“We always inhabit a story that others have shaped, but we also always participate in the shaping.”
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“We always inhabit a story that others have shaped, but we also always participate in the shaping.”


This Week

This week I registered again, after a pandemic break, for my favorite 5k that gives you donuts. Nature is healing.

Last weekend we released a full-length episode discussing the best film in which Bette Davis cooks -redacted- for her invalid sister Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? No mini episode for May, but I have plenty of other recommendations for 60s-70s films that feature aging women stars playing unbalanced and/or evil if you want them. It’s a much beloved (by me) genre.

Naomi Osaka and the power of “Nope.”

The best movies of 2021 (so far). The year away from movie theaters really threw off my new movie watching. Even when they were available at home, I wasn’t in the habit of making time for them. So I have a lot of catching up to do.

A look at the era of Victorian spiritualism.

Ranking Val Lewton’s sophisticated and shadowy horror films.

Next Tuesday Shudder premieres George Romero’s The Amusement Park, a little-seen film that I’ve wanted to watch for a long time. Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, George’s widow, talks about the film’s restoration and George’s legacy.

John Oliver tells some harsh but necessary truth about the lack of innovation in the cereal market.

Reading/Watching/Listening

I haven’t absorbed anything lately that I either haven’t already mentioned or think is quite worth mentioning. I will reiterate that I hope you’re watching Mythic Quest. It keeps getting better.


A pale pink pig settles down in a tub filled with water and splashes most of the water out

It's very summer now. I am very happy about that. I hope you're finding some warmth and ease.

Love, Jen

This week’s quote is from Lewis Hyde's book, Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art.