"The snow's going sideways, it's swirling," said Billy Barr from the abandoned silver mine he lives in at more than 12,000 feet in altitude in the Rocky Mountains. He's the only full-time resident of Gothic, Colorado.
The new "Biggest Loser" wants us to believe that the journey of transformation is internal and individual, that we can shape our bodies to our will. But what if it's not us we need to transform but the world we've built?
The coronavirus has slowed down the pace of human activity in cities. In a small college town, the sudden stillness is not so severe. But the pace of felt change has accelerated, resulting in a similarly disorienting effect.
Dunning-Kruger Effect (DKE) is a phenomenon where people lack the ability to understand their lack of ability. While strains of DKE typically circulate seasonally, a new and more virulent strain called DKE-19 is now reaching pandemic proportions.
I want to tell three stories. In order to preserve the privacy of the people here described, I've changed a very few details and omitted proper names, but the storylines themselves are based upon flat fact.
Are you desperately searching for proof that there is, in fact, still goodness in this crazy, mixed-up, pandemic-cowed world? You are? Well then, might I direct your attention to this Chicago neighborhood street corner?
From the messy heroines of "Fleabag" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" to the delusional vigilantes of "Mr. Robot" and "You," audiences can't resist watching characters who are crazier and more chaotic than we are.