Sentimental Garbage is a podcast run by the Irish author Caroline O’Donoghue, in which she chats to people about books. In the special mini-series, Sentimental and the City Caroline discusses all 6 series of Sex And The City with Dolly Alderton.
I feel like such a total arsehole for dismissing this podcast for weeks as sort of light chatter about SATC. I’m all up for light chatter but I thought, “I’ll get to that at some point”. What it is in reality is a PhD level deep, deeeeeeep dive into the whole of SATC and incredibly insightful, very raw, powerful side conversations about very personal stuff about relationships, friendships, status anxiety, the humiliations and insecurities that come with any artistic endeavour (but which I’m sure will ring true to non-artists, too). And a billion other things besides, it’s just about everything, pointing out things I had never realised (and I am ten years older than these women) about all sorts of stuff that bothers me but that I have never articulated to myself, or had articulated for me. It made me realise afresh how isolated we have all been during lockdown. I love Giles, he is my best friend, but he doesn’t give me this kind of input and all my girlfriends are married with children – we don’t get the chance to sit down for three hours and just talk, even out of lockdown.
Caroline and Dolly get pretty drunk during these episodes and occasionally become so overwhelmed about the subject matter that they burst into tears and, I mean, I just can’t even express how incredibly enlightening, moving and meaningful this all is. Don’t laugh! It really is. My most overwhelming feeling is that I really wish this had been around when I was 26 or 27. I was tied up in a couple of reasonably dysfunctional female friendships around that time and I just didn’t have anything approaching this standard of level-headed, straight-talking, fully supportive female energy around me and, god… it would have been useful.
Anyway, I wish I could say that you don’t need to be a big fan of SATC for this series and while you don’t need to be a super-fan (as I am) you do need to have a reasonable level of patience for a lot of detailed discussion about e.g. the significance of Miranda’s lilac eyeshadow in Series 6. But if you can summon up a passing interest in the TV series to cope with such minutiae, please listen to this. I am coming to the end of it and I am just dreading it being over. That’s the only bad thing about it and each episode is hours long, literally hours. It could be hours more, that would be fine.