This is sort of an addendum to my Land of Confusion post about college from a couple of days ago. My sophomore year I lived in the quad at Penn. I got incredibly lucky and had something like the 4th pick of rooms for upperclassmen. I picked a nice big single room that faced the Junior Balcony. I loved that room. I also made some really good friends on my floor that year. One friend I made that year was a guy who didn’t live on our floor but was friends with the guy who lived next to me. His name was Walter Bell.
A few months ago I was listening to an interview on Fresh Air with W. Kamau Bell. I had heard about his TV show but had never seen it and was enjoying the interview when Terry Gross asked him what the W stood for and he told her it stood for Walter. Suddenly I realized that he was the Walter that I knew at Penn. The Walter who left in the middle of our sophomore year to move back to Chicago and who I was pen pals with for a while. The Walter who wrote me very funny letters that I wish I could find.
I started watching Totally Biased, his TV show, and really liked it. When the new season started I couldn’t watch full episodes but I watched all the clips on YouTube. A few days ago he announced that his show had been cancelled. I think that is a real shame. He posted a few of his favorite clips from the show on his blog. They are definitely worth watching and there are a lot more on his YouTube channel.
I really hope you find another outlet for your talent, Kamau! I will be watching for it.