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To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This | Encore

Brian Rea for The New York Times
Brian Rea for The New York Times

We know a lot of you have been stuck at home for awhile now, and you might be running out of things to do. If you’ve already baked three sourdough loaves and watched everything currently available on Netflix — or if you just need a break from the stress — we have a suggestion.

Try the 36 questions that (may) lead to love. First, listen to Gillian Jacobs reading Mandy Len Catron’s essay, "To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This." 

Then, if you feel like it, try the 36 questions with someone. You can find a link to all of the questions HERE. Then, send us a voice memo telling us about your experience. Did you discover something new about the person you did this with? Were there any questions that particularly struck you? Did the questions lead to love? Email us your voice memo at Try not to write your story down first — tell it to us as if you were telling a friend. We may feature your story in an upcoming episode.

Voices In This Episode

Gillian Jacobs can be seen in the new Judd Apatow Netflix series “Love,” opposite Paul Rust. “Love” follows Mickey (Jacobs) and Gus (Rust) as they navigate the exhilaration and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they are hoping to avoid. “Love” is currently in production on Season 2, which will also be released on Netflix.

Upcoming, Jacobs will be seen in the new Mike Birbiglia dramatic comedy, “Don’t Think Twice,” starring alongside Keegan-Michael Key and Kate Micucci. Additionally, she recently wrapped production in “Dean,” directed by Demetri Martin.

Jacobs was also seen in the fourth season of the HBO hit series “Girls” as fan-favorite Mimi Rose Howard, the multimedia artist who doesn’t agree with Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) interpretations about art and challenges her ideas.

Jacobs made her directorial debut with “The Queen of Code,” a documentary short film about Grace Hopper, the computer scientist and high-ranking naval officer. The short premiered on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website on January 28, 2015 as part of the “Signals” docu-series, where filmmakers use data analytics to explore stories across political, economic, science, lifestyle and sports domains.

Previously, Jacobs starred in the critically acclaimed comedy “Community,” which just finished its sixth season. She was nominated for a Broadcast Television Journalists Association award in the category of "Best Comedy Supporting Actress" for her performance as Britta. Additionally, the show won a Broadcast Television Journalists Association award in the category of "Best Comedy Series" in 2012.

Jacobs’ recent film credits include Mike Bender’s “Black or White,” which debuted at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, as well as Steve Pink’s “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” which she starred in opposite Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott and Chevy Chase.

Her theater credits include Philip Seymour Hoffman's “The Little Flower of East Orange” opposite Ellen Burstyn and Michael Shannon at the Public Theater, “A Feminine Ending” at the Playwrights Theater and Adam Rapp's “Cagelove” at the Rattlestick Theater.

Jacobs received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Juilliard School.

Mandy Len Catron (Courtesy Mandy Len Catron)
Mandy Len Catron (Courtesy Mandy Len Catron)

Mandy Len Catron is originally from Appalachian Virginia. Mandy is a writer living and working in Vancouver, BC. Her essay collection "How to Fall in Love with Anyone" will be out from Simon and Schuster in 2017. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She tweets @LenMandy.

Caitlin O'Keefe Producer, Podcasts & New Programs
Caitlin O'Keefe was a producer of podcasts and new programming at WBUR.



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