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Fall Movies

Hola Hart Beat! One of the best things I’ve started doing since moving back to the Berkshires was implement a Tuesday Night Movies ritual with my friends and family.

In the city, it was so expensive to go to the movies and I never felt like I really had time. Here in the Berkshires, there are two small local theaters within a twenty-minute drive of where I live and so there’s always something good to see. Plus, both theaters have a Tuesday night deal where any movie is $6.00. Score. The only problem is that because we only have a handful of screens, movies only will stick around for a week or two.

What that means is that every Tuesday, my friends and family have a standing date at one of the theaters. As my friend Kasha says, “A bad movie is always better than no movie at all.” And so, every Tuesday, no matter what’s at The Triplex or The Beacon, we go to the movies.

The ones that I’ve liked particularly the last few months have been Leave No TraceCrazy Rich AsiansEighth Grade, and Three Identical Strangers. If you haven’t seen any of them go, go, go, go!!

And here are a few trailers for ones that I’m excited to see:


Ethan Hawk AS A GRANDFATHER jdkfjdksfjdksfjdkls^^^

What have you seen recently, Hart Beat? Anything good? Anything bad? I’ll talk movies anytime!

Top photo from Crazy Rich Asians, second photo from Eight Grade.
First trailer is for Juliet, Naked, second is for Colette, and third is for McQueen.

Dreaming of Warmer Weather (Three Things)

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It’s too snowy to drive to any coffee shop to work today (snow storm # one million) so I’m bundled up in my down jacket while the fire in my studio breaks the temperature from freezing to something bearable. Once it’s warm I’m back to the G.D. book but for now let’s distract ourselves with a few things that I’ve been on my mind. Thank Sweet Baby Yeezus in two weeks from today I’ll be surfing and sunning in Costa Rica for a week officially taking a break from the winter and writing. What’s keeping you going in the cold this week, Hart Beat?

This poem from February’s Poetry Magazine by James Brown.

Waiheke

You yearn so much
you could be a yacht.
Your mind has already
set sail. It takes a few days
to arrive

at island pace,
but soon you are barefoot
on the sand,
the slim waves testing
your feet

like health professionals.
You toe shells, sea glass, and odd things
that have drifted for years
and finally
washed up here.

You drop your towel
and step out of
your togs, ungainly,
first
your right foot, then

the other
stepping down
the sand
to stand
in the water.

There is no discernible
difference
in temperature.
You breaststroke in
the lazy blue.

A guy passing in a rowboat
says, “Beautiful, isn’t it?”
And it is. Your body
afloat in salt
as if cured.

This song by Drake that I keep playing while driving around the county, imagining myself instead, running on a beach into salty, warm ocean water.

Drinking as much Six Depot Costa Rica coffee that I can get my hands on. It’s the best coffee in The Berkshires (IMO) and I can’t get enough of it this week. It is currently defrosting my fingers as we speak.

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The top photo was taken by me three years ago in Costa Rica.

Illustrated Movie Posters

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Hola, Hart Beat! I may not have a personal home right now (hi family!) but that doesn’t mean that I’m not dreaming of decorating the next apartment I’ll live in. Again, taking sales pitches for cities right now.

What I would love is to have a full frame wall with art that I already own and things I’d like to add. Right now I’m swooning over these posters. Most of them are from romantic movies that I love. I think my favorite is the top one from Lost in Translation. It’s one of my favorite movies, especially the scene. Have you seen it, Hart Beat? If you haven’t I highly recommend it for this summer watch list.

Aren’t they amazing? P.S. For other home inspirations check out the Pinterest board I’ve been collecting for a while.

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Hannah Hart Beat - Movie Poster

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David Sedaris - Hannah Hart Beat

Theft by Finding, what I’m reading right now

David Sedaris - Hannah Hart Beat

Hi, Hart Beat. How are you this Monday? I’ve been seeing on Instagram today that it is hot hot hot in the rest of the country but, here on this idyllic island in Maine, it’s chilly and the fog has decided to hang over the island all day. It’s okay though, I’ve gotten lots of writing done this morning and this afternoon I’m going to hold up and read the pile of books that I have next to me.

Speaking of reading, I wanted to write to you about a book that has just come out that I am loving. Do you know David Sedaris? I wrote about him briefly once back in 2013 and I’m surprised he hasn’t come up since then. Sedaris is hands down one of my lifelong favorite authors. My parents introduced my brother and me to the author when we were young. My mom has always loved him and bought all of his books on audio to listen to them in the car. To this day, I still listen to Sedaris reading his own books almost every day. As you might know, Hart Beat, I have a hard time falling asleep so often I will listen to books on tape to help fall asleep. For the past three years or so I’ve been rotating through all of Sedaris’s books. Right now I’m on Naked and laugh still to this day on most of his writing, even though I’ve heard it a million times.

There’s something comforting about Sedaris and the stories he tells about his family, his boyfriend, and his life now. Last month, Sedaris’s newest book was published and I’m currently halfway through listening to the stories. The book is a little different from his usual memoir style short stories. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977 – 2002) is what it’s title suggests, David Sedaris’s daily diary entries from the years 1977 to 2002. Sedaris is famous not only for his hilarious and gut-wrenching prose but also for his commitment to daily diary writing. We are lucky as humans that the author has decided to let us into his private writings and inner world. Often times interestingly mundane, the collection of diary entries allows us as readers to sit beside Sedaris during his early days as a struggling author and his early days of success.

If you’re a Sedaris fan there are two other pieces I’d recommend to you. The first is his newest short story, “Why Aren’t You Laughing?” published in The New Yorker this past June. The second is his most recent interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air from this past May. I loved listening to it.

Anyway, that’s all the news from the Island today. Hope you’re doing well, Hart Beat.

Photo of Sedaris via the author.

The Philadelphia Story - Hannah Hart Beat

Four Internet Things for You

The Philadelphia Story - Hannah Hart Beat

Evening, Hart Beat. How was your Sunday? For me, it was a lazy day here in Maine. I played tennis with my aunt, took a (perhaps too long nap), and made dinner for me and my Grandmother. Tonight, I’ve just been poking around the internet and thought I’d share a few things that I’ve seen recently and really enjoyed. I think you might like them too, Hart Beat.

  1. The 25 Best Flims of the 21st Century. So Far. According to The New York Times.
    There are obvious choices like There Will Be Blood and Moonlight but a few that surprised me. How many have you seen, Hart Beat?
  2. Nail art from Chillhouse on Instagram.
    The new wellness coffee shop and spa in New York, founded by beloved Cyndi Ramirez of Taste the Style, is owning my post-Brooklyn Instagram right now. I’m screen grabbing almost all the nail looks to take with me into the fall.
  3. The Most Intimate Photograph in The New Yorker.
    Not only is the photograph alarmingly beautiful but I love what writer Chris Wiley has to say about it.
  4. Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Katherine Hepburn’s Trousers from the archives of The Hairpin
    I just rewatched one of my favorite movies, The Philadelphia Story, which stars Hepburn as the wittiest socialite you’ll ever find. Of course, immediately I went online reading after and thank goodness because never have I read a more scandalous Hollywood tale.

Talk tomorrow, Hart Beat.

The photo up top a press release from The Philadelphia Story. Pictured are Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart.

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4 Great New Podcasts

Hi Hart Beat! Hope you’re day is going well. I have some exciting news from the podcast world! The producers behind the hit shows This American Life and Serial have a new show coming out today! I want to shout it from the rooftops but, I’ll just tell you here instead.

S-Town reads like any other public radio show until boom, a minute into the preview you learn that the show is a multi-episode saga behind a small town murder. The best part? Today not only is the premier of S-Town BUT all the episodes in the series are dropping today for your binge-listening pleasure.

In the honor of this new, sure to be a good show, here are four other new-ish podcasts that I’ve been loving and think you might too.

Missing Richard Simmons. This show is only a six-part arch that is 100% worth listening to in one go. My brother first told me about it and I think I inhaled the entire thing in days. The show is produced by a friend of the famous Richard Simmons and it follows his attempt to get in touch with his friend. Why? Because, apparently, Richard Simmons hasn’t been seen or heard from in years. Right?! Crazy and unbelievable. Listen and you’ll see.

Pod Save America. Yes, I’ve almost given up on politics podcasts. The news is depressing and I’m just not in the mood to pull my ears out of my head all day long. But, this new podcast, hosted by the speechwriters for President Obama during his time in the White House, is almost okay to listen to. The show is adamantly pretty bro-y but the guys on the show own up to their background and the fact that they hate Trump. It’s nice to listen to smart, in the know people talk about what a shit-show our current politics are.

The Hilarious World of Depression. This is one of my favorite new discoveries even though it is about something as horrible as depression. The show hosts interviews with famous comedians and celebrities who have depression. It’s amazing, human, and so enlighting to a disease that so many people suffer from. In fact, I can guarantee you that even if you don’t know for sure someone you know has or is suffering from depressing. Listening to smart people talk about life with depression is invaluable and, as it turns out, entertaining.

What about you, Hart Beat? Have you heard any good podcasts lately?

P.S. Charts about Serial.

P.P.S. Another new show that you might love, Making Oprah.

Superstore

Let’s face it, Hart Beat. There’s a lot out there in the TV universe right now. Too much, honestly if you want my opinion. Every channel has something to offer and now that Hulu and Netflix are making original content, there is even more. So, the question begs itself, what’s my favorite new show on the air right now.

Yes, I’ve seen This is Us, and that’s not it. Yes, I’ve watched The Path, The Mindy Project, and Rick and Morty. All are great TV and I enjoy them all but, my favorite show right now is one that isn’t garnering as much press and so I thought I’d tell you about it. Have you seen Superstore yet, Hart Beat?

The show, starring America Ferrera, is a network show airing on NBC. It’s a half-hour sitcom with a motley cast of characters. The show isn’t big (like The Crown), it’s not slapstick funny (like Silicon Valley), and it’s not star-studded (like Big Little Lies) but, it has so much heart. And that’s why I love it.

Superstore has a similar story line as other office comedies. It’s similar to The Office and Parks and Recs in that way. The show takes place in big, box store and follows the people who work there. There is a store manager and an assistant manager that have a troubling relationship. There are lovable side stories with the supporting cast. And, most importantly, there is a budding romance at the center of the show. America Ferrera plays the lead and has an ongoing flirtation with her co-worker Jonah played by Ben Feldman.

In the show, not crazily dissimilar to The Office, America Ferrera’s character is in a relationship (this time married with a teenage daughter) and Jonah is a single, fun loving guy who is unknowingly in love with Ferrera’s character. I love the relationship between Amy and Jonah. It’s so sweet and innocent that I could watch them talk forever and ever. The show is 100% comfort food and I love it.

Not to gush (okay we’re passed that point) but, the other reason I love the show is that it has reintroduced me to America Ferrera. It’s been years since she was really on my celebrity radar but now she’s all over it. Her Instagram is now my favorite and, I felt like a proud little sister when she announced last night’s episode of Superstore was her directorial debut. This woman is amazing and I love her.

Have you heard of or seen Superstore, Hart Beat? If you haven’t don’t waste any time! It’s on Hulu and boom, your night’s plans have been made.

Photos one and two are of the show and the last (glamour) shot of Ferrera is via her Instagram.

Will You Accept This Rose?

Will You Accept this Rose? - Hannah Hart Beat

2017 has been the year of new starts and that does not only this apply to my technology choices and bathing routines. I’ve also started watching a new TV show that has circulated in my world for yearssss. Do you watch The Bachelor, Hart Beat?

STOP RIGHT THERE. I know. I know and I’m sorry. I know there are so many things wrong with the show. It’s trashy, humiliating, and poorly made but god is it good. I won’t go into the show last night because I feel like at this point, you know all about it. What I do want to talk about is a great Bachelor podcast that I am currently obsessed with.

Will You Accept this Rose? is hosted by Arden Myrin and Erin Foley who are both L.A. based actors and comedians as well as super Bachelor fans. The podcast has been around for the last few seasons and comes out a day or two after each episode of The Bachelor or Bachelorette airs. They often have great comedians on the show who are also fans so if you’re into the whole L.A. comedy scene that’s always a nice surprise.

The reason to listen to this show? Will You Accept this Rose? is honestly more entertaining than watching the episodes. The hosts Arden and Erin are not funny on their own but they kill the show. They call out all the contestants on all their crap (like Nick’s weird way of eating beignets). They are all vulgar in the best way possible and love the show so genuinely that it makes me laugh out loud every time I listen. I mean, here’s a promo image they made for a live show:

Will You Accept this Rose? - Hannah Hart Beat

What could be more perfect, right? The hosts faces are in the heart that Nick is awkwardly holding! Anyway, do yourself a favor and listen to last week’s episode to prepare yourself for the finale happening this upcoming Monday. You will thank me in about two hours.

You can find Will You Accept this Rose?, produced by Nerdist, on any app that you find podcasts or just by clicking the name here and listening to it on your web browser.

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Art Before the Women’s March on Washington

Women's March on Washington

Hart Beat! Are you going to the Women’s March on Washington this weekend? I’ve spoken only a little about November 9th and what the election and its result has meant to me, my friends, my family, and my neighbors. Sometimes I feel like I have lots to say. And other times I read articles like this one from the NYT and start to cry on the subway again. Then there are the days that I’m so fired up and angry I can hardly sit still.

One thing that has helped has been listening to women. Women artists like Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim. Women artists like Cheryl Strayed and Zadie Smith. Women singers like Nina Simone and women reports like Ann Friedman. I’m going to be in Washington this weekend with hundreds of thousands of women and men and one thing that I’ve enjoyed lately is the official march’s Instagram account. They’ve been showing art by different women in preparation for the day and so I thought I’d share some of my favorites here with you. At the bottom of this post you can find their names and handles so you can follow them too. If you have others please let me know! See you in D.C., Hart Beat.

P.S. I found this article helpful for getting ready for the march. If you have any tips send them my way!

https://www.instagram.com/weezyvc/

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Artists in order of their appearance here,

  1. Louisa Cannell / @weezyvc
  2. Jennifer Maravillas / @jennifermaravillas
  3. Kimothy Joy / @kimothyjoy
  4. This is DYNASTY / @thisisdynasty