Mother of God, Insomnia Sucks

I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep. Masterpiece Theatre was on, some war movie set in WWI, and this dying guy tells the other soldier that to love and be loved is all that matters.

Right. Thanks a heap, Masterpiece Theatre. There are so so so so many movies and tv shows where the theme is “love is all that matters.” People like me are left looking at our cats asking, “Does this count?” At which point Bleecker jumped on my head, nearly putting out my eye, and Finney panicked, digging his claws into my chest trying to get away, but one of his claws got stuck in my tshirt so he’s Tasmanian Deviling-out on top of me while Bleeck is trying to bite his ear and I’m trying to disengage his claw.

Men are easier, right?

There was a tank parked behind the library the other day. People were invited to get on top and explore. It looked fun but I was tired from a day of librarying. Thinking is SO exhausting.

Tank, Bryant Park, New York City

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Mother of God, Insomnia Sucks

  1. oh, Stacy,
    I’m sorry you couldn’t sleep. Such a pain.

    On the love question: i have been thinking about this a lot, because I read an essay on marriage the other day that annoyed the crap out of me. There are many different ways to love and be loved, and finding a spouse or “significant other” or whatever is just one of those. Perhaps others feel differently and I certainly don’t mean to sound ungrateful or churlish, but having a spouse has only made clear to me how much you need other types of love too: familial, friend, work, humankind in general, your little furry ones.

    Reading your books I am always struck by what seems like your love for your art and your subjects. I loved The Restless Sleep so much because it seemed like you loved victims like Christine, and were so masterful at revealing the love and loss her family had for her. Please get some sleep knowing how much you have shown love to your readers, and how much we love you.

  2. Aww, you are one of the nicest people in the world! I hope we get to meet one day. That was such a thoughtful, generous post.

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