Susan is Behind the Times

by susanedotcohen

Proud to be ahead of the curve when it comes to Kim.

Proud to be ahead of the curve when it comes to Kim.

As evidenced by a piece I wrote on grammar, it is not unusual for me to be behind the times. If you did not read that piece, I will give a short recap. I did not know that you are contracts to you’re. I used your for both you are and your. I shared this moment of self-grammatical-discovery in a light, humorous manner even though I am still slightly embarrassed for myself. With this background, let me explain my behind the times problem, which extends beyond being centuries behind in grammar.

I am behind the times when it comes to popular culture.

  • I had no clue what Homeland was until the first season was out on DVD and did not start watching until last November.
  • Even though my entire family watches Downton Abbey, I had no idea the show existed for 1.5 season. I have yet to watch it.
  • Instagram was well on its way before I joined.
  • I did not read Vogue cover to cover until four weeks ago.
  • I still do not understand Beyonce’s appeal.
  • I started watching House of Cards before most, but I had no idea that there was so much buzz swirling around this series.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. I could name trends, websites, songs, movies, books, and restaurants that I discovered long after people were wearing the jeans, singing the lyrics, and raving about the food.  What makes this so difficult for me to accept is that I consider myself in the know. I have been reading the New York Post since adolescence and attended Barnard. However, in spite of my reading and my education, I remain behind. I am clearly not reading the right sources while procrastinating.

I feel this is something that must be rectified. The question is how? Is the answer reading more of New York Magazine and less New York Times?  Watching more E! News and less national news? Should I be watching Kathie Lee & Hoda? Do I need a high school student to catch me up? All I can say is that at least I am ahead of the curve when it comes to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Kim Kardashian. That is something I am very proud of and would not trade for perfect syntax, the latest jeans, and the ability to sing Rihanna songs.

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