Monday, May 4, 2020

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Journal of a Lockdown No. 53

Sydney 2019 — Day 1

I'm taking some time off my academic reading, taking a chill pill for the day. Today reminds me of my time in Sydney: laid-back and relaxed, taking each moment as it goes without a dash of worry. For the first time in many months, I slept at 2 AM as I watched two episodes of The King: Eternal Monarch on Netflix. Is this the golden age of Korean cinema, or what? Parasite, Descendants of the Sun, Misty, Yong Pal—I've seen them. Those who dismiss Korean shows as mere Korean shows are missing the entire point: they are good pieces of art. I have come to enjoy them because, compared to American and European films, there is less sex (if any, at all) and more innocence and purity. The romance does not involve premarital sex. The good guys and the bad guys are clearly delineated. The music is extraordinary. They offer such clean fun. Too bad the next episodes of The King will come out next week. My friend Karen told me to watch them on Sunday evenings so I can binge on two episodes in rapid succession.

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  1. I don't get binge watching. I want a break between shows. Sometimes I don't even finish a whole show but stop in the middle to resume later.
    BUT right now I'm binge reading Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, reading the next as soon as I finish the earlier book. I guess since one book takes me a few days, it doesn't feel like too much.

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    1. Hahaha! I totally understand! Enjoy film and books at your own pace. I normally don't "binge-watch," but these past days I have deprived myself of any entertainment that I overcompensated today. I should check out The Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries!

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