Ep. 20: The Poor Woman (A Quiet Year)

I’ll finish this and we’ll just have a quiet year. We’ll hunker down with our jobs and our apartment. The days will run right. We’ll have a quiet year.

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I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstart. Audible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. However, one title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy, that is not available on Audible, is:

“Whitney” by Joe Stracci

Download the ebook or buy a paper copy of “Whitney” on Amazon.

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Ep. 19: There Is No Harm Here

The lights are on—and then eventually, they are more on.

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Read this episode’s script (as well as the entire IBSWTD archive) at medium.com/@ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

"No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy

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Ep. 18: You'll Prove to Yourself Just How Disillusioned You Are

You will not be laid to rest in the depths of the Washington State Convention Center.

You will, however, feel like dying there.

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Read this episode’s script (as well as the entire IBSWTD archive) at medium.com/@ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

"Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk

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Ep. 17: The Food My Mother Made, Pt. 2

Food is one of the strongest carriers of memory, of tradition.

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Read this episode’s script (as well as the entire IBSWTD archive) at medium.com/@ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan

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The New York Times Magazine article that I mentioned is called “Memories of Meals Past.” It was published on October 30th, 2015.

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Ep. 16: The Food My Mother Made, Pt. 1

I’m about to flog my mother’s cooking.

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Read this episode’s script (as well as the entire IBSWTD archive) at medium.com/@ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan

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The New York Times Magazine article that I mentioned at the beginning of the show is called “Memories of Meals Past.” It was published on October 30th, 2015.

The epigraph is from a New York Times piece by Jacques Pépin called “Jacques Pépin’s Food Memories.” It was published on December 8th, 2015.

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Ep. 15: Thirty Years of Christmas Eve

Thirty years ago, an initial Christmas that lives on only as a wooden ornament, a popular children’s television show character cradling the appropriate numeral, a red ribbon, a slow, steady cursive on the back: 1984.

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Read this episode’s script (as well as the entire IBSWTD archive) at medium.com/@ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstart. Audible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris

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Ep. 14: Technology Coach

For such a fastidious person, my mother couldn't keep a computer digitally clean to save her life.

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Read this episode’s script (as well as the entire IBSWTD archive) at medium.com/@ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“The Cartel” by Don Winslow

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Ep. 13: Father Engine

Once, when you were young, you and your father were in the car driving down a city street. A siren blared out from behind. Your father pulled over and took the opportunity to explain the laws for emergency vehicles.

“Pull over. Give them room. Where those trucks are going, people needed help.”

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Today’s episode was produced by Joe Stracci, and written by Ryan Mecklenburg.

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I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” by Michael Chabon

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Ep. 12: Carry That Awareness With You

Summer vacation writing assignments were always prompted with: how I spent my summer vacation.

So here’s mine.

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I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“Book of Numbers” by Joshua Cohen

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Ep. 11: Big Cleansing Breath

The birth of a baby isn’t anything like they show you in the movies.

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I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times” by Jennifer Worth

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Happy 2 Months, Marley Marl!

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Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 of I Better Start Writing This Down—coming in October of 2015.

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The Harry Houdini audio featured in the trailer is from The Public Domain Review.

Oh, and I’ve never been terribly annoying about this, so allow me this one time to say that, if at all possible, please listen to this trailer on your very best pair of headphones. It’s worth it, I promise.

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Ep. 10: Brendan O’Connor

“Ocean, don’t be afraid./The end of the road is so far ahead/it is already behind us.”

Mementos:

“Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana” by Michael Azerrad

The Audio-Technica LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable

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The poem featured in today’s episode is called “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong” by Ocean Vuong and was originally published in The New Yorker.

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I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain” by Charles R. Cross

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Ep. 9: I’m Going Back For Your Mother

There are three out-of-context facts that I want to give you at the beginning of this. They deal with sneakers, gloves, and drifts.

Mementos:

A box of four pairs of HotHands Hand Warmers

An LE LED Headlamp, which has 18 White LEDs and 2 Red LEDs, the latter for SOS mode. It has 4 different brightness levels, and includes 3 AAA batteries.

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Consider supporting the show at patreon.com/ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“The Shining” by Stephen King

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Ep. 8: Drive Me Crazy Forever (Wild World)

I want to tell you about what would turn out to be the last Christmas present my mother would ever give me.

Mementos:

The Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge

The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

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Consider supporting the show at patreon.com/ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss

As an educator, my mother loved Dr. Seuss. “Horton Hears a Who” wasn’t her favorite Dr. Seuss book, but it was up there. And the best part? The Audible version I’m directing you to is narrated by Dustin Hoffman. Yes, that Dustin Hoffman. To download “Horton Hears a Who” for free, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstart.

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Ep. 7: The Most Fruitful Period of My Creative Life

I always thought I’d be terrified to fly in an airplane.

Mementos:

The Long Winters’ EP ‘Ultimatum.’

The Sony MDR-7506, which are really affordable professional-grade headphones.

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Consider supporting the show at patreon.com/ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving

“Owen Meany” was my mom’s favorite novel. She always told me that I should read it, and I never did. I’m going to now though. To download “A Prayer for Owen Meany” for free, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstart.

Here’s the episode of Song Exploder that I mentioned. If you like music, I can’t recommend Song Exploder enough.

Here’s the episode of Roderick on the Line that I included two clips from. If you like philosophy and laughing and early 70’s Suburbans and the history of the Nazis, I can’t recommend Roderick on the Line enough. And thanks to fellow RotL fan, @capnmariam, for finding the episode for me.

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Ep. 6: From Not Home, To Home

When I sat down to write about loss, I realized: I do not want to be forced by grief to learn how to process it.

But can you prepare yourself?

Mementos:

The essay collection “Running After Antelope” by Scott Carrier

The memoir “The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life—His own” by David Carr

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Consider supporting the show at patreon.com/ibetterstart.

I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love and the Meaning of Life” by Alison Gopnik

“The Philosophical Baby” is my favorite parenting book that I’ve read so far. To download “The Philosophical Baby” for free, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstart.

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Ep. 5: I Didn’t Even Ask to Be Born

Since my daughter, Luna, was born in April of 2013, my wife and I have used the same voice to impersonate her.

One of my favorite lines of Luna Speak was a specific phrase.

It was funny to us; it felt appropriate. Even at six, seven, eight months old, it seemed to be exactly what she was thinking, even saying, at the moment.

Mementos:

The essay collection “Loitering” by Charles D’Ambrosio

The Blue Yeti USB Microphone

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I Better Start Writing This Down is sponsored by Audible. For a free audiobook download and a 30 day free trial, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstartAudible has over 150,000 titles to choose from. One title that I think IBSWTD listeners would enjoy is:

“This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording”

“This Is Water” is the commencement address that Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005, an address that has taken on a life of its own. It’s one of my favorite sources of daily inspiration. To download “This Is Water” for free, go to audibletrial.com/ibetterstart.

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