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Special: Book Club Show #1: Why Would You Go to Harrisburg?!
A NEW CHALLENGER APPEARS!
Have Spacesuit, Will Travel
is one of my favorite Heinlein young adult novels.
Note that we recorded this
Weiner's Monday press conference.
I went over the books I've read in the past two years to find some good scifi to suggest, but looking at the list reminded me that I haven't read anything all that great from the scifi genre (maybe World War Z Counts). I do plan on reading Little Brother before the end of the year though.
This is the clip I was talking about:
Dear Jon Brescia:
Are you in fact, a time travelling gangster from the 40s?
I am not, but if you have any tips on maintaining that impression, let me know; perhaps it will up my cred around the state capitol. Organized crime seems to play well there!
Just keep speaking in your natural fashion. You need no other pointers.
I grew up sounding like a hillbilly, if you'll believe it.
Fun podcast guys. Thanks for the kind words, RB. I think part of my problem with Hunter S. Thompson is, well, cynics hate other cynics. I definitely prefer his writing to Burroughs, though. Thompson had a sense of humor! Burroughs just seemed to hate himself for being gay and did drugs to cope. I guess that's a different sort of coping reason to power drug addiction. Of course, the '60s and '70s drug writer that fascinates me is Philip K. Dick. I can't quite figure out what the fuck was going on with him, and sometimes his realistic fiction snares me much more strongly than his sci-fi. The book Voices From The Street haunts me, months later. What the fuck, Dick?
I know I keep being all "OMG I LUV YOU MAAAAAN" about the podcast thing, but I honestly believe that I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for you. It seems that I'm often lucky in the people I meet, who convince me that I'm able to be more than what I am.
I think that HST had a generally positive view of people; he thought that we'd just lost our way and would, with time and luck, find it again. PKD just thought that we were bastards and would keep being bastards until we finally figured out how to set the whole planet on fire. Of the two, it's easier to see why HST was more generally depressed, because he kept waiting for us to figure it out and move forward, where as PKD never expected anything like that. If the worst happened, it was just confirming what PKD thought.
I grew up in Hatboro, by the way.
Well I'm glad knowing me has had a positive impact on your life! If we're gonna be all bro-hugging and shit, I don't have a lot of male friends I'm close with (most of my close friends are female) and it's nice having dudes who give a shit about me as well.
Have you read PKD's VALIS or its prototype, Radio Free Albemuth? Dick was obviously convinced Nixon was Satan incarnate. I know he was a dickbag, but wow...
Great podcast guys, really enjoyed it and definitely the best first podcast I've heard in a long time. (Even though it had two veteran podcasters on it (^_~) ).
Looking forward to the next one.
Half way through, enjoying it even though I haven't read the book, as of yet. Amusing that none of you believed the Weiner story even with his ridiculous semi-denials.
Just paused the podcast to watch the Simpsons and of course it's the one where Homer changes his name to Max Power. How did you sons of bitches manage that? Coincidences scare me sometimes.
Jon, I think you should change your name to Chesty La Rue.
Super-thanks for the positive comments, folks. I'm definitely appreciative of the fact that I had two competent fellows to hide behind!
Name change: pending.
Btw, Lies of Lock Lamorra would be a good book to read.
It would be a
book to read. We've already got "trendy contemporary fantasy" covered with "Name of the Wind".
I mean, not to say that it's
, but I wouldn't put both on the list.
This podcast was definitely a success.
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