Amy Darwon, 21, participates in environmental activism, works a community garden, spends plenty of time outside; riding her bike, hanging out in the woods, taking pictures, practicing meditation, and watching House, Lost, The Office, Its Always Sunny, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, COPS, Law and Order SVU, and Celebrity Apprentice.
Casual Men: What keeps you sane?
Amy: Ha. what?
CM: Sorry. i just mean, what do you do when you wanna, you know, chillll out.
Amy: Yea, i watch movies and TV all the time. On the internet, you see.
CM: Yea, TV on the internet. Thats where i get my TV.
Amy: Its funny because i remember once my mom told me this ‘scientific’ study said (in nasal mom voice) “you’re never more brain-dead than when you watch TV” and she said that to deter me from television obviously but now i’m like shit man, can i PLEASE be brain dead for a little while, that sounds tight. It’s like, i dont want to go to sleep or anything, but i dont want to be awake either, so i’ll just watch this reallllly stupid show for an hour and then i’ll go water my basil plant.
CM: Right, like a liminal space. For me: the dumber the show, the better…
Amy: That’s definitely true. If you try to watch NOVA or some like Edwardian period drama, you have to pay attention and become emotionally involved, but if i’m just watching House i can go pee, put my clothes in the dryer, and then come back and just be like “oh there’s tense music, the guy must be sick again…ok, cool here comes House with a banana bag, maybe this guy will go in to anaphylactic shock.” I dont even know what that means, and i dont even have to know to follow along, its so cool.
CM: So this time that you get to spend with yourself, its sort of meditative that way. Its like a new Bhuddism.
Amy: Im not sure if my mind is programmed to understand nature. I appreciate it and love nature, its beautiful, but i’m also a modern human and my mind sometimes needs to think like a magazine. TV is wonderful in that way.
CM: What makes you insane?
Amy: The food industry, and what Michael Pollan calls The Omnivores Dilemma.