We in this
"I’m not ashamed to admit that I was obsessed with Cohen at the time (although much like Xander Harris on Buffy, as an adult I would come to realize he’s an asshole wrapped up in the wish fulfillment of the series’ straight white male creator)"
This is the content the world needs in 2021! I've listened to every single Keep It from the jump and you're my favorite cultural critic (love Louis and Aida too). My son is named Xander after the Buffy character and my daughter Veronica after V. Mars. I remember once being stuck far away from home when a key Buffy episode was going down and the friend we were with couldn't get his girlfriend to tape it because she was already taping some other dumb show. I remember someone thinking James Baldwin was related to "the Baldwin brothers." I love that you talk about August Wilson one minute and Britney the next. Randomly, I recently started writing a column about language and pop culture where of course I list Keep It as a recommendation. Love you, Ira, and excited for Frank!
I don't know doodoo about pop culture. I am completely out of it. Which has its advantages, I think. Or I hope.
The recording of the TV shows hits so close
To home for me. I was in junior high and my parents forbid me from watching TV during the weekdays (Monday-Thursday), so I had to man my VCR on weeknights to make sure I got all my content: (Monday’s was Ally MacBeal, Tuesday’s was Buffy/Dawson’s Creek, Thursday’s was Friends/Seinfeld,) and I got to enjoy the entire tape over the weekend, but I was always one step behind. The only show my family watched together was the FOX Sunday night lineup, ending with our fave, the X files. You’re essay spoke to me because now I get to watch whatever I want, whenever, and that’s a gift. These younger girls don’t know the struggle! Anyways, love you Ira!!!!