New York Magazine’s ‘Sex Lives’ Podcast: 13 Breakup Stories Way Worse Than Yours

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Think about your last breakup. How much did that suck? 

No matter how bad it was (or how many times you texted), your behavior was nowhere near as bad as any of the people in Jennifer Wright's new book, It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History. Wright walks us through her favorite horrible tales — from defenestration to setting pubic hair on fire to public castration — and explains how her book is actually the most effective sort of self-help guide (is there anything more effective than Schadenfruede?).

In the final segment, hosts David Wallace Wells, Maureen O'Connor, and Allison P. Davis wonder which sex acts have gone out of style and make the case for bringing back the 69.

A new episode of “Sex Lives” can be found each week on iTunes or SoundCloud.