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Social Distancing Diaries: Week 7

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The NFL Draft wasn’t the distraction I was hoping it would be this weekend.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Los Angeles Kings fan watches Michael Amadio #10 of the Los Angeles Kings during warm ups against the Ottawa Senators at STAPLES Center on March 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

Is anyone else getting exhausted by trying to stay entertained all the time? If I don’t have music or a podcast on now, I feel like I’m wasting an opportunity. At the same time, I’m just tired of trying to find something I’m interested in watching at this exact moment.

But we go on, because that’s all we can do. This week will mark seven weeks since sports left us.

Here’s where I’m at in my media catalogue:

Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime

Whenever I struggle to find something to consume, documentaries are my go-to genre. Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime is one of the best true crime docuseries. The boys are both funny and thoughtful and I don’t have to think too much when I throw on an episode.

I also only keep up with them sparingly, so it turns out I’ve got a good stash of episodes to binge.

The Midnight Gospel

As a huge fan of both Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, finding out Netflix released a new animated series from Pendleton Ward was bound to be the highlight of my week. Reader, I have watched The Midnight Gospel three times through over the last five days.

The first time through, I made the mistake of not anticipating any level of sincerity. I was delighted by the surrealism simply for being what it was, getting blindsided by the series’ final episodes. Subsequent viewings have crept further and further under my skin, making a home for Clancy, the series’ protagonist, inside of my ribs and weeping when he faces the sun and walks out of it.

If that doesn’t sound like complete nonsense to you, I promise that you will love this show. It’s unexpectedly moving, with interesting and bright artwork and calming voice performances. It’s my new favorite thing.

Oh, Hello: the P’dcast

I’m so picky with comedy, but in these difficult times, I am desperate for it. Thank god for Nick Kroll, who only puts out bangers.

I finally got around to listening to the podcast version of characters he created and portrays with John Mulaney. Oh, Hello isn’t among my favorite of Kroll’s bits, but I think the podcast is the best version of these characters. As I write this, I’m listening to them interview Pete Davidson about Princess Diana and I can’t stop laughing.

The NFL Draft

Most of my weekend was occupied by the 2020 NFL Draft, the first I’ve ever watched. I hoped to learn what the NHL might take away from the first-ever virtual draft. I do think especially the first round was almost a reminder of how television really used to be such an obvious invitation in our homes, only further punctuated by literally broadcasting people’s homes. It was a strange and wild weekend.

Is there anything else I should be watching? Let me know in the comments!