Today, it is my intention to present something else malaise-dispelling, this time without any sneaky malaise-inducing discussion of death afterward. Let's see how it goes.
Several years ago, F. and I invented what I still think would be a really excellent reality program. It would be called Apartment Animal and would feature a series of apartment dwellers taking up residence with various apartment-unsuitable animals. Apartment Rhino. Apartment Goose. Apartment Minks. (The plural in the latter is critical. Oh Christ, there are fifteen deranged minks are tearing one another to pieces in the middle of my living room! Help.)
Japan, being Japan, seems to have independently invented something pretty much exactly along our proposed lines, only less about chaos and destruction and more about cuteness. Click here, as they used to say in the olden days, and see an actress spending the day in a small apartment, or a day-like stretch of time in an apartment-like soundstage, with two red pandas.