Checking In On Your True-Crime Pandemic

Get ready, everyone: every news outlet you can think of is readying their “one year in lockdown” packages, full of frustrated salon owners, angry anti-vaxxers, and (vaguely condescending?) reminders to wash your hands.

We’ll leave that type of coverage to the experts, but there’s one aspect of the milestone we do want to talk about — how a year in global health crisis has shaped the way you consume true crime.

Speaking for myself, that means that my podcast listening is more focused (but, unlike what I expected back in March, I am indeed listening). I’m not commuting, or going anywhere at all, really, so the only time I listen is when I’m doing stuff in the house. That means I’m paying way more attention than I would if I were driving (this is probably a good thing), with the result that I have a lot less patience with shitty or slow narratives.

Hmm, there’s probably something in there generally about my pandemic attention span, too. Longreads feel like more work these days, and books? Forget it. Not happening.

What we’re wondering is how a year working from home/avoiding gatherings/managing the stress of a pandemic is reflected in your true crime habits — anywhere from topics that no annoy you, to media you have embraced or dropped. What’s changed? — EB

PS Sarah asks that I remind you to vote in next month’s review poll. Scroll one item down to find the book descriptions here, then…

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