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Episode 66: The Masterful Short Story "Star Wars"

John looks like the Unabomber and Ed's trying to write songs. They talk about extremeist groups, TED talks, the Zima of independent rock, Stephen Crane and Hart Crane, Jane Austen, and the noticing of small things, like, for instance, visibly hungover people in animal costumes. Follow links to Dean Ween on Guitar Moves, the socialist recording studio in the Lawrence Public Library, Skunk, the poems of Eric McHenry, Oaks Park, Tavern Books, and The Common.

Episode 66: The Masterful Short Story "Star Wars"


Episode 65: Halberds and Chihuahuas


Ed and John have nothing to say in Episode 65, so they talk unceasingly for 75 minutes about John's workday lunch habits, using a pepper mill as a microphone, eating pizza in the street, cheesemaking Mennonites, and several excellent new books. Follow links to the Temple of Zeus soup recipes (again), types of chefs, Pyrex storage bowls, Coppelia, queso Chihuahua, Fast Eddy's in Tok, Alaska, and books by T. R. Johnson, Alfred Starr Hamilton, Ann Leckie, and Ben Lerner.

Episode 65: Halberds and Chihuahuas


Episode 64: All Blacked Out for Hitler's Birthday

This week, John talks about his Philadelphia dining experiences and Ed contemplates the aftermath of the Triggering Town Review performance. Also: what are Dutch babies? Why do all high school students have Corvettes? And why don't your parents understand baba ghanoush? Then we abruptly cut off with a little song. Follow links to Underdogs, Vietnam, the Crown Victoria Bar, M. Shanghai, the Dutch baby, Marrakesh, Ed's song "O Fire", and John Pontrello and Pepper Proud singing "Lou's Got the Flu."

Episode 64: All Blacked out for Hitler's Birthday


Episode 63: The Pig is My Hostage

When is the right time to bring your child to the county fair? What are the names of all the counties in Kansas? How do you drive a car? Is that thing a mango or a bagel? Don't ask Ed and John. In Episode 63, they discuss poet laureatehood, running for office, thwarty bakers, and mermice. Follow links to Scriabin's Mysterium, New Jersey's counties, Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Elissa Washuta's My Body Is a Book of Rules, Alice Bolin's new essay on The Awl, Diagram magazine, and Kubel's.

Episode 63: The Pig is My Hostage


Episode 62: Super Silly All the Time

This week Ed and John end up actually talking about writing, but not before inventing the ice cream sandwich, addressing the smell of Southern California bodies, getting a face tattoo, and reading Julia Clare Tillinghast in the voice of Andy Rooney. Follow links to Bruce Smith's author photo, Dorothea Lasky's "I Am Eddie Murphy", Tillinghast's B.I.B.L.E., "Banquet", and "Looking At", John's essay on The Cramped, Butterick's Practical Typography, and the source of "They too tired!"

Episode 62: Super Silly All the Time


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?


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


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


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


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