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Looking for off the beaten path quarantine tv recommendations

I’ll offer a few, hoping to get some good suggestions.

1.) Afterlife (Netflix) is best thing Ricky Gervais has done in years. It has his typical pace, so slow, awkward. But it has a huge heart, and very human. And some great views of Hemel Hempstead, London’s best town. It’s a show about grieving that somehow ends up uplifting.

2.) The Plot Against America (HBO). Wow. This is intense, and perhaps a bit too real. David Simon is the best tv writer of a generation. John Turturro is an amazing actor. Like everything from Simon not an easy, light watch. But very well done.

3.) The Leftovers (HBO). Uneven, up and down during its run. But the last season is really really really great tv. Just like The Wire is what Homicide should have been, this is what Lost should have been. If you even sorta liked Lost you’ll want to watch this until the end. And both Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon are really good.

(None of these are for the family)

So what should I watch next?

Requiescat In Pace

Carole Brookins was a commodities trader in Chicago who in 1980 realized the massive gap in info/understanding between markets and government folks, and capitalized on it by forming her own company. She went on to serve as executive director of the World Bank. A hellova career by any standard.

One summer during college I worked for her at World Perspectives. Total nepotism thing. I’ve never been less qualified for anything in my life. But Carole was kind and patient and I learned more about markets and econ and so many things that summer from her and her crew than from any other experience in my life. She was passionate and quirky and amazing and so many more adjectives.

When I graduated from college Carole gifted me a travel wallet, with an assortment of currencies from various countries (yes, pre Euro. I’m old) and a note that basically said “now go use these.” I cashed them in, and probably bought beer instead. But her perspective, her world perspective, has stayed with me. She will be missed.