Sunday Reads: Surf-Cam Bliss, the Stalinist ‘Truman Show’ and Repainting Jordans
When this whole “self-isolation” thing began, I ragged on the sudden popularity of virtual museum tours and the livestreams of once-accessible places. But now, it’s like the only thing keeping me going. Watching live-footage of big-ass waves thousands of miles away? Baby elephants having a snack? It’s all spectacular. Maybe I’ve just arrived at the point where I’m enamored with simpler pleasures, or maybe I was wrong all along. Either way, I see surf cams in my immediate future.
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Magdalene Taylor is a junior staff writer at MEL, where she began working two weeks after graduating college. Her work is a blend of cultural analysis and service, covering everything from reconsiderations of low-brow hits like Joe Dirt and Nickelback to contemporary disability issues, OnlyFans and the types of minor questions about life like why baby carrots are so wet. She’s also reported on social media phenomena like “simps” and “pawgs.” In 2018, she published her 111-page undergraduate thesis on Insane Clown Posse, the Juggalo subculture and the subversive aesthetics of class. She is from God’s Country, rural Western Massachusetts.