCBY despite never having seen either one in person (do they really exist?). Except worse because I don’t have to wait long for frozen yogurt.
Kaling described her book as short essays, comedy pieces and pictures, and earlier gave its title as The Contents of My Purse, according to Movieline. I think the current title better reflects the kind of personal insecurity that people sympathize with and find humorous in her tweets and in person like on last week’s Letterman show.