Why Are You So Sad
By: Jason Porter
There is a stream of consciousness that runs like a steady river through our minds, a river that undulates, winds, twists and turns. Sometimes the thoughts that stem from this river are louder or more vibrant than others when our minds are more engaged with work, school or when we are involved in our favorite activities. Then there are times when one of those thoughts starts an internal conversation – which about a half way through that conversation we start to wonder what people would think if they had been listening. Most of the time the answer is something along the lines of “They’d think I’m Crazy.” So we switch. We move back to something less out there, something more normal.
The same is true for Jason Porter’s main character in Why Are You So Sad?. Raymond is a married, middle-aged man stuck in an unfulfilling job where his mind is free to roam and wonder. Overly sensitive Raymond picks up on the emotions, thoughts and feelings – or should we say their perceived emotions, thoughts and feelings. Many of us have hit this point at one time or another – that point where you become depressed. When this happens sometimes we become overly sensitive to the negativity around us. Throughout the book, Raymond’s mind undulates, winds, twits and turns. He makes us feel comfortable with the conversations that we have in our own minds.
This was a very interesting book. It was a look deep into the mind of someone else, making us feel more comfortable or safe with our sanity. The book starts off and works through Raymond’s mundane life and his anything but mundane thoughts. I kept waiting for it to turn or for his life to change. Not my personal cup of tea, this is still a very well written book that presents a unique and challenging story. If delving into the minds and thoughts of others intrigues you, if surreal or intriguing plot lines then this book is for you. Jason Porter is a creative and innovative author that has gifted readers with a very unique story.