New Essay at The Rumpus!

It’s been a busy year — and a full 11 months since I last wrote a blog post here. Lots has happened in the span of that year: I started a small business, I made meteoric progress on my book manuscript, I embarked on new writing projects, traveled, anchored down in my New England home.

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And last week I published a new essay in The Rumpus.  This piece is part personal essay and part cultural criticism, about the how Mary Tyler Moore taught me to live alone in the months after my divorce. I couldn’t be more pleased to place it in The Rumpus, a magazine I so much admire and the home to so many great essays by Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay, Arielle Bernstein and Jonathan Harper.

You can read this new essay (free of charge, no subscription needed) right here.

And for those of you located in and near New England, you can hear me read from this essay this evening at 7:00 at the Roar Reading Series at Barnes & Noble in Storrs, CT.

Lots more news and updates to share! It’s nice to be back. I’ve missed you all.

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Hi, Bob

A few years ago my husband and I watched most of The Bob Newhart Show on Netflix.  I love the show’s subtle, slow-burn humor and think Bob Newhart is hilarious.  I’m also drawn to the particular aspect of the 1970s it portrays.  Partly because, for me, it feels like glimpsing a key moment in my parents’ lives.  A moment when they, like Bob and Emily, were close to my age.  Established in their careers.  Carving out their adult lives, their equitable, modern marriages.

On the brink of realizing the previous decade’s promises.

Lately we’ve been catching old episodes airing on TV once in a while.  While the characters are pretty different from my parents (my mother was much more progressive than Emily), the show evokes something of that time that feels resonant.

p.s. Have you ever played “Hi, Bob”?  My husband and I have been!

So Long

I feel unprepared for the season finale of “Mad Men” tonight.  It was such a long wait in between Seasons 4 and 5, that I don’t feel ready to relinquish this Sunday night ritual.  In recent years we’ve enjoyed a few really well-written TV shows, notably “Mad Men,” “Downton Abbey” and “The Wire,” which make up my list of top three all-time TV dramas.

While I look forward to / dread the end of this season of “Mad Men,” I thought I’d pass along a link my friend Toni sent me.  Tom and Lorenzo’s analysis of “Mad Men”‘s costuming — and of “Mad Men” in general — is insightful and fascinating.  Well-worth a read.  Especially as we all enter “Mad Men” withdrawl tomorrow.

Any word on when Season 6 might start?