Run—don’t walk—to watch Steve James’s latest documentary, a four-part ESPN series on Bill Walton, who is, among other things, a great basketball player from the 70s.
All of this is my way of introducing you to Timo, a hipster millennial on my bowling team. I call him a hipster millennial because . . . he’s a hipster millennial.
A few months back, Timo was telling me about The Good Fight, a roughly six-year-old TV show that he and his girlfriend were enjoying. He told me,
It’s about a fictitious law firm in Chicago. And it stars Delroy Lindo. And—oh, just watch it, Benny, you’ll love it.
So I gave it a shot. And Timo’s right. My wife and I are hooked. We’re plowing our way through episode by episode. But it’s funny that a millennial recommended it because . . .
It’s just about the Baby Boomer-est TV show you can imagine. It reminds me of Perry Mason. Lotsa courtroom drama. No fist fights. No weaponry. No shoot-outs. Or sex scenes.
Just witty dialogue exchanged by great actors, many of whom are Broadway stars. Like Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, etc. I half-expect them to break into a Stephen Sondheim number at any moment.
Like I said: Boomer City. But, wait, there’s more . . .
It streams on Paramount, a streaming service I don’t subscribe to, and have no intentions of subscribing to, as I’m already bankrolling too many tech tycoons with the many streaming services I already subscribe to.
I mentioned this to Timo and he said, “No problem. What you do is, you check out the DVDs from the library.”
So that’s what I’m doing. I order them and when they arrive at my local branch, I get a notice and I walk over and pick them up.
I think it’s great that a millennial—hipster or not—is using the library. I worry about libraries. I’m afraid that my aging generation will be the last to use them and that eventually they will fade out of existence.
I worry that whoever gets elected mayor will try to cut their hours. Like Mayor Rahm tried to do and Mayor Adams is doing in NYC.
I worry that MAGA will continue to wage its cultural war against librarians and censor the collection.
So it’s encouraging to meet a millennial, like Timo, who uses them.
One last thing . . . when I recently returned a disc of The Good Fight, the library computer spit out a request form. Meaning someone was waiting for me to return it so they could watch it. In conclusion . . .
I’m years behind on a show that was old news during the Trump administration. And I’m watching it on DVDs checked out from the public library. To paraphrase