The 2020 presidential election was yesterday, and as we've known for months, it's taking a while to count the votes. We still do not know who the next president of the United States will be. Does the fact that we've known this would happen for months make us feel any less insane right now? It does not.
These next couple days are going to be a game of mitigation. Can we keep ourselves distracted for a few minutes? Can we get lost in a pleasant YouTube hole? Might we even access the part of our brains responsible for joy? It might be an uphill battle. But here are a few places to start.
What better way to get through this time than living in the past? Being in the present and looking to the future are far too dangerous this week, so I’ve been flipping through the thousands of performances available on the Ed Sullivan Show YouTube channel. I grew up on The Lawrence Welk Show, which is a G-rated, bring-out-your-bibles version of Sullivan, so being able to look back at all this iconic history has me wishing I had access to the diner storage closet from Stephen King's 11/22/63. Not only are there videos of a beautiful, charismatic Elvis, or the strange dynamic of the Beach Boys, but the Ed Sullivan Show hosted talent and comedy as well—if you really want an escape from our current doomsday, watch some juggling or tight-roping from the ’50s. —Ainslee Dicken, editorial intern