Pop Culture Roundup, Week 1

For a couple of years, I attempted to track what I watched, read, and listened to: TV, movies, books, podcasts, and albums. Here’s what I learned.

I consume A LOT of media.

Tracking it became cumbersome and time consuming, and eventually, I just gave up. But since I teach Popular Culture, I think it’s important to somehow document what I’m watching and reading and listening to, and I think I’ve found a better way to do that.

Much like the podcast “Pop Culture Happy Hour,” every Wednesday I will post what is “making me happy.” That approach feels less intimidating than a day-by-day accounting of what I’m consuming.

What’s making me happy this week?

On Netflix, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Once I learned Barry Sonnenfeld was the executive producer, I knew I’d be all in on this show–he helmed one of my favorite casualties of the WGA strike in 2007, “Pushing Daisies.” (That show ALWAYS makes me happy.) The writing is snappy, the production design is a delight, and the acting is spellbinding. Check it out.

In movies, I rewatched “West Side Story” for the first time in a while and was reminded of why that film and musical is a national treasure.

In TV, I recently caught up on “Black-ish.” I can’t underscore the importance of this show enough. Its treatment of race under the guise of comedy is everything America needs right now.

In music, I can’t get enough of The Chainsmokers’ song “Closer.” Not sure why I’m just now hopping on this bandwagon, but I’ve listened to it on YouTube at least a dozen times.

If you want to know what I’m listening to, check out my Twitter timeline–every Friday I listen to an album from start to finish, as opposed to the playlists I listen to throughout the week.

And that’s about it for this week. Anything I missed? What should I be watching and listening to?

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