Esquire (USA) : 2020-06-01

TABLE OF CONTENTS : 14 : 12

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BACK IN THE 1980S, THE R&B STATION IN ST. LOUIS used to play a track from Fatback called “Backstroki­n’,” whose lyrics—pretty much in their entirety—said, “Lookin’ for the good stuff? Why don’t ya tighten up on your backstroke?” When I was a young boy, the words struck me as deeply melancholy: No matter where you are in life, the song seemed to say, the best things will always be in your rearview mirror. As my life stretched out ahead of me, this funk band told me I’d spend it straining to turn backward, to the way things were. Quarantine Time Machine Social distancing provides safety and existentia­l dread in equal doses. It has also provided a golden age of the TV rewatch. by DAVE HOLMES 12