From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside looking in.
While other boys in his stiflingly boring farm town played outside, Guy preferred reading Greek mythology. Being gay and overweight, he got used to diminishing himself. But little by little, he started learning from all the strange and lonely outcasts in history who had come before him, and he started to feel hope.
In this collection of personal essays, Guy talks about finding a sense of belonging at UC Berkeley- and that time his newspaper column led to a run-in with the Secret Service. He recounts the pitfalls of being typecast as the "Sassy Gay Friend," and how he eventually found stand-up comedy and artistic freedom. He analyzes society's deprivation of personhood from fat people, and how, though it's taken him a while to accept who he is, he has learned that with a little patience and a lot of humor, self-acceptance is possible.
Written with Guy's characteristic blend of wit, guile, and rumination, My Life as a Goddess is an unforgettable and deeply moving book by on of today's most endearing and galvanizing voices in comedy.