After a much-too-long hiatus, Egad! returns wth a new episode. In it, we discuss the grim dystopia we’ve found ourselves in, the indie publishing business, improv classes and whether comedy has a place in the Trump regime, and what we’ve been watching and reading, including The OA, The Good Place, Westworld, and Laurie Penny’s Everything Belongs to the Future. (more…)
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EGAD! makes a semi-triumphant comeback with talk about the current state of TV, the desire to retreat into familiar entertainment, belated Mad Men and Orphan Black post-mortems, video game and film chat, plus Paul’s plan to increase listenership and his flawless David Lynch impression. (more…)
In episode 11, recorded before Paul’s dental surgery, Leland and Paul discuss why no one cares about NSA surveillance, “adventure capitalism,” whether MFA writing programs are a pyramid scheme, the backlash against Miranda July, Birdman, and what they’ve been reading and watching. (more…)
In this tenth episode/one year anniversary celebration, Leland and Paul take on Transparent, what defines “serious” or “adult” fiction, and whether literary types take themselves too damned seriously. (Spoiler alert: they do.) (more…)
Leland and Paul discuss the potential X-Files revival, Oscar nominations, Leland’s disappointment with Boyhood, and their shared disinterest in historical biopics. They also pitch an Expendables spin-off starring badass aging women stars, make predictions on how Mad Men will end, and chat about what they’ve been reading and playing. (more…)
In the first episode of 2015, Leland and Paul stare into their scrying orbs and offer their cultural predictions for the New Year. They also talk shop about fiction writing, heap praise upon Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, express apocalypse fatigue, chat more about race and Hollywood, discuss forgotten-yet-classic episodes of the Twilight Zone, and much more. (more…)
In this impromptu, off-the-cuff, and lightly edited holiday episode of EGAD!, Leland and Paul ostensibly discuss our favorite comfort media that we turn to in times of sickness or year end. Including: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Airplane!, comedy specials and albums new and old (Chris Rock, Maria Bamford, Wyatt Cenac, David Cross, Chelsea Handler, Eddie Murphy’s RAW, etc.), and much more. Featuring holiday classics performed by Twisted Sister and Lita Ford, Skid Row, and Porn Orchard pretending to be Peter Murphy and Tom Waits!
Other topics of seasonal cheer discussed: (more…)
Video games!!! After months of health issues and various maladies, Leland and Paul emerge from the valley of the shadow of death for a long-overdue return to podcasting. We chat about how we’ve been convalescing: lots of video games, reading, and movies and TV. We discuss the totally awesome ’90s video games awards show Cybermania ’94, Peter Dinklage’s half-assed voice acting in Destiny, plus what we’ve been playing, including The Last of Us, The Lord of the Rings, Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, Persona 4, and the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series.
In book chat, we discuss David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. We also discuss great TV past and present, including Six Feet Under, The Knick, Deadwood, Carnivale, Hello Ladies, the impending return of Twin Peaks, and the failures and merits of Arrested Development Season 4.
Finally, we also chat about class, race, and diversity in Hollywood, Coen Brothers movies we love and don’t love, Stephen Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, the unsung greatness of Bad Boys 1 and Bad Boys 2, 2012, Tron Legacy, as well as whether John McCain and his family enjoy weekend spa retreats and vision quests in Sedona.
Back in our day, coders were either tinkering nebbishes, family members incapable of human connection, or methed-out goths wearing unfortunate facial hair and flowing trenchcoats.
With the popularity of Watch Dogs, Halt and Catch Fire, Silicon Valley, and their ilk, Leland and Paul discuss the rise of the coder as a hip cultural figure — rebel hackers, iconoclastic visionaries, and brogrammer entrepreneurs. How did people staring at a terminal embody the most relevant cultural figures of our time? And do pop culture portrayals of rebel hackers bear any resemblance to reality?
Books! Paul and Leland chat about the legacy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as well as what they’ve been reading, including Lawrence Wright’s Scientology expose and the Pulitzer-winning novel The Goldfinch. Also covered: devil-worshipping rocket engineer Jack Parsons, character-driven science fiction, and why the web browser fails as a reading device. (more…)