Rapping comedian Zach Sherwin released a rap about Serial over the show’s theme song yesterday, just in time for the show’s finale on Thursday. (It’s a great idea — the song makes for an awesome beat!) Sherwin addresses most of the conversations that have surrounded the podcast: The exploitation of Hae Min Lee’s death for entertainment, how much more informed host Sarah Koenig has been than the audience and what her strategy has been in releasing the information she has, and the fact that the show has barely touched the issue of race despite the fact that most of the people discussed on the show are people of color from diverse backgrounds. And, of course, the fact that the show is totally engrossing and addictive – goodness knows, listening to it has been one of my white-guilty pleasures for the last three months.
Regarding the note that Sherwin ends on: We really don’t know what’s going to happen during the show on Thursday, and I’m anxious that it’s going to end without a real conclusion. What do you think? Speculate in the comments! [YouTube]
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Oh my godddddddd, my prayers have been answered! Dear Sugar, the advice column from the Rumpus penned (mostly) by my beloved Cheryl Strayed — the best of which was compiled for the book Tiny Beautiful Things – is COMING BACK in podcast form. I am seriously so excited. This is the best news I’ve heard in eons. Hosted by Cheryl and her Rumpus editor (and the original, albeit briefly, author of the column) Steve Almond, the debut episode will air on December 15. That’s next week!!! For now, they’ve posted an introduction, explaining why they give advice. Listen above. [Soundcloud]
So, I binge. I binge a lot. I binge-watch whole series of TV shows to make it bearable to do the dishes, clean, and cook; I binge-listened to This American Life and Snap Judgment to make my last two jobs — editing product photos and chopping fruit — more bearable. I binged my way through Jenna Marbles’ videos in my free time a few years ago. In the last year-and-some, I’ve binged through “Adventure Time,” “Archer,” “Breaking Bad,” “Orange is the New Black,” the first two and a half seasons of “The X-Files,” the first season of “Twin Peaks” (now I have to watch the rest of it), and the first two seasons of “American Horror Story.” I binged on “Game of Thrones,” then I proceeded to binge through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and now I have to wait until the goddamned spring to get more Westeros.
So imagine how happy I am when I find something new to binge on! I recommend all of the above (of course — if they had sucked, I wouldn’t have watched entire series of them). I’m having to get craftier with my bingeing, resorting to new forms of media and some very old relics of my childhood. Here are the four series that I’m bingeing on now or will be bingeing on soon: Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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My Tuesday evening ritual consists of the following: an hour and a half of yoga and meditation, followed by a hot bubble bath, in which I either drink a glass of wine or eat a Haagen-Daz Coffee Crunch ice cream bar, while wearing a mud mask and lisening to Dan Savage‘s Savage Love podcast. I highly recommend this entire evening routine. It makes the following day, Hump Day, that much easier. Keep reading »