Hello Friends! I hope everyone is doing alright right now, because if I’m honest, I don’t know which way is up anymore.
These are odd times we’re living in. The weather is less than ideal, and we’re facing our individual existential dread on a daily basis. I’m exhausted, but I don’t know why. But, I’m guessing I’m not as tired as these guys:
Lately, I found myself sitting in silence, most of the time trying to gage whether or not my rising pulse was an indication of an oncoming anxiety attack or just a reaction to the latest political ad. There’s enough around us to get our blood boiling at least once every hour, and sometimes, taking a moment to listen to the sounds of your fridge or steps of your upstairs neighbor can help you realise that you aren’t really alone, and life will go on.
If you like a bit of silence, and a good book, I’d recommend Erling Kagge’s ‘Silence in the Age of Noise’. (See if your local bookstore is doing deliveries!)
Speaking of local bookstores, I stumbled across Gutter Bookshop during my first trip to Dublin. After indulging in a flaky delicacy at Queen of Tarts, I ambled down the alley towards Smock Alley, and was beckoned in by the smell of new books. The largest book on my shelf (apart from my Complete Works) is now Ulysses, which I purchased on that day.
Social media isn’t always the best method of communication, but I sure do enjoy the quick humour and sharp wit it can bring to the surface.
After highlighting the release of Emma Dabri’s ‘What White People Can Do Next”, we tagged both Amazon and Gutter Bookshop in our post, and I had a good chuckle at the local bookshop’s response.
I’m not sure if I’d call it an ad…but I wanted to take this moment to clarify my personal position. Buy local. Support local. Now more than ever.
Check out this LIST OF LOCAL BOOKSHOPS you can contact during Lockdown #2:
And for a spine chilling end to my post, here’s the ultimate Halloween post from Simon Delaney, who appeared on Stage Door Live with us as we focused on #IrishBornMusicalTheatre.
Now tell me:
What’s your favourite Halloween costume to date? (Pictures welcome!)
Take care of yourselves and each other. We’re going to get through this.