bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY
playwright in brooklyn, NY

babies of instagram

August 4th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

I know that I live in LA and sometimes I watch John Hamm eat ravioli but the REAL celebs in my life are my cousins’ babies. I follow them on instagram, I see them take their first steps / chew their first grapes. I pretend to know them even if we’ve never met. Today I got to real life meet Carson, cousin Ella’s squishy little man. I played it cool at first, but eventually attacked him / told him I was a big fan of his work /  asked him for his autograph / he said sure / grabbed my boob.

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August 3rd, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

Things that have not changed in the last 30 years:

1.) My inability to not eat gummy bears if they are present

2.) The room where I stay in my grandparents’ house

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August 2nd, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

My parents have been going to the same church since I was 3, so I’ve gotten to see it morph  to keep up with the times and also possibly the Kardashians over the  years. There’s an armed cop in the lobby, the Pastor’s on twitter, you can tithe via text, pretty much everyone’s in jeans,  there are three services: traditional, less traditional, and you are practically not even at church at all, greetings are given to those ‘watching at home online,’ and MOST RECENTLY:

But the same spirit of love and generosity and genuine worship prevailed as we connected to wifi / took notes on our phones / snuck pictures of the sanctuary for our blog.  Numbers that coordinated to bad children flashed above the wireless password, and parents snuck out  to rescue them from some tormented sunday school teacher. That was me when I was wee, coloring in Abraham drawings, misbehaving, unaware of where I even was.

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the North Carolina wine industry: facts

August 1st, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

1. It exists. And it’s beautiful.

2. It is surrounded by Amish people, who make a great sandwich.

3. My parents and I went wine tasting in it.

4. They serve you cheezits and vanilla wafers as pairings.

5. A lot the plots used to be on tobacco farms. I love this. Trading one vice for another.

6. Some of the vineyards boast that they are like Napa, like Sonoma, but with less pretense about the wine. More cheezits, and with sections on their tasting menus like ‘Fun and Creative’ wines.

7. There is TV or feature idea in here somewhere that I must crack but I

8. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzwineduringtheday

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some news is news

July 31st, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m not sure if you’ve been following the progression of this piece of plane found off an island near Madagascar, but being that I must understand all and every plane crash, I of course have. I’ve been checking in each morning with a sick longing for certainty that this part indeed belonged to the lost Malaysian plane, while trying not to imagine a piece of one of the four planes I’m about to board over the next few weeks bobbing off the coast of Africa, forgotten and barnacled.  Here’s what has been the progression of the news:

- Hey we found a piece of a plane! Maybe it’s from that lost plane!

- Okay so we looked at it, and we have determined that yes, it is a piece of a plane, and also, there is a missing plane.

- Okay so we looked at it even more, and now we can say with certainty that it is maybe part of that plane.

- Okay guys, it is definitely maybe part of that plane.

- HEY GUESS WHAT HUGE NEWS! We are 100 percent certain that it is definitely possible that it’s part of that plane!


It is maddening. More than anything, I want peace and answers for the families, who have now been waiting some 500 days for news. I hope they get this.

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how to buy your parents’ love

July 30th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

My daughter flew home from California to visit and all she brought me are these Sees candies she clearly just bought last minute at the airportIdon’tcarejustGIVETHEMTOMENOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW


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pre-check: a haiku

July 29th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

Walk with arrogance

You are not a terrorist

You saved ten minutes

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this is 33

July 28th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

Me: I don’t what the deal is, but the last few times I’ve had my teeth cleaned, it’s hurt really bad. Just a heads up in case I leap out of the chair and actually punch you in the face while you’re trying to clean them.

Very nice Hygenist: Looks like your gums in your bottom teeth are receding, is that where it –


Hygenist: Yep. Receding gums.

Me: How can I, ah. Grow them back?

Hygenist: You can’t. The damage is irreparable. You’re old. Your mouth is full of old candies and skeletons and dust.

Me: Geez.

Hygenist: Open for me.

Me: Okay but so how can I prevent the gums from receding more?

Hygenist: You need to floss.

Me:…Oh, so I should floss?

Hygenist: Yes.

Me: Like dentists have been telling me to do since I was six but I haven’t so much been doing?

Hygenist: ….Yes.



Hygenist: Congrats!

Me: Okay, now I will finally really start to floss, now that I understand that if I don’t, my teeth will slide out of my head.

Hygenist: Great! Open.

Me: Do I get a sticker?

Hygenist: No but you do get a bill.

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July 27th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

I’m heading home to North Carolina for a few days, and the forecast says BASICALLY NOTHING BUT THUNDERSTORMS, the thick and fast and Summerkind that cancel swim meets.  I just cannot wait. While I grew up not stoked on storms, feared them in fact,   I now live in LA where it is basically Pleasantville 95% of the time to the point where you just sort of hum around in your car in pursuit of kale — and so  I LONG FOR STORMS. I want them to shake the house and flood the yard and trap me inside. I can’t wait to smell them coming, watch the parking lot darken as clouds gather and erupt as I hide inside the TJMaxx, exit seven minutes later into lavender, bikram life.

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all dogs

July 26th, 2015 by Bekah Brunstetter

When you grow up with a certain kind of dog (for me: Tanner — yellow lab) — everyone dog you meet that is like that dog, for the rest of your life,  becomes your dog. It is the spirit of your very dog brought back to life to again be your dog, for you. Fortunately the surrogate dogs don’t so much mind you placing this metaphysical theatricality onto them, as they only want to be paid attention to, regardless of whether or not you understand who they actually are.

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