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Over the past few years, America’s fascination with true crime has blossomed. Series from the podcast “Serial” to Netflix’s 'Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel' have garnered huge followings due, largely, to audiences’ morbid curiosity and the taboo of it all: Why did they do it? How did they do it? What drives them? How were they able to move about society undetected? ⁠ ⁠ There’s also the desire to understand the dark side of the human condition. Women—who are often the primary consumers of true crime, according to a 2010 study—tend to view true crime as an educational tool, providing a framework on how to detect potential abusers and avoid dangerous situations. Plus, an unsolved mystery can be entertaining as hell. ⁠ ⁠ Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a daily true crime habit, but if you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or paranoid, you may need to re-evaluate how much you’re taking in. Recent research showed that when people actively consumed crime news, whether through news outlets, radio, or television documentaries, they reported being more fearful of crime—regardless of actual crime rates. The same can be said for true crime fans. It’s important to monitor how you’re feeling as you’re listening, reading, or watching—which is easier said than done—and be aware of how these stories may negatively impact your mental health.⁠ ⁠ 🔗: Link in bio to read more. ⁠ 📷: Collage by Cathryn Virginia | Images via Getty
Let's stop pretending there's anyone better to follow the late Alex Trebek.⁠ ⁠ Earlier this year, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced that its first-ever PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion will be LeVar Burton. He was selected by the organization as a way to recognize his ongoing contributions to literacy, through 155 episodes of Reading Rainbow, his LeVar Burton Reads podcast, and his decades of support for book geeks everywhere. ⁠ ⁠ Although that’s an incredible honor, Burton is still crossing his fingers that another intellectual institution will notice what he’s been doing since the early 80s. ⁠ ⁠ Anyone who’s seen three minutes of Reading Rainbow knows how encouraging and supportive Burton can be, which would benefit everyone involved. He also knows what it’s like to compete on the show too: in 1995, Burton absolutely dominated his appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy, collecting two Daily Doubles and outscoring the speed skater in second place by more than $11,000. (It’s also impossible to imagine Burton making fun of contestants for missing a clue, the way Dr. Mehmet Oz allegedly did during his time as host, according to one recent champion.) ⁠ ⁠ As of this writing, more than 231,000 people have signed a Change.org petition encouraging the show to go with him. It's the right choice and everyone knows it.⁠ ⁠ 🔗: Link in bio to read more (and sign the petition). ⁠ 📷: Via Getty ⁠ ⁠ ⁠