On Monday, my library closed its door to the public for the foreseeable future. For me, a rabid reader who had at least seven books waiting — including one about real CIA agents in Russia in the 80s — it was the biggest blow of self-isolation since the suspension of the baseball season.
In these strange days, as people are being told to stay home and limit their in-person social interaction, we’re seeing an increase in companies pushing up the release dates of movies on VOD because theaters are closed. Disney+ released Frozen 2 on their service three full months early to help parents whose kids are now stuck at home. New releases like The Hunt, Emma, and Birds of Prey are seeing early VOD releases with rental prices around $19.99.
We’re definitely seeing a fascinating shift in how media is being delivered.
With inevitable binge-watching ahead of us, we want your recommendations for what to watch and read next. I personally just watched all of Crashing, the first TV series by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose sole season is on Netflix. I recommend it if you are a fan of Fleabag. Up next is all seasons of Westworld, which I am woefully behind on.
For those craving baseball, Ken Burns has released his epic documentary Baseball on PBS, which streams for free.
For books, I’m reading the stack I can’t return to the library, which includes the Skottie Young graphic novel Middlewest, Jacqueline Woodson’s remarkable family portrait Red At the Bone, Ali Wong’s audiobook Dear Girls, and I’m going to resort to Amazon to get the aforementioned spy book The Moscow Rules by Jonna and Tony Mendez (she’s the former CIA chief of disguise, and he was played by Ben Affleck in Argo)
What do you have in your queue?