I can’t resist a good love story. So it’s no surprise that I’m completely addicted to the Modern Love podcast. Each week a famous actor reads an essay from The New York Times’ weekly Modern Love column, sharing stories of love, loss and redemption. It’s deeply moving, and so far they’ve attracted an impressive roll call of guests. Colin Farrell, Dakota Fanning, Joshua Jackson and Sarah Silverman have all recorded episodes.
So, if you’re searching for something new to listen to on your commute to work here are 5 of my favourite Modern Love episodes. If you know what’s good for you you’ll download them ASAP…
1. ‘A MILLENIAL’S GUIDE TO KISSING’ #10
This is the episode that got me hooked on Modern Love. Emmy Rossum tells the story of a 12-hour relationship that takes place on a flight from Tel Aviv to Newark. And the essay’s author, Emma Court, cleverly notes how most relationships in your twenties feel like they’re happening on an airplane. “My generation treats every liaison as if it is happening on an airplane,” she observes. “As if we have only that one night and there is no tomorrow… We pretend that it doesn’t matter, that we have time, that because we are young we are invulnerable.”
2. ‘FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS’ #19
Hannah Selinger’s essay about waiting for love has a raw sadness to it that will resonate with many. It’s read aloud by Taissa Farmiga from American Horror Story, and recounts an unrequited relationship. Selinger spent ten years patiently waiting for her best friend to fall in love with her, suffering in silence. “Years later, he would confess to having loved me all along,” she remembers. “But while I stood waiting for him to happen to me, he was always looking for the next best thing.”
3. ‘A PRINCE CHARMING FOR THE PROM (NOT EVER AFTER, THOUGH)’ #32
I love Tituss Burgess from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. So as soon as I saw he had recorded an episode of Modern Love I rushed to download it. He reads Frank Paiva’s 2005 essay about being “this century’s new answer to the last-minute prom date: the gay best friend.” It’s so sweet and touching. Paiva attempts to give his dateless friends the magical prom experience they deserve, all the while knowing he won’t be able to take a boy to his school dance.
4. ‘JUST FRIENDS? LET ME READ BETWEEN THE LINES’ #28
Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale was the perfect choice to read Tony Friedman’s hilarious essay about moving on after a breakup. Friedman analyses every email and text exchange for signs his ex-girlfriend wants him back. “I spent that afternoon and evening deconstructing the text. Two lines — not good. Eleven words on my birthday — not good. The “v.” instead of very — not so good. But perhaps I was misreading. Perhaps I was bringing my own insecurities to bear on a sweet, loving signal from cyberspace.” We’ve all been there, right?
5. ‘HOW I GOT TO HERE’ #20
This essay, which is read aloud by Katie Couric, actually brought tears to my eyes. Leslie Lehr shares the story of how she came to marry her husband, 20 years after they first met. Attracting him with her “femme fatale” looks, Lehr doesn’t learn the true depth of their marriage until she becomes sick, loses her hair, and realises her husband still thinks she’s beautiful. “Maybe this was never the romance I imagined,” she writes. “Maybe I was the shallow one. He saw more.”
Which podcasts are you addicted to right now? I’d love to hear your recommendations, so leave a comment below or tweet me at @cocosteaparty…