S-Town tells us about ourselves

I finally finished S-Town this afternoon, a podcast released on March 28 by the makers of This American Life and the smash hit Serial. S-Town, short for “Shit Town”, is set in a small town in rural Alabama called Woodstock. It begins as a murder investigation, but ends up somewhere else entirely.

I can’t recommend the podcast highly enough, but not because of plot twists or a whodunnit murder investigation. It is, by its creator’s admission, structured as a piece of literature rather than a serialized drama, and takes a microscope to a sexually-confused, generous, and ultimately lonely man’s life. In the process, it tells us a lot about ourselves. Put aside some time, and give it a listen.

Cam Macmurchy

Hi! My name is Cam MacMurchy. I was born and raised in Canada and worked as a journalist before moving to China in 2004.

Today I work in Hong Kong as the Vice President of Corporate Communications of a listed company. I write about marketing, communications, and journalism, as well as technology and productivity, and anything else on my mind! I also occasionally contribute to 9to5Mac, one of the top Apple websites in the world, and run Executive Productivity. Contact me anytime.