Finding Joy

In this year’s English Honors Seminar, we talked a lot about our pop-culture preoccupations—from Harry Potter and the MCU to anime, musical theater, and telenovelas—unabashedly celebrating and lovingly critiquing our fandoms. Inspired by the pleasure activism of Dr. Sami Schalk’s journey to #TwerkWithLizzo, our seminar embraced the idea that joy and scholarship need not be mutually exclusive. And certainly in these very difficult times, we need all the joy we can give and get. (Plus, pleasure is good for your immune system!)

To that end, please comment below and let us know what you’re watching, reading, listening to, playing, etc., to get you through these days. Share your own problematic faves and fandoms, or feel free to just post some funny memes, GIFs, or TikToks. Perhaps this can serve as an archive of pandemic pop-culture pleasures for our QC English community. And here’s to finding joy, however small and fleeting!

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13 thoughts on “Finding Joy”

  1. I play a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons with my husband and our 5-year-old, and that’s been pretty soothing and joyful.

    Prof. Briallen Hopper and I started a weekly Socially Distant Movie Night with friends, and we watch romcoms and live-Slack them together. We’re already in our 9th week, and it’s been one of the highlights of my quarantine! Of the movies we’ve done so far, The Half of It was def my fave.

    And I’m slowly binging one show at a time. When I was sick, it was mostly sitcoms like The Golden Girls. Then The Fosters. We just blew through Never Have I Ever, a problematic fave for sure. Next up, Crash Landing on You!

    1. Dr. Hong, The Half of It has been one of my favs too, I weeped! Would love to know what you think of Crash Landing With You, definitely a binge-worthy series.

  2. I always find joy when rewatching my favs. One of them has been Swiss Army Man (so many Dan/Daniels were involved in making that movie). I’ve also been watching The Midnight Gospel on Netflix, which has been difficult to watch at times, but is still a compelling and cool concept.

  3. Monty Python always brings me joy through all of this chaos….I love the Philosopher’s Soccer Match sketch they did as well as the aviation possibilities of sheep

  4. The podcasts I Hate it But I Love it and The Villain was Right never fail to make me laugh, highly recommend!

    1. Ooh, will look those up! Some of my fave podcasts that always crack me up are How Did This Get Made?, Keep It, and Ask Me Another. And a great new pandemic-era podcast I’d recommend is Staying in with Emily & Kumail!

  5. I rewatched all of La Casa De Papel (“Money Heist” in the American Netflix version) since the new season dropped last month.
    Also watching The Wire for the first time ever.
    Rewatched Snowpiercer because there is a TNT show premiering based on this movie I think this week.
    Also been having weekly game nights with friends and family.

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