I’ve always been a re-reader and a re-watcher, but my instincts to seek comfort in the familiar have gotten even stronger lately. I don’t want any more surprises, so I’m spending more time with old friends, whose stories I’ve already heard. One of my favorite recent re-discoveries is this video of Kristen Wiig reading from Suzanne Somers’ poetry collection Touch Me.
I assumed this was one of those early (2009!) YouTube videos everyone had seen, but after an informal poll of my coworkers revealed that many of them were unfamiliar, I decided it was my duty to re-acquaint the Internet.
Wiig’s delivery is beautiful, but Somers’ poetry deserves much of the credit, and I say that with (almost) no snideness. I think Suzanne Somers knows this shit is funny. I don’t think you can write a poem about the universal yearning for love with an iconic dig at dog people without a sense of humor.
Just watch the video—you’ll see.