Happy Wednesday! Today I tuck away all my stuff so my friends’ can finish painting their apartment, and then drive to the lake house. I’m debating whether I want to come back into the city this weekend to finish off some stuff (mow the lawn, etc.) or if I want to just be out of town and not think about things for two weeks.
Reading: I started a funky comic book on comixology, “Faith”. Highly recommend it, very pleasant. Not as good as Ms Marvel, but then nothing is.
Watching: I went over to a co-workers house to co-work on Monday and it just turned into watching Jodha-Akbar. Still so pretty! And I also just finished going through all of NewsRadio which is such an odd mixture of experiencing entertainment/super super sad. Like watching a SSR movie.
Thinking: Ugh, there is SO MUCH to do! And I have to keep reminding myself that I don’t have to do it all at once. All I need to do right now is move stuff to the basement storage of the new place so it is out of the way, and nag the roofer to make sure he comes over. And pay our utility bills. I don’t have to change the names on the utility bills, or redesign the garden, or organize the basement, or ANY of that.
Listening: Did you know the BBC has an app? I didn’t! Of course I don’t listen to the news or anything icky like that. But you can listen to Agatha Christie dramas! For free! Right on your phone!!! And probably also some interesting programs on Indian film and stuff. But why listen to that when you could listen to British actors play out murder mysteries from the between the wars era? So many flirty maids and accented humble gardeners!
Now, question for you! And this is kind of a depressing one, so I’m sorry. NewsRadio has this horrible tragic horribleness that overshadows the happiness of the show so much (the star was killed by his wife in a murder-suicide between the 4th and 5th seasons) that it is really hard to watch it and enjoy it. What are the real life tragedies that, for you, make it really hard to enjoy the pure entertainment related to them?
I already mentioned SSR. On the American side, anything with Heath Ledger has kind of a twingey sad feel to it now. But somehow, not Robin Williams. Maybe because he was so much older? Or because his work already had that slightly melancholy edge so it doesn’t feel out of sync?