Currently Consuming: Psych

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PsychThink Pysch is just another crime show? Psych! Think again.

About: The TV show Psych features Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is an observant man who has an eidetic memory and incredible investigation skills. In order to solve cases with the Santa Barbara police department, Shawn pretends to be a psychic. Opening up a business with his best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) called Pysch, the pair assist with solving crimes all the while trying to maintain their ruse.

Why:I have seen so many screenshots and gifs about this show (shout out to that fandom), and I have always wanted to sit down and give the show a chance. Turns out its just as great and funny as tumblr made it seem!

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Currently Consuming: Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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About: Put simply Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a sketch comedy show from the 60s. However when you look a little bit closer you see that the show was a revolution for absurdist humour, launched a number of careers, and had a lasting affect on humour which reaches into shows and movies of today.

Why: While I devoured the show during my childhood, my partner has only ever seen The Life of Brain and The Holy Grail. I feel like this is a huge oversight on his part and since Netflix has made the show available (in such a better quality than the VHS I watched the show on) we have been making our way through the 45 episodes.

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Spotlight: Billy Collins

Embrace

You know the parlor trick.

wrap your arms around your own body

and from the back it looks like

someone is embracing you

her hands grasping your shirt

her fingernails teasing your neck

from the front it is another story

you never looked so alone

your crossed elbows and screwy grin

you could be waiting for a tailor

to fit you with a straight jacket

one that would hold you really tight.

-Billy Collins

Billy Collins is an American poet whose style is one that emulates an almost personal conversation with the reader. Often times in a poem Collins will address the reader pondering the question of, ‘I am here, where are you?’ Coupled with this tearing down of the fourth wall is the humour evident in his work. Poems such as ‘Embrace’ (seen above) and ‘Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House‘ are the poems where this humour and almost bitter playfulness stand out the most.

Other themes addressed by Collins are numerous and vary greatly, however while humour is certainly evident in the work, so too is a sense of depression. References to anti-depressants and a developed sense of ennui litter the works sporadically. These moments of humour, sadness and above all an appreciation of the small things in life are all strongly evident in Collins work. The collections and published books of Collins are a pleasure to read as his work is very accessible to the reader. There is no extended or complicated focus on style or form, rather Collins presents simple yet poignant poems. This distinct style and body of work is one that, for me, makes Collins an inspired and brilliant poet.

For a sample of his work, a few of Billy Collins’ poems can be found here and here.