Some Good Podcasts
Recommended shows/episodes, if you need stuff to listen to...
If over coming weeks you are traveling and in search of something good to listen to, here are some podcasts I’ve enjoyed lately…
If Books Could Kill – a new podcast from Michael Hobbes about airport books. ICYMI: Books aren’t fact checked!* Many gigantic bestsellers are therefore very full of crap. Excited to see what else this show takes on.
Articles of Interest – I’ve been loving this latest season of Avery Trufelman’s excellent show. It’s insightful, deeply researched and beautiful sounding. Highly recommended if you like fashion but also if you also think fashion is like irrelevant to you or beneath you or whatever.
You Are Good – A podcast from Sarah Marshall and Alex Steed that I find myself returning to again and again. Many eps are fantastic… I recommend browsing the show’s archive and listening to whichever titles call to you. For me, standouts include the Beauty and the Beast one, the Grosse Pointe Blank one with Chris Gethard, the Titantic one, the Moonstruck one, the recent one on Casper (turns out I had the entirety of that movie committed to memory… ). The song at the end of the Parent Trap episode made me cry.
Monkeypox and the Trans Community (TransLash) – This episode contains the most thorough and helpful reporting I’ve encountered on Monkeypox to date. A vital resource for trans and queer people but really everyone.
Frederick J. Brown (Heavyweight) – this show has been back with several great episodes so far; this one was particularly surprising. A story about how a work of art wound up in the trash.
The Sound of Sapphism (Switched on Pop) – a fun exploration of this sometime trend, including a conversation with King Princess.
I harvested some Brussels sprouts yesterday. I respect Brussels so much, because they are delicious, and because of their timing. Slower than every other vegetable in my garden. The Brussels just sit patiently by as I tend to everybody else. They can withstand frost and even snow.
I was finishing fall cleanup — covering beds with leaves — as the first snowflakes descended last evening. This morning the lawn and trees and everything are blanketed white.
Cozy season is upon us…
Sending you all my best, regardless of what you’re up to this next week (traveling/staying put, seeing people/not, eating a lot/not, celebrating this holiday&country/not),
p.s. *When I became an author, I was astonished that books were not fact checked. I’d recently quit a newsroom where, helping to run the features desk, we’d been very mindful of fact checking. Anyway for my first book — which is very much an examination of the nature of “truth” itself — I paid for fact checkers out of pocket.
p.p.s. Recommended read: my pal Rob Moor’s new New Yorker story about bonsai