with Kent K. Chang
About a month ago I started working with a therapist (via the ingenuity of BetterHelp’s service) and he recommended this book to me during our last session: Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie (1986). Halfway in and I already started to think I found my new favorite work of nonfiction of all time (it’d been Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think since 2005).
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Watching Your Name Engraved Herein (Engraved thereafter) was an interesting experience: I thought it would be a real tearjerker, but I can’t say I was genuinely touched; everything felt oddly familiar. It didn’t wreck me the way Girlfriend, Boyfriend (Gf, Bf) did in 2012. And yet, I can’t stop thinking about it. In fact, I wanted to have a new blogging platform because I felt the desperate need to say something about it. I also translated—or, attempted at a poetic interpretation of—the theme song of the film. I’ve been listening to it basically nonstop for the last 72 hours straight. It’s incredible.