Nobody outright tells you to feel this way, but you do anyway — your internal voice telling you that Stephen King mass-produces pop lit, and you’re not supposed to love it. But you do anyway. I was reminded of the stupid literary phony living in my brain when I picked up the current issue of Harper’s and found a King short story, “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation.” It’s about a son and a father, and the elderly father’s grip on reality fades in and out. Then something happens. And you’re reminded that you’re stupid and Stephen King is awesome.
Speaking of guilty pleasures, Weeds — the Showtime series about the widowed suburban mom who turns to pot dealing — is wrapping up its eighth and final season this weekend (10 pm Sunday, Showtime). Years ago, the premise seemed original — a desperate mom trying to provide for her children — and the characters palatable. But even while knowing there are no heroes, I still find myself watching, because train wrecks are interesting (and because you can stream old seasons on Netflix, unlike better Showtime series).
The third installment in the I-don’t-feel-guilty-but-I-probably-should category is Politifacts’s Settle It! app. The idea is you can use the free app to settle your political arguments — I wish that were even possible in my family — but mostly you can use it to shame other people for being stupid. And wrong. And you can show them the proof with a few clicks on your phone. Besides looking up tidbits that PolitiFact has checked, you can take its weekly challenge, where you’re tested on your current political knowledge — which, for political geeks, makes for a good game.