The Anti-Mimetic Digest

Edition #3—New things I’m seeing, reading, doing, contemplating, or wanting.

Luke Burgis
5 min readMay 27, 2023

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Poster for the new streaming show Mrs. Davis

The Anti-Mimetic Digest is a breakdown of what I’m seeing, reading, doing, contemplating, or wanting—a new feature published once/month for subscribers.

👀 What I’m Seeing

Claire and I are in the middle of an intra-DC house move right now, so things are chaotic. I’ve been working 12–14 hour days — a nice combination of physical and intellectual labor, which is satisfying (moving/unpacking boxes or landscaping the backyard and thinking as I go, which sometimes gets me into trouble…). Normally my end-of-night relaxation is a good book…but this past week it has been trying out a couple of streaming shows — one of them old, the other new. (I just haven’t had the energy to read, at least with an active mind. I could probably read Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey or something, but that’s about it.)

I’m watching Friday Night Lights for the first time (oddly, Claire is the one who convinced me, not the other way around!). It’s truly extraordinary to watch a show about high school kids and never see a single smartphone.

But the show that really has my attention is the strange Mrs. Davis. It’s a profoundly theological show (though don’t take the theology in it very…

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Luke Burgis

Author of “WANTING: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life.” Find more at read.lukeburgis.com