I was blown away by S-Town, a podcast series from the producers of This American Life and Serial. John B McLemore, of Woodstock, Alabama, writes to This American Life producer Brian Reed to say that the son of a wealthy family in town has killed another young man and is bragging about it openly. Reed goes down there to investigate the murder report and gets enmeshed in the story.

I found the central character of S-Town to be inspiring, which is a surprising thing to say, because he is a monumental fuckup who comes to a bad end. But he’s also a brilliant polymath who lives life on his own terms and does what he wants when he wants to. I’m working on that.