Day Sixty-Eight: 3:30 AM

by Tom Noonan

3:30 AM isn’t good for many things.  It’s well past the 2 AM post-game threshold and around the time most channels decide to burn through their collection of movies starring people like Brendan Frasier and Hilary Duff’s sister.  The funny thing about 3:30 AM, it seems, is that the broadcasting landscape begins to actually resemble the world outside of its fictional universes.  You might find the same people on your screen at 3:30 AM that you could also find riding the train and fashioning homes for themselves out of discarded Chinese food cartons.  It is only at 3:30 AM that TV is actually a reflection, something we can recognize as true, as if we never even turned the power on and were just staring at ourselves on the screen.