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

These Biscuits

August 16th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

FLEW 2,367 MILES CROSS COUNTRY TO SEE THIS BISCUIT

WAS ALSO EQUALLY INTERESTED IN EATING THE OTHER BISCUIT, PICTURED IN FRONT OF HER 💛

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Quiet Area

August 7th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

To the woman sitting at the table next to me SHOUTING AT AN AIRLINE ON HER PHONE, please note the carefully placed decorative wood blocks that remind us (you) that one comes to Ojai for quietude and reflection and presentness, and that the ONLY PERMITTED LOUD THING IS MY TRANQUILITY POOL OUTFIT.

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America is a Gun

August 5th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

England is a cup of tea.
France, a wheel of ripened brie.
Greece, a short, squat olive tree.
America is a gun.

Brazil is football on the sand.
Argentina, Maradona’s hand.
Germany, an oompah band.
America is a gun.

Holland is a wooden shoe.
Hungary, a goulash stew.
Australia, a kangaroo.
America is a gun.

Japan is a thermal spring.
Scotland is a highland fling.
Oh, better to be anything
than America as a gun.

– Brian Bilston

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Even the Cows

July 30th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

Beaver County, Oklahoma. The owner of a beautiful cattle ranch drives me around, showing me the ropes, literally ropes and prairie dogs and fences and SO MANY BEAUTIFUL COWS. We come upon the first part of the herd. They are gentle and almost sleepy looking and approach us, curiously.

Owner: so yeah! All of the cows are about three months pregnant.

Me:….what?

Owner: this is a breeding ranch!

Me: So….all of those cows are pregnant.

Owner: that’s right!

Me: AM I PREGNANT?

Owner: I don’t know, are you?

Me: AM I COW?

Owner: I don’t…..

Me: *LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY / RUNS INTO AND BECOMES COW*

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THIS LAND WAS THEIRRRR LAND

July 26th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

THIS LAND WAS NOT OURRRR LAND

Bless you Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City For this striking image. Traveling all over Oklahoma for the next week, researching the Oklahoma! Musical TV show (WHAT EVEN? I DON’T KNOW) that I’ve been contracted to develop. Hoping to absorb the state so I can capture it truthfully. SO MUCH TO LEARN / SOMETHING CALLED AN ONION BURGER TO EAT

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BLOGSTREET’S BACK; ALRIGHT

July 23rd, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

DEAR THE FIVE PEOPLE WHO NOTICED MY BLOG WAS DOWN FOR SIX WHOLE DAYS: ‘DATABASE ISSUES (?) HAVE BEEN RESOLVED, and my low grade panic that ensues when I have nowhere to put my thoughts and questions like Why is it called a pretzel and what actually are boobs HAS SUBSIDED. Usually when my blog is down, I spiral with the free fall of not mattering, I feel like my brain is seeping through my ears and there’s nothing to catch it. But I’m proud to announce that this time, I did not fully panic, as I normally do, but tried things like ‘living in world’ and ‘not worrying that I don’t exist if I don’t blog.’ There is nothing profound about this space, nothing revolutionary, but its where I put myself, every day, or every other day. It’s where my brain lives. When it’s gone it’s like all mirrors loose their reflection. Thank you, 5 people, for your panicked texts, and for reading, for looking at me. Here’s to twelve more years, and then twelve more even, when blogs live inside of our Eyes.

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POWER MOVE

July 18th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

WALKIN’ INTO THIS PITCH MEETING WITH A BROKEN SHOE LIKE ‘I DON’T GIVE AN F THAT MY SHOE IS BROKEN’ AND INVITING QUESTIONS LIKE ‘WHAT’S HER DEAL, CAN SHE NOT AFFORD SHOES?’ AND ‘DOES SHE BUY ALL OF HER SHOES FROM INSTAGRAM ADS?’ AND RESPONDING TO THIS QUESTION WITH WORDS LIKE ‘YES’ AND ‘FO SHO’ AND ‘WHERE ELSE DOES ONE BUY SHOES?’

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FOME

July 6th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

Fear Of Missing Earthquake

Because if the earth quakes beneath your home and you’re conveniently out of town and not there to feel it WON’T IT QUAKE EVEN MORE WHEN YOU RETURN SO THAT YOU DON’T FEEL LEFT OUT OF A TERRIFYING LIFE EXPERIENCE THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO UNITE YOU WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS / IS THIS NOT HOW SCIENCE WORKS?

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HAPPY 4TH FROM OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON

July 4th, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

LAND OF TRUTH; OPTIMISM; BATHROOM WALL SCRAWLS LIKE ‘ABORT THE PATRIARCHY;’ RECYCLED PAPER COMMUNITY JOURNALS BEARING MESSAGES OF HOPE

ALSO VEGAN SAUSAGE; TREES. No but really it’s hard to feel fully patriotic these days but I feel grateful for my freedom (TO EAT MEAT MADE OUT OF PLANTS, SHOULD I WANT THAT.)

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COMEDY, EVERYWHERE

July 2nd, 2019 by Bekah Brunstetter

Nothing is without humor. Nothing ever. You can always find it. People say the wrong things at funerals, joke about their cancer. Infertility can be, and should, hilarious. While you wait for your doctor, look close. Keep looking past the Sad, the Not. THERE ARE TINY SPERM STICKERS ON THE WINDOW.

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