“One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not: we who control our feelings, who avoid conflicts at all costs or seem to seek them, who are hypersensitive, self-critical, compulsive, workaholic, and above all survivors — we are not that way from perversity, and we can not just relax and let it go. We have learned to cope in ways you never had to.”
-Piers Anthony as quoted in This American Life, Episode 470: Show Me the Way
This week’s This American Life was so good I listened to it twice. It’s one long story and then a second, shorter one, but the long one is this story about a teenager who goes from Buffalo to Florida with the idea that he’s going to live with Piers Anthony, an author who I had completely dismissed without ever reading and who now I want to read, just because he, himself, seems kind of awesome.
One of my new favorite things is Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Since Tammy’s off work for the summer, she’s been keeping up with the NYT and sending me articles she knows I’d like, such as this one about the Comedy Cellar and this one about a biologist who studies evolution in Edinburgh. One of the fifty million excellent things about Tammy is the way she accepts and supports all my strange interests.
Speaking of strange interests, I started Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin last week, so my life has become about either reading that book or some stupid thing I have to do that prevents me from reading the book. I’m getting close to the end, so this morning, even showering felt like a huge unnecessary time suck. I should note that when I mentioned this to Tammy, she told me I had to take a shower anyway, so apparently her support only continues as long as I continue to smell good. I suppose that’s reasonable, but still.
I’m going to go finish that book.