Go Ahead and Love Something an Embarrassing Amount: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in the age of the Male Glance

I finally managed to write a thing about what I consider the best show on TV right now. And I did it without spoilers! Even though it’s in its final season and it just keeps getting better, and even though I would love to write about what’s happening right now, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had the goods starting with Season 1, Episode 1. It knew exactly what it was doing the whole time, and while we were busy laughing at its near-constant jokes, it was setting itself (and us) up to become a masterful exploration of mental illness and the damage people are coping with in their lives from a joyfully feminist perspective. It’s still really, really funny, too. But the point is, if you haven't seen the whole series, or any of the series, this essay was written for you.

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Go ahead and love something an embarrassing amount, Vol. V: Lightness and its meaning

The world is an objectively heavy place to live in right now, and this has paradoxically become almost routine. As Sarah Koenig put it in the fifth episode of Serial’s third season, “‘what are you going to do’ starts to feel like an answer, rather than an urgent question.” But even when you do pose it as a question…what are you going to do? If you are so weighed down by the heaviness of the world at every moment, how will you ever see the ways in which you can engage with it? Italo Calvino means, I think, for us to stop thinking of literature as an escape or a frivolous pursuit and to reframe it, instead, as an engine for creative and flexible thinking.

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Big Mouth is for you, too

In Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, Lindy West writes that “feminism is really just the long slow realization that the things you love hate you.” I am not categorically against gross and embarrassing humor, but I have often felt that it is categorically against me. I think my trepidation about Big Mouth was rooted in this: what if I laugh at this show, only to see it, too, turn on me? But with a cast list that included Jessi Klein, Maya Rudolph, and Jenny Slate, I decided to give it a shot and trust it, if only to be able to say that I’d tried in good faith to like it.

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Go Ahead and Love Something an Embarrassing Amount, Volume IV: Enter my first guest blogger

Readers of Slow Twitch Prose, I give you Tristan Axelrod on his favorite type of humor. Incidentally, his love of it is more embarrassing to me than it is to him, but I think it still counts. He’s also a pretty good writer, and here he gives a very lucid explanation of his favorite jokes and what makes them funny (to him, at least).

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