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Crush: A funny real life love story

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Friday! My best friend and college roommate C. just sent me the most adorable video. “Crush” is featured on The Atlantic website right now and tells the true life story of a couple meeting and falling in love. You have to watch it.

In this short film director Bianca Giaever and fashion designer Rachel Antonoff take on the subject of love. We meet Antonoff’s parents—well actually, we meet Antonoff’s parents as they meet and fall for each other in 1972. Done in a similar style as Giaever’s initial viral blockbuster, The Scared Is Scared, the film uses the voices of Rick and Shira (Antonoff’s parents) as they recall, and sometimes forget, exactly how their relationship blossomed. The film, which proves to be a family affair, stars Jack Antonoff (playing his father) opposite actress Gillian Jacobs of the television show Community. The cast also includes actresses Mae Whitman and Jenny Slate.

By Heart: All kinds of love in the world

One of my favorite new websites this winter is “By Heart.” The brilliant series by The Atlantic shares essays in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. One of the best that I’ve read is written by author Ron Carlson about his love for F. Scott Fitzgerald. 
Carlson writes, “When I was an undergraduate at the University of Utah, I wrote in a library book for the first and only time. I was reading a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called ‘The Sensible Thing.’ When I got to the last paragraph, a classic Fitzgerald line about lost love almost regained and lost again. It goes like this,

Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. 

“I couldn’t help myself. I think I wrote: Look at this! As if I were some kind of guide or imprimatur. There was an ache in it, an astonishing ache even in the context of the abundant rue and sorrow of Fitzgerald’s stories, and it felt so much bigger than me. It stirred me so deeply I had to leave some kind of mark.”
Beautiful, right? There is more to the essay here and I highly recommend reading the entire essay if your a writer, a reader, or even just a romantic.