What I’m into right now: May

I’m currently counting down the days until my vacation (14!!!) because I’ve had enough and I desperately need to spend a few days sitting outside and doing nothing. Until then if you’ve got any tips for coping with burnout, send ’em my way! Here’s what’s getting me through lately:

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist

I’m trying to get better about spoilers, so I promise you that I’m not giving anything away here because the first episode alone is bonkers. I’d heard of the Pizza Bomber case before, but I had no idea how deep it went or how truly bizarre it turned out to be. I love watching documentaries about cases I vaguely know because I learn so much more, and because I’m a know it all. But at the same time, I don’t really like watching videos YouTube-style, usually because I don’t have any patience so just tell me what happened already. As a result, watching a documentary on TV is the only way I’ll ever see the clips associated with cases.

So of course I’ve never actually watched video of this case and holy fucking shit. There’s an honest-to-God CANE GUN?? I learned the word componentry. And don’t get me started on Marjorie, mostly because I can’t find the words for her. Especially after trying to watch Wild Wild Country for the second time, I really appreciate this documentary’s style because it tells an insane story in a way that had me cackling and WTF-ing at the same time. The news footage from this case is fantastic, and there’s nothing like watching and listening to people tell their own stories. Especially when those people are from Eerie, Pennsylvania.

What Did You Do?!

I came across this podcast in a massive comment thread on the MFM Facebook Group where a member asked for recommendations of true crime podcasts by people of color. While I love a well-produced story, nothing brings me as much joy as listening to two funny people get real about crazy-ass crimes, and my love for this podcast is rivaled only by my first love for MFM. That’s saying a lot, by the way. Dee and Charneil are pretty much my besties now because they’ve cracked me up through so many commutes already. Plus they’re both social workers, and I love how they bring a trauma-informed perspective that’s been sorely missing from many true crime podcasts. The best part? They’re still a pretty young podcast, so it’s only a quick binge to catch up!

Honorable mention:

Kacey Musgraves’ newest album – it’s been a bright sweet spot amongst all the other stuff I’ve been listening to lately, and I can’t stop trying to sing ” Space Cowboy.” Sad Single Past Jordan would’ve learned how to play it on guitar by now.

13 Cameras

This recommendation came from my beloved Stephen, who characterizes my preferred Netflix genre as “death, rape.” He knows me so well 😍

Well, he wasn’t wrong.

SPOILER someone gets murdered! But if that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t be talking about this, would we? Let it be known that this movie was creepy AF and if Stephen hadn’t pressured me to watch it I would have chickened out and given up, because I wanted to at least three times while watching. But I finished it and I’m not sure when I’ll sleep again because IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANY RENTER.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

This story follows a teenage girl who is adjusting to life with her new foster family while preparing to testify in court against her mother, who is a serial killer. It came recommended by fellow creepy book-lover Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. The story was refreshingly different from your standard crime novel, but skin-crawlingly dark and full of trauma, like a British SVU episode from the POV of a teenage victim. One of the biggest takeaways for me is that I’m so grateful I’m not a teenager right now, because the descriptions of bullying are so, so upsetting. But I think it’s super cool that the author is a psychologist, because I found her main character’s voice so fascinating and understandable and real.

And on an unrelated note:

I laugh about this at least once a day while sitting at my work desk.

You know I’m always looking for suggestions! What are you watching/reading/listening to these days?