It’s October first, and I’ve got all my candy corns in a row. Sort of. I am not feeling too productive. This week has been unusually busy. I’ve also temporarily fallen out of love with social media.
Usually I have an enthusiastic attitude about what social media can do. But this week especially it has felt like a forum for people to rain on one’s parade, whether it’s in the form of one-upping or trolling.
I’ve almost finished reading Something Wicked This Way Comes. Next on my list is Coraline, and then Frankenstein. I also want to read Lena Dunham’s new book. Does anyone have any stellar, spooky Halloween picks?
I have one for television: The Knick. I’ve been obsessing over it lately to anyone who will lend me an ear. And it is with the utmost confidence that I say it is the best show on television. Dr. John Thackery is a Don Draper with an Einstein brain, one who feeds his brain with lots and lots of cocaine. But Thackery is more deliciously likeable than the Mad Men anti-hero. His character arc (so far) in the series has been remarkable. That’s as much as I can say without spoiling anything.
Like Thackery, each character on the show subverts the stereotype given to them; from the Irish-strong nun Sister Harriet who works at the orphanage by day and gives abortions to desperate women by night; to the black deputy chief of surgery Dr. Algernon Edwards, who must keep his silent rage in check at the Knickerbocker but who explodes open with anger at the sordid bars when he gets drunk enough to numb himself to the rest of the ignorant world; to the philanthropic Cornelia Robertson who directs her educated, logical, empathetic soul to running the hospital when the sun is out and then subdues herself for her patronizing fiancé when she returns home for the evening.
The Knick is a battle between light/dark, white/black, men/women, public/private, sacred/profane. Each scene, character, and dialogue is laden with duplicities. Each episode seeks to unravel these secrets and sins.
“In the blackest darkness even a dim light is better than no light at all.”