Alyson and Ellen Birkett Morris (Author of Lost Girls, Abide and Surrender) discuss a scene from the White Rock episode of Pamela Adlon’s show, Better Things (Season 2, Episode 9, see a trailer here). Pamela plays Sam, a single mother of three girls. In this episode she takes them to Canada for a magical visit with her aunt and uncle. During the visit secrets are revealed and the youngest daughter, Duke, sees a ghost the locals call, "The Sad Lady.” In the scene we discuss, Duke acknowledges and says good-bye to the ghost. This is a scene Ellen has watched, considered and written about. You can read her Newsweek essay here. At first Ellen wasn’t sure why this episode affected her so deeply but after repeated viewings and reflection she was able to understand it and appreciate it in a new way.
It’s a beautiful scene and conversation, join us.
And she also wrote about it for Newsweek, here.
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Creators and Guests
Alyson Shelton (she/her)
Alyson Shelton writes about women across mediums + genres. She’s written about a superpowered and multi-faceted heroine in her comic Reburn, and uncovering childhood secrets in Eve of Understanding, the award winning feature she wrote and directed. In her award winning screenplay, The Night We Met, she tackles a psychological thriller through fractured realities and self-invention. She is working on a memoir in essays and her writing has been published widely at outlets including The New York Times, Ms., The Rumpus and more. Her generalist knowledge and approach make her the perfect fit for her podcast, Fine Cut, in which she and a guest take a deep dive into one scene of the guest’s choosing. You can learn more about her through her website, www.alysonshelton.com and her Instagram @byalysonshelton where she hosts a weekly Instagram Live series inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem, Where I’m From, where she’s hosted over 100 writers and creatives.