Farmers in general store at Pie Town, New Mexico., 1940 // Public Domain Image from NYPL Collection

The Stuff That Pings Me // 11.06.19

This is The Stuff That Pings Me: a curated, ongoing series about the stuff that makes me laugh or cry, makes my heart beat a little faster or takes my breath away. It’s the stuff I read, watch, listen to, and think about. Books, podcasts, films, music, quotes, articles, whatever.


What I’m Reading

This bookby Fredrik Backman. There’s a lot of hockey in Beartown, but it’s not a book about hockey. It’s a book about life. About the things we say matter to us and the things we actually value. About the lengths we will go to ignore the truth when it doesn’t suit. About friendships and loyalty. It’s easy to read and excruciatingly painful at the same time, in the best sort of way.

What I’m Watching

ParasiteAlready one of my favorite films of the year, and awards season is just starting. I’ve seen it described as both drama and horror, but it defies classification. It’s a film about the haves and the have nots—and it isn’t. There are no heroes and no villains, just people. Go see it.

What I’m Listening To

Letting Go For A Little While, by Ryan McMullan. This guy opened for a show I attended a couple weeks ago and I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head ever since.

What I’m (Not) Crying About

That’s right, Kid President posted a new pep talk, and I’m not crying, you’re crying. But seriously, this is both beautiful and . Here’s the original, too. And whether you’ve seen it a million times or you have no clue what I’m talking about, go watch it. The world’s better because you’re in it.


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