Stories I’m Digging

If you haven’t caught on by now, this project is all about stories.

There’s an abundance of threes in stories — three acts, three beats, third times the charm, three bears, Three Blind MiceThree Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin allowed three guesses, three wishes from a genie, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Three Musketeers, I could go on.

I’m kicking off a new series where I share three stories I’m currently digging so much that I’m compelled to share.

The inaugural post feels appropriate on the 27th because 27 is divisible by three! Someone, please double check my math…

Am I reaching on this one? Three letters, y-e-s.

1) Jerry Before Seinfeld

[Cue Seinfeld synthesizer theme song]

Chris and I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see Seinfeld perform his stand-up at the Beacon Theater this past Friday. Even if Seinfeld’s ‘neurotic New Yorker’ schtick isn’t your bag, the guy is a master of his craft and one of the great American raconteurs.

As expected, the living legend and cultural icon did not disappoint.

His Netflix special is about his life before Seinfeld. His journey is a universal story of humble beginnings, determination, passionate pursuits and trusting in yourself to see where your talents will take you.

Netflix it. It’s good.

2) Younger

This summer I was on a cross-country flight and I binged the entire first season of Younger as my in-flight entertainment. Sutton Foster (who’s a Disney princess incarnate) brings her plucky and adorable self to TV Land’s Younger, now in its fourth season (I’m a late adopter).

While the premise isn’t exactly rooted in reality, this comedy is a coming of age story Younger-TV-Landfrom the perspective of Foster’s character, Liza, a 40-year-old divorcée with a teenage daughter living in the suburbs of New Jersey. Desperate for a fresh start and saddled with her daughter’s college tuition, she attempts to return to her publishing career that she left roughly 15 years prior. Millennials are now calling the shots and decide Liza’s too old for the entry-level racket, but too inexperienced for the roles suited for someone her age. She lies about her age rewrites her story and lands a role as a marketing assistant at a publishing house and moves to Williamsburg — as a 26-year-old.

Liza’s double-life is filled with generational gaffes, a sexy 20-something tattoo artist boyfriend, topical cultural references and heartwarming moments.

3) The Rules Do Not Apply

New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy’s new-ish memoir on love, loss, infidelity, substance abuse, existential cause-and-effects and believing you operate on a plane that is impervious to negativity. Levy recounts her highs and the lowest of lows with

51MYHqWNYyL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_a healthy dose of self-reflection, honesty, and criticism.

 

Levy’s candid account of her life will render you captive, and I promise, you’ll read it cover to cover in one sitting.

 

 

And that’s all I got — please share the stories you’re currently digging. I’m always looking for recos!

Signing off with three letters…

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