Song of the Week: “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” by The Beach Boys
In September of 2012 I heard Pet Sounds for the first time. After running into M & E at The Modern, we decided to keep drinking at M’s apartment. The boys sang along and I acted shy but had really never heard a lot of it. I was about to move across the country to Boston, Mass and lines like “I’ve been trying hard to find the people that I won’t leave behind” and “I guess I just wasn’t made for these times” really resonated with me, in that moment, and even later when M went to sleep and E and I masturbated on the couch together I kept those words inside me. When I left in the morning I went straight to the record store. I bought the record. I went home. I lay on the floor of my kitchen listening to it until dark.
-A. Minetta Gould
A. Minetta Gould was raised in The Mittens by a beautician and crane operator. She is the author of four chapbooks, most recently from FAMILY (Black Warrior Review, 2013) and the forthcoming MASS. (The New Megaphone, 2014). A. Minetta recently transplanted herself from Boston, MA to Denver, CO and is the managing editor for Black Ocean.
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