with a heavy heart; 5.8.19

Hi friends. This is a bit embarrassing because I have a couple of new followers (hi! welcome!) but this week is going to be a bit different and more perfunctory.

Many of you are probably aware that beloved author Rachel Held Evans passed away this weekend. This is a devastating loss for her family and many close friends, as well as for the many who were changed and liberated by her work, including myself. If you are interested and/or able to financially support her loved ones during this time, they have a GoFundMe, and the page includes information about where to send cards if you feel moved.

Additionally, this weekend one of my family members was seriously and unexpectedly hospitalized. They’re currently alive and stable, but there’s a lot that’s still uncertain, and prayers/good thoughts are appreciated.

So as you can imagine, my capacity is kind of at a minimum right now, so I thought instead of a full-on blog post I’d just share a couple of things that have been bringing me comfort this week.

Fresh Off the Boat

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For the last year or so I’ve been slowly working my way through this sitcom about a Chinese-American family in the 1990s. I’m only on the second season still, but it’s honestly such a delight, and it’s one of those shows where you know that everyone is going to be okay by the end (and even in the middle!) It also has a pretty high laugh-out-loud density for me, particularly in scenes with the youngest child, the grandma, or the EXCELLENT Constance Wu.

Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century – Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger

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This book came to me by way of Rachel Syme’s Twitter (also a straight up gem), and immersing myself in it has shown me that I personally get a lot of comfort out of thinking about Hollywood legends and their dramas and adding a bunch of classic movies to my ‘to watch’ list. I’ll talk more about it when I finish the book, but just a heads up that in the first 200 pages there are a couple of attempted suicides and some domestic violence. In light of ‘thinking about Hollywood legends,’ I’ve also been keeping Julie Andrews’ memoir Home nearby, which I plan on rereading before she releases the follow up Home Work this fall [tw: sexual assault]. Also, Carrie Fisher’s book The Princess Diarist has been on my shelf for over a year and I keep meaning to get to it, and at this point it’ll probably be sooner rather than later.


As many of you know, I am a prolific podcast listener, and honestly there’s something soothing about podcasts that you’ve been listening to for long enough that the hosts feel a bit like your pals. Yesterday I listened to a particularly fun episode of Overdue podcast, on which the hosts Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting were joined by Margaret H. Willison to discuss the absolutely wild 1980s young adult novel Last Act by Christopher Pike, which I haven’t read, but listening to Margaret describe it was a fabulous experience, as well as getting to listen in on the banter between her, Andrew, and Craig.

That’s all for me this week folks. Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, watch an Old Hollywood movie for me.

(This is from ‘It Happened One Night,’ which I haven’t rewatched recently but which I imagine would be a great comfort watch. It’s a lighthearted comedy, but the confused and glum looks on their faces aren’t too far off from my “this is the best I can do” fact this week.)

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