This is Friday evening over here, and I hesitated till the last minute if I’d write my regular Friday post. A close relative passed away early this week, and we’ve been over-busy with preparing the funerals arrangements for the next few days. A lot of readers of this blog are in the US, where the news of the recent tragedy (again) makes me speechless. Gun culture is something that really sets the US apart from Europeans, and probably from much of the rest of the world too. Enough said (time is for action, but not in my hands). I still want to write a few lines about podcasts and the window on other worlds that they offer to me.
Earlier this week I finished the mini-series Tiffany Dover is Dead, and the result is mixed feelings. I’ll probably spoil the podcast a little by saying that the NBC journalist didn’t eventually manage to convince any antivax conspirationist that the nurse Tiffany Dover was alive, but… duh. I’d have been really surprised if she had. And she also mentioned that Tiffany Dover’s family complained that the podcast investigation just reactivated the interest into the case and that the harassment returned once more, making me feel so sorry for this family.
Earlier this month I’d read a column in Nick Quah’s podcast newsletter “1.5x Speed” about the rise of the “cool girl podcast” trend. It mentioned Normal Gossip, which I’m a big fan of, and so I really listened up when other podcasts were mentioned in the same category. That’s how I came to the series “Once upon a time at Bennington College“, created by another “cool girl” Lili Anolik. It speaks about 3 writers who attended this decadent Vermont college in the 1980s: Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt and Jonathan Lethem. I only read the first one of them, but I’m interested to learn more about this particular era. I have terrible memories of reading American Psycho, but there is something to “Rules of attraction”, and I’ve always felt bad that I misunderstood something important. I’m 4 episodes into it and it’s really juicy. Also, I’d never considered the influence of Joan Didion’s books on Bret Easton Ellis but I want to know more.
Have a peaceful weekend!