Modern Love debuted 15 years ago in the New York Times in October of 2004. It began as a column of essays about love, loss and relationships in general. To date, there are over 750 columns in their archives. If you are interested in reading some of these, the NYT has compiled “a collection of 25 of the most read, most shared and most memorable Modern Love essays”.
The Modern Love podcast debuted in January 2016. Each week one essay is read by an actor or actress. For the purpose of this blog, I downloaded two episodes. The first, by the fabulous Catherine O’Hara. The second, by the adorable John C. Reilly. Side note: if you are not watching Schitt’s Creek, you are denying yourself Ms. O’Hara at her absolute best. I’m not sure if Modern Love tries to pair the actor/actress with the right story, but I found both of these to be that much more enjoyable when I pictured that person as the main character in the story.
Modern Love debuted on Prime Video in October 2019. It consists of eight 30-minute episodes based on actual essays submitted. Not all of these short stories are hits, but I had a few favorite episodes from the eight:
#3 – Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am. This is a pretty powerful episode about a woman (Anne Hathaway) who is struggling with the dating scene as a single woman with a bipolar disorder. I am not a fan of Anne Hathaway, however, she is fantastic in this role.
#4 – Rallying to Keep the Game Alive. This episode is my blog in a nutshell. A couple on the verge of becoming empty-nesters, they realize they have spent so many years focusing on their children, they forgot to focus on their marriage. Based on an essay submitted by Anne Leary (wife of actor Dennis Leary), this couple discovered that finding activities to do as a couple is key to keeping the relationship on track (or getting it back on track). This episode could be considered a cautionary tale of where you could end up if you continue to put your marriage on the back burner. Whether you are almost empty-nesters, parents of younger children, or just the two of you – sharing experiences that you both enjoy will only serve to strengthen your bond in the long run.
If you still can’t get enough Modern Love after watching the Prime episodes, you can read all of the essays and tiny love stories here, you can purchase the book, and you can follow Modern Love on Facebook.
Check out the official trailer below (courtesy of YouTube) and enjoy these feel-good stories together!