tuesday links

A very quick edition of Tuesday links, for your clicking pleasure…!

  1. The new Jenny Lewis album is streaming on NPR and it’s worth checking out.
  2. Jack White covers Jay-Z and it’s awesome.
  3. Please tell me you’ve watched the trailer for WILD? I’m so excited!
  4. 18 things you learn after interviewing a ton of comedy writers.
  5. Five things Hollywood learned about Latino moviegoers this summer.

P.S. – Best ice cream in LA. I highly recommend Quenelle, they’re the best.

And apologies since I’m writing about this again, but my friend is running a Kickstarter for a comic book that you should check out!

the projectionist

the projectionist


Hello friends! I don’t usually make this kind of post, but it’s a worthy cause. My friend Sam, whom I met through my writing group, just started a kickstarter for a comic he’s written called The Projectionist. As you can see from the art above, it looks fucking awesome. What’s it about? To copy from his kickstarter, “OUR STORY centers on private detective Ethan Plane — Ethan has the ability to ASTRAL PROJECT. While traveling outside of his body, Ethan is mistaken for a fugitive spirit and goes on the run from paranormal cops to prove his innocence. If caught, Ethan will be deported and suffer an eternity in one of any number of hellish afterlives. If pressed… I’d say it was GHOSTBUSTERS meets THE FUGITIVE!”

Trust me, I’ve read an early draft and it’s seriously good. He’s also currently running a project on reddit to create an entire comic – from scratch! – in 48 hours to promote The Projectionist. You can read more about that here. A cool dude, I tell ya! You can tweet at Sam at @thrillpunk.

Like I said, I usually don’t make these kind of posts, but if you’re willing to support talented artists (or you’re wishing to donate to a cause more worthy than potato salad), you should definitely check it out.



Shakespeare in the Park

Nothing says summer quite like picnicking under the stars, drinking (juice), surrounded by people you love, gathered together to watch some Shakespeare. I can’t recommend the Independent Shakespeare Company enough – my dear friend Amelia interned with them in high school and we’ve been going to see them every summer since. Their production of Twelfth Night was fantastic – David Melville’s Clown was especially memorable (this quote is one of my favorites) – and I can’t wait to see The Taming of the Shrew later this summer. Best of all? It’s free, meaning that anyone who wants can enjoy the show. Much cheaper than going to the movies, and honestly, it’s a lot better than the latest big blockbuster. Just make sure you don’t open a bottle of ginger ale that’s been laying flat for awhile in the middle of the third act, because it might explode all over you. *



*I may or may not know this from personal experience.


tuesday links

Tuesday links are back! Because what fun is finding cool things on the Internet if you don’t have anyone to share ‘em with?

It’s funny – I had drafted this post over the weekend but then I rewrote the whole thing this morning when I discovered five new things I wanted to share with you instead. So it goes when you’re living online, am I right? In any case:

  1. Warren G. Harding’s love letters are amazing and hilarious, not to mention . Also? JERRY. No more need be said.
  2. An apology from the journalist who coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”
  3. Brody Dalle is best known for being the lead singer of The Distillers, but she released a solo album earlier this  year. I really love this stripped-down version of “Dressed in Dreams” she did for NPR. Amazing.
  4. We all know how much I love Jenny Lewis, and her latest music video for “Just One of The Guys” is yet another reason why. It stars some very familiar faces, my favorite of which is the amazing Brie Larson.
  5. As a grammar nerd, I’m a big fan of Weird Al’s latest parody, “Word Crimes.”

P.S. This statue reminds me of someone…

Happy Tuesday!

weekly writing update


Is there any better way to read than with your feet in the pool and the sun on your face?

What I’m Reading & Watching

Since the last time I posted, I’ve read The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, The Spectacular Now, The Opposite of Loneliness, Ready Player One, Landline, and I’m about 70% of the way through The Magician King. It’s amazing how much you can read when you have a week off!

I’ve watched several movies over the past two weeks, including Obvious Child and Snowpiercer, as well as season one and half of season two of Boss.

What I’m Writing

I just started a short story (!) and have been spending a lot of time revisiting script #1, which I’m gearing up to rewrite. I’m having a lot of trouble translating real-life subtleties to a script, ugh.

What Inspires Me Right Now

I’ve been reading a lot of coming-of-age stuff to get back into that mindset. I’ve also had a lot of weird, nostalgia-inducing stuff happening which is good for writing stuff with a lot of teenage angst!!!!! (i.e. attempting to find the silver lining of this weird, weird week).

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Surviving work after a week of vacation. It’s been a tough one.

Writing Quote Of The Week

From Stephen King’s On Writing (again):

The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.

Have a good weekend, friends.

proust questionnaire

Today is Marcel Proust‘s birthday. Why not celebrate by answering the questionnaire he made famous?


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sitting outside on a porch swing, reading a good book, drinking a glass of good wine.


What is your greatest fear?



Which living person do you most admire?

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for standing up and speaking her (brilliant) mind.


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I’m sometimes too afraid to take necessary risks.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Not cursing. Fuck is just about the most perfect word in the English language and I hate having to censor myself from using it.


What do you dislike most about your appearance?

I feel like I never look at put-together as I’d like.


What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Writing, forever and ever.


When and where were you happiest?

Berkeley in 2011 – in love with academia, friends, the city I lived in, and everything around me. Graduation was tough.


Which talent would you most like to have?

I really wish I could sing.


What is your current state of mind?

Overly nostalgic.


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I could tolerate uncomfortable shoes.


If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?



What do you consider your greatest achievement?

When I learned to stand up for myself and love me more than I loved someone else, i.e. breaking up with my first serious boyfriend. I’d also put the completion of my first screenplay and my thesis up there as well.


If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

A scientist.


What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Hell is other people, so they say…


What is the quality you most like in a man?



What is the quality you most like in a woman?



What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty and kindness. A sense of humor is important as well.


Who are your favorite writers?

Gabriel García Márquez, J.K. Rowling, Anne Frank, Aaron Sorkin, Brian K. Vaughn. So many others.


Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Hermione Granger.


Who are your heroes in real life?

The Notorious RBG (mentioned above), Barack Obama, Jenny Lewis, my mother, Anne Frank.


What is it that you most dislike?

Unnecessary cruelty.


How would you like to die?



What is your motto?

“What’s next?”



4th of July


This year, Sarah and I decided to go to the Hollywood Bowl for the Fourth of July. The musical guests were Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Seriously some of the most impressive banjo playing and bluegrass I’ve ever seen live! It didn’t hurt that one of my favorite musicians, Paul Simon, showed up. I promise I didn’t cry, though had he played any – a n y – S&G songs, I probably (definitely) would have. So there’s that. And there were also fireworks, wine in a can, goat cheese, and lots of laughter. It was a great night. Happy birthday, America.

P.S. – You can see video I took of the fireworks here!



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