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📚 A House Between Earth and the Moon by Rebecca Scherm: A few weeks ago, Jonah approached me in the Bay Area bookstore, Book Passage, holding this book at eye level. “Meet your new favorite book,” he said, basing his conviction entirely on the authors of the first three cover blurbs, Brit Bennett, Jia Tolentino, and Edan Lepucki. Set in the near future, the novel alternates between three perspectives while thrillingly imagining the implications of space travel as a means of escape, and the commodification of privacy. (This could, incidentally, function as a description for my own book, though imagined entirely differently. What I’m saying is: Scherm and I were separated at birth and this book is great.)
🎥 Petite Maman, available to rent on Apple TV: French director Céline Sciamma's 2019 movie Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of my favorites of all time, so I was immediately intrigued by her recent release, about a small girl who discovers a playmate in the forest behind her mother’s childhood home: her own mother, at eight years old. The movie is rendered so slowly it feels almost like watching a painting, though it’s never boring.
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