Lookback: on abandoning series TV

From 2004:

When Our Girl told me what happened on the season finale of The Sopranos, I was mildly interested–perhaps even a bit more than mildly–but it never occurred to me to catch up on all the episodes I’d missed. (In fact, I don’t even subscribe to HBO anymore.) Could it be that I’m through with series TV for good? I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s not that I’m a snob about TV. The problem is that I no longer care for the idea of committing myself to weekly installments of anything as repetitive as a dramatic series. I suppose it’d be melodramatic to say that life’s too short to spend it watching the same set of characters each week–but melodramatic or not, I think that might be the best way to explain be how I’m feeling these days…

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Almanac: Joseph Conrad on apathy

“There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten–before the end is told–even if there happens to be any end to it.”
Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

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