“And it’s not just me. Cindy hates everything.”

“Teenagers are mean. They need to be. It’s the first interpretation of seriousness.”

— Leopoldine Core, When Watched


“It was like walking barefoot through broken glass to get a milkshake. I loved the milkshake but, you know, my feet were bleeding.”

— Danny, The Meyerowitz Stories


The combination of Leopoldine Core’s story collection When Watched and Noah Baumbach’s film The Meyerowitz Stories is so relatable it will make you think there are cameras in your house.

With Baumbach’s newest you’ll see his standard display of a dysfunctional family working out egotism and insecurities but with a layer of freshness, sophistication, next-level humor, and resolution that you’ve never seen from him before.

Core’s prose is incredibly sophisticated too, especially for a debut. The dialogue flows seamlessly, contains the full breadth of darkness and levity, and builds upon a history of short story legends while adding her own unique postmodernist perspective.

This pairing explores:

  • An unending hunger for basic human connection and the disastrous attempts to get it
  • Grandiose daydreams that bolster a character’s identity
  • The old’s blatant resentment of the young
  • Pure friendship as the most challenging and worthy possession
  • Brutally frank dialogue
  • Whether being observed awakens or diffuses the id
  • The spirit of New York distilled
  • Over-glorification of celebrity
  • Excruciatingly unbalanced affection between family members
  • Unapologetic lasciviousness

This book and movie will prove that the line between aspiring and established artist is in the eye of the beholder. That the hilarious anguish of reality can be depicted in a gut-punching, artfully direct way. You know, the kind of honest art that makes you feel understood to the point where you can’t stop thinking about it for days after you’re finished with it. Yes, that kind.