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Hello and goddam we made it to FIFTY!
After this year and a half of letting politics and social commentary exist on this show only as it came up within the conversations, for the first time, I’ve decided to talk for a few minutes all by myself at the top of the show, pretty much completely off topic, pretty much about my working through how to be a 53-year-old white straight male ally in these days of Trump and Weinstein and C.K.
If you can make it through that ...
Michael Ian Black and I talk about everything from our moms (of course) and his recent memoir, “Naval Gazing,” about his mother and her illness, among other things, to his podcast, “How to Be Amazing,” to dream jobs, to his twitter activism fighting Trump and all the other horrible shit therein that’s happened this year, to his three-decade (what I’m calling) love-feud with Marc Maron. Oh, and fame. We talk about fame too. Here’s verifiable information his bio says about him:
Eleanor Gordon-Smith’s “This American Life” piece: by turns upsetting, fascinating amusing and maybe ultimately depressing story on trying to get a few Australian men to reconsider the “harmless”ness catcalling and ass-slapping.
Want more on the awful topics of recent weeks? Try Googling: Jessica Valenti, Rebecca Traister, Bell Hooks, Barbara Erenreich
Next week: Part two of the M.I.B. conversation, as well as another rant, this time about the extra added power of having not just money or employment but fame as a weapon that entertainment/arts-world abusers wield; and how now do we go on being fans of the white guys we love?
There's some fun/funny stuff in there too, I hope.
Thanks so much to Ed Patenaude, Christian Condari and Anja Schutz for invaluable help in making these first 50 happen!