the way we weren't

Kira Cook
personal essays about writing, film, acting, motherhood, changing.
Created 13 Aug 2021
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  • Do it again!
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    “Some people write simply because they don’t know how to live in the moment, and have to reconstruct it and live in it afterwards.” -Rachel Cusk, Second Place* Tyler and I were talking about the chall...
  • Holding on
    30 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    ~ Exciting news (for me, anyway)! I will now be offering a paid subscription model for my newsletter. In addition to the free monthly newsletter, paid subscribers will receive at least one extra newsl...
  • Golden sunshine, all along the way
    12 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    Every morning on the drive to school, David Lynch tells us the weather. He started doing the weather forecast for KCRW last May, early-pandemic. Truly the terrestrial radio shakeup we Southern Califor...
  • Adventureland!
    17 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    The first thing we did when we got to Disneyland was walk beneath the castle. We asked a group of teen girls with matching blonde extensions to take our picture in front of it, and then we walked thro...
  • on envy
    29 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    Envy has long been a theme in my writing, in my thoughts. I had a whole stand-up bit about it. The last time I ever did stand-up, I "opened" for Pete Holmes (i.e. I went on right before him on a packe...
  • the writer self
    08 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    For the last week, I've been taking part in writer Jami Attenberg's initiative "1,000 Words of Summer," in which you show up and commit to writing 1,000 words a day for two weeks. No excuses. Unless, ...
  • unicorns of the sea
    11 May 2021 • 2 min read
    On Mother's Day morning, I slept 'til 8:40, when two little kids breathed "HAPPY MUDDER'S DAY" in my face. They brought me breakfast on a tray with flowers -- a quiche Tyler spent no less than five ho...
  • Post-Pandemic at the Petit
    22 Apr 2021 • 6 min read
    "Exactly how early can we show up to lie by the pool?" "Rooms usually aren't ready until around 3, so..." "We are running away from our children. If we show up at 9am, can we lie by the pool all day, ...
  • tender gluttons
    12 Apr 2021 • 3 min read
    I came across a postulation that the title itself of Gertrude Stein's literary work of Cubist Confusion Tender Buttons is a metaphor for the female erogenous zones. While I am not at a time in my life...
  • End in sight
    11 Mar 2021 • 3 min read
    A little over a year ago, I sat in the waiting room of my eye specialist. "Herzog...?" A nurse with a clipboard stood in the middle of the waiting room, with that bored yet expectant vibe all nurses s...
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