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Jul202014

Episode 61: What Is this Place with Mayors and Kings?

John's back from Scotland, and Ed's in Idyllwild, bemoaning the flaws in his fellow man. They discuss the rich variations in Scottish cuisine, Pablo Neruda, poet voice, and the vulnerability of the diaper changer. Follow links to halloumi, haggis, neeps, and tatties, the Idyllwild Summer Arts program, Neruda's "Toward an Impure Poetry", Rich Smith on poet voice, and Justin Bieber's "Backpack."

Episode 61: What Is this Place with Mayors and Kings?

Saturday
Jun282014

Episode 60: Fife and Kent Are Adjacent

This week, Ed needs glasses, John can't stand the corporeal world, and both are drinking pretty decent coffee. The songs of Alex Chilton and John Darnielle are discussed, as is the best way to put George Washington out of his misery. Follow links to Mary Kay Letourneau, A Man Called Destruction, the Darnielle songs "No Children", "Palmcorder Yajna", and "Cruiserweights", Wolf in White Van, and tickets for The Triggering Town Review.

Episode 60: Fife and Kent Are Adjacent

Monday
Jun092014

Episode 59: New Listeners, Unicorns, Informed Voters

This week, Ed and John lament various things about America, including the Bowe Bergdahl thing, the American Indie Rock thing, and the losing your keys thing. Also: pant loss, daddy's giant ship, art pokin', and eating at museums. Follow links to questions about peonies, Billy Sothern, the American Museum of Natural History Food Court, the Mitsitam Cafe, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Food Court, and food at the National Zoo.

Episode 59: New Listeners, Unicorns, Informed Voters

Monday
Jun022014

Episode 58: A Bro Mainsplaining Couchlock

In episode 58, Ed and John talk about thinking by talking, foods that keep you up at night, the writing of Heinrich von Kleist and Franz Wright, and the lyrics of Ace Frehley. Ed reads a couple of poems and John lets the cat out of the room. Follow links to Legend, Just A Taste, On the Gradual Construction of Thoughts During Speech, Michael Kohlhaas, Kindertotenwald, "To Myself", and New York Groove.

Episode 58: A Bro Mainsplaining Couchlock

Monday
May262014

Episode 57: To Keep Us All Crisp

This week, Ed and John reflect upon death, particularly as it is represented in the frigid dream-space that is the refrigerator. They also talk about tinted eyeglasses, author bios, and dirty dishes, and Ed recounts that one time Ian Frazier stole his whiskey. Follow links, lots of them, to LED carpet, what the crisper actually does, Robert Walser, the menu at Pepy's Galley, The National Mustard Museum, William Kotzwinkle's The Fan Man, Rudolph Wurlitzer's Nog, Percival Everett's and James Kincaid's A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond, and "Professor" Michael Martone's Michael Martone: Fictions.

Episode 57: To Keep Us All Crisp

Thursday
May152014

Episode 56: How a European Eats a Pancake

Ed's back from his long journey exclusively through the United States of America. So he and John discuss Anne Carson, old videogames, New York fashions, Google's new DOS monocle, and breakfast for dinner. Follow links to Cycladic civilization, Kristen Schall is a Horse, @DrFNFurter's five-year tweet, Niagaravation, "Notes on Camp", the perfect tee shirt, Atari's Journey Escape, and the sharks of Lake Nicaragua.

Episode 56: How a European Eats a Pancake

Wednesday
Apr302014

Episode 55: Bob Is a Steak Freak

With Ed on the road, John called up LB alum Alice Bolin for a conversation about vanity and self-disgust, why men are so into history, the power of the dead girl on television, cooking the same two things for yourself again and again, letting people buy you dinner, and living where your favorite writers wrote. Follow links to Howard Blum's American Lightning, Alice's LARB article "The Oldest Story: Toward a Theory of a Dead Girl Show", and Missoula's Pearl Cafe.

Episode 55: Bob Is a Steak Freak

Sunday
Apr062014

Episode 54: People Have Been Setting Fires Out Here

Ed's in Wichita and John is sitting in a ray of sunshine, and they talk about the Golden Ratio, indie rock shows, the eccentricities of the very wealthy, saying that writers are "good," and the zoo. Special guest Brad Allen drops by to talk about the pressures of being executive director of the Lawrence, Kansas public library. Follow links to Zumpano, poems by Zubair Ahmed, Evan S. Connell's The Aztec Treasure House, The Donut Whole, LaMar's Donuts, Kirby's Beer Store, and Birds 'n' Brass.

Episode 54: People Have Been Setting Fires Out Here

Saturday
Mar222014

Episode 53: A Bunnymen-Blowfish Grand Guignol

Ed catches a break from his son's impending terrible twos in order to chat with John about hoodies, cabbage rolls, bad salads, what to wear in Seattle, a very good egg sandwich, and writing at the mall food court. Follow links to The Shmenges' "Cabbage Rolls and Coffee", Filson Outerwear, and Inglehoffer wasabi mustard.

Episode 53: A Bunnymen-Blowfish Grand Guignol

Saturday
Mar082014

Episode 52: The Lonely Bully

Ed had a bad AWP and John has new glasses again. They discuss the problems of attending a conference held in your home town, the horribleness of the United States Postal Service, the radical sexiness of the open kitchen, sauerkraut juice, and edible tableware. Follow links to Lookmatic, the Missoula avalanche, Frank's Kraut, The New York Times's no-knead bread, and Les Murray's The Daylight Moon.

Episode 52: The Lonely Bully