So, my sister and Robbie were never able to have the time together they both so longed for… and deserved. Which ever since I’ve… ever since I’ve always felt I prevented. But what sense of hope or satisfaction could a reader derive from an ending like that? So in the book, I wanted to give Robbie and Cecilia what they lost out on in life. I’d like to think this isn’t weakness or… evasion… but a final act of kindness. I gave them their happiness.

Atonement (2007) dir. Joe Wright


It is an extremely common mistake. People think the writer’s imagination is always at work, that he’s constantly inventing an endless supply of incidents and episodes; that he simply dreams up his stories out of thin air. In point of fact, the opposite is true. Once the public knows you’re a writer, they bring the characters and events to you. And as long as you maintain your ability to look, and to carefully listen, these stories will continue

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) dir. Wes Anderson


Some day in Spring, circa 2004, Appaloosa Plains

Ian: Good God, Bunty. We’re only going away for a week, not three months. Why the hell do you need all those suitcases?

Bunty: I need to be prepared, darling. The weather in Shang Simla at this time of year can be extremely unpredictable. Now, what was I saying? Oh yes. You are not to have any wild parties while we’re away, is that understood? I’m talking to you as well as Roy, Georgina. I’m leaving Douglas in charge. Don’t make that face, Roy. I’m sure Saoirse will take excellent care of you as well, won’t you Saoirse?

The young housekeeper nods, her hands clasped demurely in front of her.

Georgina: Of course we’re not going to have any wild parties, Mummy! As if. You and Daddy have a wonderful time, don’t worry about us!

Roy: Yeah, Saoirse always does a great job of looking after us. Don’t you, Saoirse? 


“You’ll feel so homesick that you’ll want to die, and there is nothing you can do about it apart from endure it. But you will, and it won’t kill you. And one day the sun will come out, you might not even notice straight away, it’ll be that faint. And then you’ll catch yourself thinking about something or someone who has no connection with the past. Someone who’s only yours. And you’ll realize… that this is where your life is.” Brooklyn (2015)


Lady Bird dir. Greta Gerwig (2017)

Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.


Girls from book series + Song