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On the WTF Podcast, Marc Maron's Lovely, Heartbreaking, Messy, and Raw Tribute to Lynn Shelton

By Dustin Rowles | Podcasts | May 18, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Podcasts | May 18, 2020 |


Listeners of Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast know that, when someone passes away, if Maron has interviewed them in the past, he will pull that episode out of the archives and re-air it in memorial (in fact, the first episode I ever listened to was Maron’s interview with Robin Williams). This morning’s podcast was different, because the person who passed is Lynn Shelton, and Lynn Shelton and Marc Maron have been a couple for over a year. A very good couple, for those who could sense the shift in Maron’s mood over the last many months.

I have admired Lynn Shelton since the first movie of hers that I saw. Seth and I saw Humpday at Sundance in 2009, and we had to sit in the front row, and if you’ve seen the movie, you know how wonderfully awkward it might have been to be that close to Shelton, Duplass, and Joshua Leonard after the movie ended. It was one of my favorite movie festival experiences, and after that, I consumed all the mumblecore I could and became a lifelong fan of both Lynn Shelton and Mark Duplass.

Somehow I had not, however, listened to Shelton’s podcast with Maron back in 2015, and I didn’t think I’d be able to listen to it this morning because it’s too soon. But Shelton is so charming, so infectious, and so personable that I couldn’t stop listening after around 30 seconds. I got sucked in. There is also a real chemistry between Shelton and Maron in that podcast, almost four years before they became romantically involved. Maron — clearly upset, and fighting through tears — spoke about how they’d gotten together.

After the 2015 podcast, he said, they’d worked together on Maron, and on GLOW, and they hit it off and spent a lot of time together. She was separated from her husband (former MTV VJ Kevin Seal), and Maron was still involved with someone, but he couldn’t bear the thought of Shelton starting the next phase of her life without him, so he confessed his feelings for her. He could not shut down his feelings. “If I don’t try to honor my feelings for you, I will regret it for the rest of my life,” he told her. It was “messy,” he said,” and “people got hurt,” and Maron feels bad about that, but he doesn’t regret it, because “it was the greatest decision I ever made … [my relationship with her] will elevate me for the rest of my life, once I get through this horrendous loss.”

Last week, Maron said that they thought that Shelton had strep throat. They went to get a Covid-19 test, and it came back negative. On Thursday, Shelton made an appointment to go in for blood tests on Friday. In the middle of the night, however, Shelton collapsed while going to the bathroom. Maron called an ambulance, which retrieved her at around 5 a.m. It was the last time Maron would see her alive. She died the next morning at around 12:45 a.m. “They tried very hard at two hospitals that were amazing, but they eventually had to let her go. They tried everything they could, but they took her off life support and she passed away.”

Lynn Shelton was “my partner, my girlfriend, my friend, and I loved her, I loved her a lot,” he said. “She loved me, and I knew that … and I was getting used to love and being able to accept it and show it properly in an intimate relationship. I was so comfortable with this person, Lynn Shelton … I made her laugh all the time, and she made me laugh, and we were happy. We played Crazy 8s. We cooked food together. We traveled. We wrote.”

“She was an amazing woman. She was an inspiration to so many people … no one’s got anything bad to say about Lynn Shelton, that’s for fucking sure.”

Here’s the episode. I thought it would be hard to listen to. It’s not. It’s sad to hear how hard Maron is taking it, obviously, but Shelton comes across as such a wonderful human being on this podcast that — this horrible tragedy notwithstanding — it feels like a blessing to have this hour-long recording to provides a real sense of who Lynn Shelton was behind her impeccable films. Rest in peace, Lynn Shelton. May her memory be a blessing.

Source: WTF Podcast

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