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

A Generation Generalization

December 9th, 2013 by Bekah Brunstetter

I love how This American Life forces me to think and ponder humans and life all before 9 AM. This morning: Unconditional Love. Apparently, pre-1950s, Love wasn’t even a part of psychology textbooks. Love was not considered an integral part of a parent / child relationship. In fact, parents were warned to not kiss their children more than once a year, lest the children become ‘overkissed,’ which I figure means too needy / fragile / sensitive. Then Harry Harlow came along with his monkey experiment which proved a baby’s need for its mother’s comfort and warmth. Sixty years later, after sixty years of our mothers loving and kissing and complimenting and cuddling and coddling and hugging us aggressively, opening, warmly, I’d say that people are more open to their feelings, more comfortable expressing themselves and expressing love; but also, crazier, driven to therapy, to broken relationships, to bad poetry. Basically, we have like 7,000 more feelings. I say this with the authority of a person who was not alive in 1950, and has never taken a Psychology Class, and who just yesterday learned how to put air in her tires. I of course had to call my Daddy about it, who talked me through it, after assuring me that I am the most incredible person who has ever lived throughout all of time.

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Wherever you go, There you are (with hipsters)

August 12th, 2011 by Bekah Brunstetter

Pardon me while I note something that I’m sure NO ONE HAS EVER NOTED BEFORE.

Note: I’m noticing that every urban area has a Williamsburg. In Brooklyn, it’s, well, it’s Williamsburg. LA: Silver Lake and Echo Park. Chicago: Wicker Park and Logan Square. Ingredients include fixed gear bikes, old cocker spaniels with limps, girls in funny shoes and vintage dresses, 2 dollars PBR’s, at least one American Apparel, and very expensive sushi. And while I have no tattoos and, let’s be honest, have spent the Summer in the rainbow flip flops of Southern couture, I find these things familiar and comforting.

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Funny looking person! of the Day!

July 26th, 2011 by Bekah Brunstetter

Fans, meet Colonel Alfred H. Terry, or, I’ve decided, Steve Buscemi’s Grandfather. I stumbled across his likeness while searching for a picture that properly represented studying for the bar (Friend is taking the NY one today, and I was going to say something to the affect of, I could never do that.) but instead, I think we should all take a moment and celebrate this funny looking person, and reflect on how funny looking we all are. (But some are just moreso than others.)

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July 23rd, 2011 by Bekah Brunstetter

This week on Bekah Blogs about Dresses while more Important things are Happening, the perfect long black dress has officially been discovered hiding in a Nordstrom Rack in Annapolis. It’s pretty much perfect for the 101 degree weather as it allows one to pretend one is wearing clothes, while really not wearing that much clothes at all.

But seriously, these tragedies in Norway, such a peaceful place, are really really sad and strange. Even stranger / sadder that both were supposedly executed by a Norwegian citizen, angered by immigration policy.

Let us all now live in fear of popped collars; suspicious chin hair.

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January 17th, 2011 by Bekah Brunstetter

“I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever now-a-days. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.”

True that, Oscar Wilde. Sometimes I find cleverness in other people really exhausting and hard to keep up with. I prefer my companions to have a delicate mixture of cleverness and simplicity: or, the ability to talk about sandwiches / what either of us are wearing / the weather / Teen Mom.

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A Night at the Museum

September 2nd, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

Liz and I went to the Natural History Museum hoping to learn about the earth; be generally erudite. But instead, we were discouraged to find that we had forgotten everything we learned in second grade. So instead, we meandered about like faux- Rachel Zoe’s, having profound conversations like, when at the wall of Sea and Worm Creatures:

Me: So wait, are these things real, or like, not real?

Liz:…….I think the things in the Jars are real. But the other things aren’t real.

Or, in ancient China exhibit, of a old linen outfit:

Me: I would wear that. Like I would really wear that.

Or, of the whole time:

Liz: how cool would it be if like Robin Williams and or Ben Stiller were here?

Me: So. Cool.

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Whatever it Takes

September 1st, 2010 by Bekah Brunstetter

Here is where I get all erudite and ‘I am reading this amazing book right now.’ So I am reading this amazing book right now, pictured above. Andy suggested I read it, for a deeper look into inner city schools. So this amazing guy, Geoffrey Canada, started the Harlem’s Children Zone in an effort to better the quality of life and FUTURE life for Harlem kids. He raised millions of dollars, and started programs for high schoolers on down to pregnant Mothers.

Basically, he grew tired of only being able to save / help a few children, whoever he could afford to let into his programs – he wanted to impact EVERYONE. His solution: to start early. Before birth. Because there is this huge discrepancy in the cognitive and learning abilities between poor and middle / upper class children.

When I was little, without even KNOWING it, my parents made education and success a priority – I was constantly instructed, learned social codes, and was encouraged to ask questions (Mom/ Dad do you remember doing this? I bet you did, and I bet YOU didn’t even realize it.) But kids from lower-class homes: their parents have a COMPLETELY different set of priorities, and raise their children  differently. Not that it’s all bad. Kids from lower-class homes are more inclined to talk about how they feel, express themselves, but aren’t as familiar or comfortable with rules / the structure of school as their peers.

I haven’t finished the book yet, but so far, I’ve watched Canada struggle through pouring all of this funding into a new school for middle school kids, Promise Academy – and STILL the kids can’t get their test scores up, with extra attention, test prep, etc.

All in all, it makes me grateful that I was raised how I was. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I spent a fair amount of time outside making ‘stew’ out of grass and rocks, and playing circus, and reading babysitter’s club, but somehow somewhere, education as a priority was ingrained in me.

I just wrote a 5 paragraph essay. Look at me, doing my homework. This is the fifth paragraph, in which I sum up, so uh, thank you for reading this essay.

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Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


Happy earth day, ladies and gents! Today, may your coffee cups be biodegradable; may you bike and recycle and use your nylon grocery bags and cool metal water bottle things. Meh. Hippies. I’m kidding! I’m kidding!

I’m attempting to do my part by working on my piece for Global Cooling: The Women Chill, the site specific project for the Women’s Project. In my playlette, a group of actors are hired to play the Sun, The Wind, The Earth, and A VOLCANO!!!! – and as things go awry in their skit, I dramatically explore my own ignorance of the earth’s problems. In a funny, awkward sort of way. Honestly, though I’ve learned a lot and it’s been really eye opening. I pretty much want to hug polar bears, all the time, and I have single handedly started a USE LESS PAPER movement in my office.

In other, yet earth-related news –


How terrifying are renditions of Mother Earth?? HER BRA IS MADE OF CLOUDS. THERE ARE TREES GROWING IN HER HAIR.

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undo send

March 25th, 2009 by Bekah Brunstetter


Hi, and welcome to my nerdpost.

As if we need any more evidence that we are currently living inside of  the Future – Gmail has just announced a new feature for users – after an email is sent – an ‘Undo Send’ button will pop up for 5 seconds, allowing the sender to, well, unsend what they just said/sent/drunkwrote.

In Outlook, you can recall an email, but then it sends an email out to everyone – MESSAGE RECALLED – which just makes everyone salivate, wondering what terrible thing you didn’t mean to say. This new Gmail feature takes it a step further – it’s literally like it never happened. We can officially unsay things. We are officially robots, and should all have hovercrafts.

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September 11th, 2008 by Bekah Brunstetter

Complicated Dinosaur Comic time.


Okay, time’s up.

My brain hurts.

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