Cartoonist Kate Beaton is an exemplary weirdo. Her webcomic about Canadian historical figures and other ephemera has gained a worldwide following of one million monthly readers. She has published an acclaimed book and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, but she remains mostly a self-published online artist. Jesse tries to learn her secrets.
Robyn Doolittle and Jonathan Goldsbie talk about unreported smells and Rob Ford’s mastery of modern media.
A few weeks after 9/11 reporter Jan Wong smuggled a box cutter onto an Air Canada Flight to see if she could. Jan Wong had a celebrity gossip column where she interviewed a homeless woman instead. Jan Wong called Quebec out for racism years before the Values Charter. Jan Wong was punk rock. Then, her editors threw her under the bus. She’s still not okay with that.
The Black Hoof made Toronto a hip restaurant town, and its imitators pop-up every week, all across Canada. Owner Jen Agg shares good wine and strong opinions about food culture, food trends and food media.
Jen Agg on Twitter (link)
David Chang, Matt Galloway, not Corey Mintz.
Where did all these loud little restaurants come from? Why did everyone suddenly get all into food? Are food trends just for idiots? Is food culture sexist? Do chefs all think they’re rock stars? Is the Internet better at choosing restaurants than food critics? Is Chowhound just a bunch of fucking jackals? Why are so many celebrated Canadian restaurants not really that good?
Norman Hardie County unfiltered Pinot Noir (link)
Lucien Crochet "La Croix du Roy" Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir (link)
How and why does Apple get paid for Apple Pay? Anders and Horace dive into the payments value chain and break it all down for you: what’s in it for users, merchants, issuing banks and payment networks. What are the risks and opportunities for Apple? Is th
Hoo boy. HOO BOY. In this episode, I team up with Leeman Kessler, creator and host of "Ask Lovecraft" and Actual Practicing Christian™ to talk about "Left Behind" and how friggin ridiculous it is. This episode is long! But you will learn things! Prepare to laugh and pray for your immortal soul.
Join us as internet music impressario, funny man, and expecting father Klopfenpop joins ME to talk about a really bad book about advice for people in his situation. This was written by a very confusing man who appears to exist in a middle ground between 1978 and 2014 and floats between them interchangably.
Please chill with us as we discuss the huge problems with invoking a sarcastic tone in a book that is designed to be a guide to pregnancy, and how it takes a special type of guy to write a book about having a baby that mostly revolves around men feeling bad.
Oh yeah, there are jokes too. Promise.
Bumper music: "Satisfaction" by Devo, "Had a Dad" by Jane’s Addiction, "Baby Steps" by Shubzilla and Klopfenpop
OH NO. I’M TACKLING A SACRED COW. i will gladly admit that talking about this book was my idea b/c i found it really off-putting in so many ways. after researching, i found out that this book is actually held in high regard by lots of people. guess what? those people are WRONG. it’s really awful.
join myself and internet ne’re-do-well Adam Marler (twitter’s @Dr_Cop) as we talk about "rocket ships", sexy secreataries, and Robert Heinlein’s crazy sex life. i promise you will walk away with a new respect for anybody who could stand to be around Mr. Heinlein for more than an hour at a time.
This is a long one. It’s a long one about a mystery novel written by Bill O’Reilly. And it guest-stars Jeb Lund. If you thought Jeb and I would be able to talk about a Bill O’Reilly novel for anything less than an hour, you are friggin’ crazy. Topics include: Serial Revenge Murder, Loofa/Falafels, Sade, and the absolute wrong way to perform oral sex.
Also I forgot to give Jeb time to plug stuff so please follow him on twitter: @Mobute
WARNING THIS ONE GETS PRETTY EXPLICIT YA’LL.
Bumper music: "Sister Sanctified" by Stanley Turrentine and Milt Jackson, "I’m Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock, and the man himself, Bill O’Reilly.
John Roderick (musician, podcaster) tells the tale of how his music career started.