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David's 2019 books, movies, television shows, and podcasts

December 31, 2019 • 9:49 PM

Every three months, I reflect on the media I consumed in that time period. Here, I’ve listed each book, movie, TV show season, and podcast I finished in October, November, and December 2019. I’ve only included those works which I’d never completed previously, or which I’d finished so long ago it felt unfamiliar (eg: The Joy Luck Club, which I last read in high school).

This is not my complete media diet. I also watched a lot of TV that isn’t worth recapping, notably a bunch of Simpsons and Billy on the Street episodes, plus MLB and NBA games. I also subscribe to several podcasts which I enjoy, but don’t listen to every episode: The Right Time with Bomani Jones, The Lowe Post, and WTF with Marc Maron. I got tired of Chapo Trap House and stopped listening to it this year, and The Deadcast appears to have bitten the dust thanks to the idiots who destroyed Deadspin.

Speaking of Deadspin, it used to be one of the few websites I read every single day, but alas. So was Hmm Daily, which is now the Hmm Weekly newsletter. I don’t have much loyalty to any remaining sites, but I do make sure every day to read Kottke, Dear Prudence on Slate, and I check ESPN. I subscribe to several newsletters, but actively look forward to the ones from Will Leitch, Anne Helen Petersen, and The Action Cookbook, though TrueHoop is great, too, and I'm strongly considering paying for it.

Someday, I’m going to quit social media because it’s probably a net negative on my life because I can lose hours just churning through *content* but it turns out I have to maintain access to Facebook for work, Instagram gives me a bigger serotonin hit than anything else, and Twitter is a cesspool that happens to also be the most efficient way to find interesting things to read. All in all, seems like a fair trade.

Let’s get to it.

About that time The Berenstain Bears tried to address bullying...

December 13, 2019 • 1:34 PM

If you were born after 1970 and grew up in the U.S., you probably read Berenstain Bears books when you were a child. Looking at them now from my adult perspective, they’re generally better-illustrated and more thoughtfully plotted than many other children’s books, especially ones that garnered similar popularity (looking at you, Little Critter).