grim reapers reading list

Emo’s reading list.

I’m very lucky that I was born into a family of readers. My mom, my emo and I can gab all day about books, parsing out style, point of view, what kind of lit appeals to “old people” versus young people. My most recent list of recommendations from my emo include:

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
A Bitter Sweet Season: Caring For Our Aging Parents and Ourselves by Jane Gross
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast

It’s like the grim reaper’s required reading list and it makes me laugh so hard when I read this list to myself. My mom and emo are so bright, intelligent, literary – and so, so very dark. This makes me love my family, love being Korean, where to talk and think about mortality from the day we are born, because, of course, I am right at home with these spectacular ladies. Ugh, my family is the freaking best.


Sometimes when I get ready in the morning, I do a final mirror check and wonder what my high school self would think about my middle-aged self. Profound horror? Oh, that’s all right? Jesus, never let me get to the mid-forties? Why are you wearing a blazer, you sell out? My friends from high school still can’t believe it when I wear a suit to work. Mike calls me Corporate Barbie.