Wordy Wednesday: I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom
I love Rachel Bloom. I love her show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, I love every podcast episode she’s ever been a guest on, and I love her Instagram account. It should go without saying that I love her book I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are.
In her memoir Rachel is unabashedly herself: creative, smart, and laugh-out-loud funny. She can be vulgar, but in the name of humor, anything is fair game to her, including poop, childhood diary entries, and strategies to deal with bullies.
Below are the words I found to look up while reading Bloom’s memoir. First I give the sentence in which I found the word, then the Oxford definition, and finally a sentence of my own using the word.
“See, romantic obsessions, also known as ‘limerence’ as coined by the psychologist Dorothy Tennov, naturally feeds off the thrill of the chase, so anything with a ‘forbidden’ element is especially appealing” (70).
Noun: the state of being infatuated or obsessed with another person, typically experienced involuntarily and characterized by a strong desire for reciprocation of one’s feelings but not primarily for a sexual relationship.
In the world of Harry Potter, love potions cannot truly create love, but rather, limerence.
“‘Yo, Thespis, why don’t you play sports instead, you fucking dork?!’ before throwing rotten spanakopita at him” (85).
Noun: (in Greek cooking) a phyllo pastry stuffed with spinach and feta cheese.
I never knew until this moment what that amazing little spinach and cheese pastry was called! Apparently my aunt Evelyn makes spanakopita for family parties, and it is tasty, even when you’re full.