- The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson ~ New favorite book of the year for me. Giant, copious airplane tears on the way home from visiting my sister. It is about sisters. It is about love. I can’t remember reading a book that captures better what first love feels like. It is just so beautiful. Death and grief and healing. I just got her next book and I am so excited to read it I might freak out. His eyes warm at that — it kills me. What are we going to do with all this love? Good question, Jandy, you beautiful genius. I loved this book.
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman ~ Honestly kind of ridiculous but that doesn’t mean I’m not reading the next one, Just One Year.
- Threatened by Eliot Schrefer ~ Read because it made the National Book Award longlist and I liked Endangered. This is really good. I feel like it needs to be a movie for sure. He is a really good writer.
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle ~ I think everyone knows that he is an unbelievable writer and everything, and this book is obviously so imaginative and well-written, but I found it so upsetting on the whole that I kind of wish I hadn’t read it. But it really was quite beautiful. I don’t know that I will forget this book any time soon even though part of me wishes I could. That said, I definitely recommend it? I am confused by my feelings about this book. This is a wonderful review that I am going to read again just to help suss out my reaction to it.
- How I Live Now ~ I liked this book (Printz Award winner by Meg Rosoff) and decided to check out the movie. I thought it was scary and lovely and good. Atonement is just so upsetting overall that I never fully engaged in Saoirse Ronan, but she is SO good. It’s kind of Instagram-filter-ish but in a nice way, and it’s genuinely scary, and Edmond is 100% dreamy.
- Your Sister’s Sister ~ Enjoyable. Mostly just because I think Emily Blunt can do no wrong.
- Aside from Rectify, no show has moved me as much this year as Transparent. It is simply wonderful. And I love, love, love the music.
- Happy Valley led me straight to Last Tango in Halifax – same star, same creator, wildly different show - which I watched in a marathon obsessive fashion. Sheep farmers, lesbians, old people in love in Yorkshire – the works. It’s perfect.
- I listen to Consummation every day. It was featured in the Daniel Goes to the Museum episode of Rectify and it just does something to me. Same with Fratres by Arvo Pärt, also featured on this amazing show.
- It’s time for everyone in the world to listen to everything by Lydia Loveless, every last thing. Unreal.
- Also, I think I might be in actual legit love with Hozier. My brother saw him recently in a very tiny crowd and said it was amazing and told me about him but I already knew, of course, because of this.
- Latest faves – both Mike Birbigilia episodes of You Made It Weird. I also very much enjoyed the one with John Mulaney, who I find so adorable it makes me die a little inside. He’s also very good at Catchphrase.
Favorite things on Internet:
- This tweet. I saw a local production of In the Heights and it brought me back to how much I love this show and how it meant to me to see it on Broadway closing weekend and how every time I go to New York I literally imagine seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda on the subway and holding up my iPhone on which I am invariably listening to In the Heights and telling him how much I love it. It is maybe kind of psycho to imagine this but I do it anyway.
- I really like her hair.
- Party of Five season 1 oral history … I think we can agree that the Thanksgiving episode remains the best.
- Four Key Cosby Questions … Important.
- Speaking of Joe Reid, I think I first learned of his writing via his SYTYCD chats with Anna Beth on his old blog, but I’ve loved his writing forever and will follow him wherever he goes. Joe Reid gets it.
- And obviously so does Dave Holmes.
Best Food Eaten:
Gonna have to go with breakfast with my sister.
The best drink was this sidecar on a Sunday afternoon.
I flew North to meet my new baby niece and she’s the cutest. She just is so snuggly and delicious. And my nephews, as ever, crack me up like no one ever has.
Flowers, Plants, and Trees:
You know what New England has in September? Apple orchards and trees on fire.
Best Fall Activity:
Returning to this place always makes us happy, even when our team is doing things on the field that are straight up insane.
Pets Still Alive:
Both. Historically, the dog’s main goal in terms of the cat is to eat her alive. I’m working on seeing if he’s is too old at this point do that. So we’ve been having a little face time. He’s okay with it; she is so terrified that it scarcely seems worth it. Here was a moment of temporary peace.
Bullets Being Bitten:
Honestly, who knows what is next? All I know is I waited a lot of years for a surprise lily to pop up in my yard, and at the end of this month, one finally did. I’m thinking it’s a sign.