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24 Reading the News

I made a list of 100 things I should do that scare me. In 2020, I plan to complete all 100.


I don’t read the news. Ever. But I keep pretty well updated on what’s going on in the world.

How? By reading satire.


I love satire. I love it as an art form—my favorite books growing up were the Series of Unfortunate Events, which are about as tongue-in-cheek as it gets—and I love it as a way of bringing news. If you’re used to reading satire, it’s easy to pick the few pieces of truth out of the sarcasm, and it delivers information in a way that makes me laugh instead of want to cry.

Still, I miss things by never reading any real news.


The biggest problem for me has always been political news. My greatest fear is human stupidity, so I’ll lay awake at night, heart pounding over dumb things I heard someone say. Seeing those dumb things become law is something I’d rather not think about.


Maybe it’s a cop-out for me to choose to face my fear of reading the news right now, when no one’s reporting on politics at all. I’d be more scared to read about COVID-19 if I weren’t already facing the effects of the virus every day (some close friends of ours are convinced they have it, though their symptoms are “mild” enough that the doctors aren’t testing them, and my mom is sure she had it).


But it’s as important a time as any to stay informed. So I read some articles.


I probably shouldn’t have done this. Had my first real anxiety attack of the quarantine yesterday. Upgrading this from level 2 to level 3.

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