Watching Gossip Girl at the End of the World

Nostalgia drew me in. But the escapism, absurdity, and innocent stupidity of the late 2000s kept me watching.

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It’s the second Friday in March, and nobody seems to be going outside anymore. I’m glued to my couch watching season 1, episode 11 of Gossip Girl, in which Blair Waldorf is coming to terms with her dad. He’s…