Dear Lauren Graham,
Can I call you Lauren from here on out? It would be so much easier…
So now that we have that out of the way. I finished your book Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) not that long ago. I listened to it on audio, so I kind of feel like we’re buddies now. You have a way of writing (and reading your own words) that makes it feel like you were telling me a collection of stories about your life that were personally meant for me. It’s okay that they weren’t, because that’s what makes an audiobook like yours a good one.
As an avid Gilmore Girls fan I couldn’t wait to see what you had to say about the cast, filming, dissolve, and triumphant return of one of my favorite TV shows. Yes, I have all 7 seasons on DVD. I found myself tearing up, laughing, and utterly delighted as you hashed out what it was like to work on such an unconventional show. I wasn’t there, I didn’t live it, but I felt like I got to see a bit more inside of something that’s meant a lot to me as I’ve grown into an adult.
Of course, you went into all your other film and TV shows too. It’s genius that you created an alter-ego named Old Lady Jackson so you could connect with the actors playing your kids on Parenthood. It’s possible that we all need an Old Lady Jackson, and that bit of the book may have been one of my favorite moments. Old Lady Jackson is a smart old-biddy.
I was also delighted with all of the other little life tid-bits that you shared. Such as what it was like to be the single, unmarried one in your group of friends. I feel you there. But not only that. In all honesty, I owe you one. As a writer myself, who has a multitude of projects, as well as a non-creative-job keeping me busy, I sometimes get run down when it comes to writing. I’ve been using the Kitchen Timer Method, and it’s been working wonders for me. So thank you, from the bottom of my “poor, starving artist, heart.” I suppose I owe Don Roos too, huh?
Honestly, I’m in awe of all that you’re able to do. Writing, acting, screenwriting. It’s abundantly clear that you’re winning at life, as well as keeping those around you inspired. Even other women like me, who you will probably never meet. I took a lot away from your words… and Old Lady Jackson’s too.
So, thank you Lauren! (see, I finally used your name again),
Other Fun Memoirs You Should Check Out:
- Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
- Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
- The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (check out my open letter to Carrie)
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
YouTube Channel: The Ellen Show
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