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Imagine you have a beloved but somewhat dim child. You’re at a house by a lake. You’re lounging in the yard, reading, when you look up to realize the kid is running full-speed down the dock, and about to wind up in the lake.
You run down the grass to the end of the dock and you start running toward them down the dock. Your arms are flailing, and you’re yelling… but the kid’s head start is too much to overcome.
Sploooosh! And now you have to go pull the little nitwit out of the lake.
Sometimes it’s not the kids. Sometimes it’s the words. While saying something so remarkably stupid, there’s another part of the mind running down the dock after them. Flailing the arms. Yelling. But the head start is too much to overcome.
Trump’s proposed choices for cabinet are so ludicrous you have to think they’re parody. Intentional, maybe?
Jerry Falwell Jr., a science denying, young-earth creationist, for Education? Jeff Sessions, whose only issue with the KKK is their pot-smoking, for AG? Ben Carson, arguably the world’s stupidest brain surgeon, for… anything? The phrase, “he CAN’T be SERIOUS” keeps echoing in my head.
And now Hillary’s popular vote lead has passed 2 million votes, 1.5 percentage points. The vote totals look very fishy in at least three swing states, enough to change the electoral margin in her favor. Hard to believe she won’t challenge these.
If the Republic survives this shit-storm, it will be a new high in the resilience of human institutions. Far beyond anything the Jedi… or even Hari Seldon… could have envisioned.
Have you ever noticed that when someone says “I can’t” it really means “I don’t wanna”?
I can’t go to the party
I can’t finish the paper in time
I can’t figure out how to do date arithmetic in Excel
I can’t meet anyone good.
Some of these things might be difficult. All of them require some effort, and maybe some changes to oneself. But not one of them violates any of the laws of physics.
I did not wanna post anything tonight, but I knew that “I can’t” would be a lie to myself. So with that uncomfortable truth rattling around in there, here you go.
Are we in a golden age of TV now? I keep seeing Important Essays that say we are. I just think it’s a bridge too far to decide that we’re in a golden age of anything while we’re in it. We’re going to need some perspective. But I will definitely say that the quality and variety is on the upswing.
Better Things is a great example. It’s the latest from Pamela Adlon, longtime collaborator of Louis CK. She takes the absurd/surreal yet all-too-real vibe of the later seasons of Louie and drives it to new heights. You owe it to yourself to check it out. It joins a really strong lineup on FX/FXX of non-stupid comedies like Man Seeking Woman and You’re the Worst. And even NBC (yes! NBC!) is chiming in on the non-stupid comedy front with Superstore and The Good Place.
Check it all out. This is why we have TiVo!