I had to start a new ‘happy’ show since I’m all caught up on Downton Abbey (yes, I finished the first two seasons! That’s how much I loved it). I am still making my way through Breaking Bad, but I have to stagger the episodes, because it gets me down.
My moods are easily swayed by television and literature.
Thus I started Parenthood by recommendation of my sister. It’s not fabulous, but it’s good. It’s sort of how I envision my family as we grow older, which is perhaps why I keep watching. It’s full of funny and sweet moments regarding familial relationships, and it stars one of my all-time-favorite crushes: Lauren Graham.
She could be one of the reasons I keep watching, too. She’s still very ‘Lorelai’ to me in this show, but I’m doing my very best to ignore it.
I’m getting my literature in, too: I’m currently reading The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, and Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.
The History of Love is just…hauntingly beautiful. I find myself rolling most of the sentences around in my mouth because they are too precious to let go: “At the end, all that’s left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that’s why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”
I haven’t finished it yet, because I don’t want to.
Born to Run is one of the first creative non-fiction books I’ve read in a very long time. The author, a would-be runner with a hurt foot, is led on an expedition to track down the Tarahumara Indians, a tribe who somehow bypassed the idea of running for exercise and run hundreds of miles per day simply to get from A to B.
This book is incredibly engaging, and I find myself in awe of most of the superathletes involved. It also reminds me of how much I don’t know: I’ve never even heard of the Tarahumara tribe before (well, supposedly they like to keep to themselves), and I find it entertaining that they run shoeless on a diet of chia-seed drinks and beans, while America has us drinking Gatorade and worrying about prorated tennis shoes.
What are you watching/reading?