It’s the oddities that get your attention.
Item: Andy Samberg makes his own sketches for Saturday Night Live.
“Interesting,” I think to myself. “This could be something.”
Item: Gatorade replays a football game from 1993.
Really interesting. Nobody outside the Delaware River region cared about this game in the first place. Why replay it?
Item: People handing out pie in Greensboro, Alabama. To change this city, they have decided on pie.
“Pie!” I say to myself. “Really!”
I am sitting in my kitchen in Rowayton, Connecticut. I am monitoring American culture as if listening to shipping lanes on a shortwave radio. I’ve got the giant headphones on. I’m trying to dial out the noise and dial in a signal. What I’m getting is oddities.