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

Travel photography 

April 7th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter


As suspected, Machu Picchu is, how they say, pretty okay. I am basically awe struck and humbled to have seen it at all. It is mystical and strange (they still aren’t sure exactly why it was constructed) and feels connected to something inexpressible from a very long time ago. Julien and I climbed  the highest mountain that either of us ever have climbed and I’m fairly certain I now share DNA with clouds. 


The best part about visiting  any natural wonder is when the wonder itself is so breathtaking that you know there’s no point in taking 100 pictures like everyone else seems to be doing, and that really the best way to capture the moment is to just truly inhabit it.

The second best part of visiting a natural wonder is the moment after you have a moment about how there is no need for pictures in which you TAKE A HUNDRED THEM.



The third best part is when you then put your camera away and return to your original moment in which you are just breathing everything in, the rocks and trees and histories, remembering (as Julien aptly pointed out) that the point of nature travel is to remind ourselves how very small we are, and from this woke and spiritual place, look upon others taking pictures with soft pity and disdain. They are tourists, you are a child of the earth. QUICK GET A PICTURE OF YOURSELF LOOKING LIKE A CHILD OF THE EARTH OH WAIT THERE’S SOME ALPACAS GET THOSE INSTEAD 

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Two planes / two buses / one train / lots of intention 

April 6th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

It’s quite the quest to get to Machu Picchu, which I think is one of the great things about it. There’s no ‘popping on over to.’ It’s definitely requires intention and planning and approximately 900 tickets. 


UT WHEN YOU FINALLY GET THERE, WELL, I’M NOT QUITE SURE IF ANYTHING HAS EVER BEEN SO WORTH IT. 


We don’t go into the actual ruins until tomorrow, at which point, I’m sure it will somehow be even MORE worth it, were that even humanly possible, 


OH WAIT YEP SUDDENLY BECAME EVEN MORE WORTH IT. 

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Fear: faced

April 5th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter


After much flights and much carbs and sweaty active wear and prayers and none sleep, Julien and I have made it to the Andes mountains in Peru! Cusco boasts one of the most dangerous airports in the world as it is surrounded by steep jagged mountains and about 900 layers of clouds that the plane must descend (plummet) through. After a brief 3 hour diversion at a local airport that I will call Alpaca as literally no one here speaks English, we finally landed in Cusco. It was stunning, it was terrifying, it was worth every moment, it was ZZZZZZZZ BUENOS NOCHES MONTAGNES 

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SPORTS WIN! 

April 4th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter


Last night my college sports team played in the big time sports game that all of the basketball sport people try really hard to get in all year! Last year they made it to the sports game, too, but didn’t score as many points as the other team, and so subsequently, they lost. But this year was a different sports story. I donned my sports hat and went to the bar to watch. There were a few other UNC sports fans also in attendance, and occasionally our eyes would meet and we would softly whisper to each other, sports. Our collective enthusiasm for the game clearly affected the players as they not only scored points but also blocked the other teams points from happening, thus keeping their own score more than that of the other team’s. When the clock ran out, they had the MOST points of any team playing in the game and they WON! Oh man. Sometimes it feels like sports is so much like life. But then I remember sports IS life. Everything else is just seasonal house decorations from Walgreens. 

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OMGODDESS

March 28th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter


When we started the American Gods writers room, I basically barreled in there like I CALL EASTER I WANT TO WRITE THE EASTER GODDESS EPISODE ALSO HI. As we all know I am clinically obsessed with Easter and order my honey ham weeks in advance. Luckily enough I was heard, and I then got to spend months researching my most favorite holiday. It has fascinating origins, pagan beginnings morphing into Christian worship. Egg hunts were once a pagan activity. Once Christians came into power, they would actually spot children hunting for eggs around the time of Ostara festival, follow the children home to their pagan parents, and then, you know, throw them in jail. These and other fascinating facts are maybe or maybe not included in my episode, which is also the season finale, last I heard, and which stars KRISTEN CHENOWETH. This press picture of her in her psychotically flower dress, her power beneath her whimsy, is everything I have ever needed or wanted. DONE! 

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Try and idea: words that aren’t friends 

March 21st, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter


Have you ever noticed that it’s actually impossible to try and have an idea? You can sit there and try and squint and try but it won’t come until the moment you stop trying completely. Switch to literally anything else and suddenly an idea happens. I’ve been looking for you for hours, you say! Idiot, says the idea, smug as it crawls back  up your fingers and arm and into your brain where it in fact has been living the whole time. 

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My life in a singular image 

March 20th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

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Fancy lite 

March 11th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

If you’re inquisitive about my level of fancy these days, I think that I’ve upgraded slightly from, say, a La Quinta Inn, and am solidly hanging at a Courtyard Marriott level, savoring these moments in life before I reach Hilton / Hyatt and above and can never come back down again. 

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Celebriducks.

February 23rd, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

I can remove myself from my involvement with This is Us and say with confidence that this week’s episode, Memphis, is the one of the top saddest, most beautiful episodes I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen at least ten to fifteen episodes of television. Morrison and I cried so much that Cracker literally came over just to see if we were okay. You have to watch it to get the significance of these Ducks, which are heartbreaking and breathtaking when they appear at the end, in a way that regular old ducks never quite have been. Clearly it has gone to these ducks’ heads,  as they now have a TWITTER PAGE.

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Progress (?)

February 9th, 2017 by Bekah Brunstetter

Today, on Cadbury Eggs And the People who Love Them: Shout out to my unmatchable will power. Just realized I’ve had this guy, a departing NC present from my Dad,  in my backpack for over a week and have yet to even sniff it. PEOPLE CAN CHANGE 

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