Yesterday, as I was waiting to watch "Outnumbered" on PBS, I skipped into "Cool TV," which is a channel reminiscent of MTV back when it didn't emit such a garbagey stank of decomposition, but instead showed music videos. Granted, these Cool TV videos usually involve neon and lasers, but once in awhile you find something as surprising as a 20 in your winter coat pocket.
Like this video for R.E.M.'s "End of the World."
I didn't immediately recognize the song, but stopped at the channel because of the image of the boy in the abandoned house with the photo of the boy. When I figured it out, I had to catch my breath. What a perfectly disjointed experience: life. A boy on the floor with his dog. A toy snake. Riding a wall. Conducting music to sheep... So much energy in the abandon of it.
Sometimes I think TV is junk, and I don't want to eat it, but feel sad, so I do. Today, Cool TV was like drinking a kale smoothie after a day of donuts.