Michael: How do you think this is going so far?
Melissa: I don’t know. I’m kind of wondering if we’re posting too often.
Michael: Well, they don’t take very long to read.
It’s sort of like overhearing a couple arguing, though.
Melissa: Not exactly arguing. Bantering.
Michael: Well, either way, is it even worth writing these?
Melissa: We’re amusing ourselves, if nothing else.
Michael: And our friends.
And our favorites, too.
Melissa: You can’t exactly say that—"our favorites."
Melissa: Because our favorites are the people we’ve marked and—
Michael: I said "our favorites"!
Melissa: Exactly. That’s what I’m saying. Most of the people we’ve favorited don’t even know we exist, so how can we be amusing them?
Michael: Oh . . . I see. I need to say the people who have favorited us.
Melissa: Yes. So what should we talk about this time?
Michael: You mean our subject?
Michael: What about Eavan Boland?
Melissa: Okay! It’s hard to know where to start. Although, I guess the obvious would be the ordinary.
Michael: Do I put "the ordinary" in quotes?
Michael: Okay. Is that all you were going to say?
I mean I’m not sure. I was just getting started.
Michael: I don’t mean the last thing we were going to say about Eavan Boland, I just mean the last thing in that sentence.
Melissa: Got it.
Melissa: I think it was her appreciation for the ordinary that first drew me to her work. That’s what I was trying to do in my work, too.
And that’s why we like Mike Leigh movies so much.
Michael: We will definitely have to do one of these on Mike Leigh.
Melissa: Yes, definitely.
We could talk about him here!
Michael: Literally, we already have.
Melissa: I mean as a subject.
Michael: Our subject is Eavan Boland!
Melissa: Yeah, but like we talked about the Twilight Zone in the context of Alien Nation, we can also talk about about Mike Leigh in the context of Eavan Boland.
Michael: Yes, but in the same way we didn’t get into the Twilight Zone, we’re not going to get into Mike Leigh. It should be a subject of its own.
We say so little about our subjects as it is.
Melissa: You’re right. Back to Boland.
Eavan Boland honors the individuals who are outside history.
Michael: The invisible ones.
Melissa: Right, and those are the people we are most interested in.
Not politicians or celebrities, but authentic, so-called nobodies—like us.
Michael: Blessed are the nobodies.
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