So, to begin with, I met the artist who would become Accent Sorrow about 5 or 6 years ago through one of my closest friends. I didn't have too many initial reactions of him, though I did know I wasn't a tremendous fan of his taste of music. Coincidentally, it was indirectly through this particular set of musical tastes that I came to determine that my thinking about music had ossified, and I'd reached the age where I thought the music "of my generation" was the best, and everything new sucked.
So Trump got Covid.
Depending on where you stand ideologically, that's either karma, and a punchline., or it's a somber moment to be reflected on. While pundits, former presidents on either side of the political spectrum, even his current political opponent wished Trump a safe recovery, thousands of people on Facebook, Twitter, and wherever else wished for death, mocked, laughed, made memes, or at the very least pointed out the irony.
“My name is Naomi.”
“Hi, Naomi,” the group of 15 or 20 respond in near unison.
“This is my t-third time coming to the Do It Differently club.” The stutter lays the unspoken plea for sympathy on thick, I thought. She pushed out each word with her breath. The microphone strained under all those ‘D’ sounds; and why not just use the abbreviation of the club name? Besides, it’s really a loose affiliation of dreamers, hardly what I’d call a club. But every attendee calls it something different, and I don’t discriminate, and club makes it sound official. As long as there’s money in it, right? $39.95 gets you free coffee and donuts, and a guarantee to alter your life, (or at least the perception you have of your life, but that’s fine print stuff, why bother with it?). It's not a philosophy club, and let's be honest: I'm selling peace of mind.
Almost a year after it was released, I finally got around to watching The Witcher on Netflix. What deterred me was that I never read the books or played the game, and assumed that I’d be lost. I imagine that’s true for most who are even mildly interested but also didn’t watch. Indeed for a few of the details I was quite confused as I watched through the first season’s 8 hour and change-long episodes.
Shot of a man seated in a hospital corridor looking contemplative. He thoughtfully slides a finger along the gift-wrapped package he holds in his hands.