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"nick hornby" Discussed on A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over
"I wanted to get back to the book that we were talking about called Dickens and prince a particular kind of genius by Nick hornby. We talked about how it's sort of a meditation on perfectionism and how that can get in the way of your creativity, but we didn't really talk about his pondering their creativity itself and how in the world those two guys or anybody who super creative ends up being that way. And I wanted to share a line from that book that has stuck with me. He's trying to figure out what it was that made both prints and Charles Dickens so creative and eventually concludes every tiny step of their lives every single parental decision, school lesson, friend, uncle, magazine, day out, crush conversation, shopkeeper, made them that way. That I suspect is the best we'll ever be able to do. I really appreciated that notion that we're all a composite of all of our experiences come together. Oh, of course. Yeah, I believe in the uniqueness of people. But I also believe that in order to step in different streams, you must intentionally seek out those different streams. Expose yourself purposely and purposefully in a different world than the people around you. If you were consuming the same things there consuming the media and the experiences, then how can you produce differently than they produce? You have to consciously seek out a different world than they do in order to be different. Well, we'd love to hear your thoughts about creativity or perfectionism or a word that's been rattling around your brain. Give us a call 877-929-9673. Our team includes senior producer Stephanie Levine, engineer and editor Tim Felton, and quiz guy John Chanel. We'd love to hear from you, no matter where you are in the world, go to wayward radio dot org slash contact. Subscribe to the podcast here hundreds of past episodes and get the newsletter at wayward radio dot ORG. Whenever you have a language story or question, our toll free line is open in the U.S. and Canada, one 8 7 7 9 two 9 9 6 7 three or send your thoughts to words at wayward radio work. Away with words is an independent production of wayward Inc, a nonprofit supported by listeners and organizations who are changing the way the world talks about language. Special thanks to Michael Brest Lauer, Josh eccles, Claire gratin, Bruce rogo, Rick seidan worm and Betty Willis. Thanks for listening. I'm Martha Barnett. And I'm grant Barrett until next
A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over
"nick hornby" Discussed on A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over
"You're listening to away with words. The show about language and how we use it. I'm grant Barrett. And I'm Martha Barnett. The recording artist prince was astonishingly prolific. By the time he died in 2016, he'd already recorded enough songs to release a new album every 6 months for the next 40 years. And you know who else was astonishingly prolific? Charles Dickens. Amazingly, he was usually writing more than one novel at a time. And ultimately, he wrote some 4 million words. The British novelist Nick hornby has written a book that links those two it's called Dickens and prince a particular kind of genius. And grant this book reads a little bit like those compare and contrast essays that you might have been assigned in college. And there are some intriguing parallels, both men were born into poverty, both of them died before the age of 59. And during their short lives, the creativity just poured out of them. It was unstoppable. So the book actually ends up being a meditation on creativity itself. Where does creativity come from? How do you nurture it? How do you care for it? And the other thing that this book has made me do is to reexamine my own relationship with perfectionism when it comes to writing, because I've always valued polishing a piece of writing, word by word, sentence by sentence. But this book really makes you think about how much polishing is actually worth it. When does a piece of writing get to the point where you should just stop and let it go? How much better does work end up if you spend another hour or another day or another week on it? And I have to admit, it's made me question when does polishing become procrastinating? Oh, yeah, absolutely. I love this. It reminds me of the talks that I would have with interns when I was lexicographer. I would talk to them on the first week about the difference between perfection and good enough. Exactly what you were talking about. And how perfection was the enemy of lexicographer because we did not have the time. Did not have the resources. There was no perfect. You would never finish looking up the history of a word. You simply had to be satisfied that you had approached the ultimate answer. You had approached the perfect definition. You had approached the truth. You had approached enough. And then you had to leave it because there was so much there was an infinite amount of work to do. Yes. And deadlines. Prints I know somewhat more about than Dickens. And I think what I've learned about prints outside of reading the article in esquire that was an interview with Nick hornby about this book is that was prince's thing. He had to be satisfied with good enough because he had that infinite amount of creativity. He had to go on to the next thing because there was so much more he wanted to do. And exactly. Perfectionism gets in the way of the next thing. If perfectionism isn't excuse for you to allow your fear of failure to get in the way, then you've got a problem. So a lot of times perfection is an excuse not to put your work out there. And then when we look at Dickens and Dickens, you know, he had he had his critics. Sure. But he knew what his audience wanted. And so when he would serialize his work and put it out there in the newspapers, poo poo that. And that was why he worked on multiple books at a time, is because he was trying to sell it. He was trying to get it out there in multiple markets and multiple ways. Right. I love the idea of this book and I'm encouraged that you immediately thought about this and the idea of writing and language and literature. And I'm looking forward to hearing other people's thoughts on it. What is it again? It's called Dickens and prince, a particular kind of genius, and it's by Nick hornby. Share your thoughts on your creative process, words at wayward radio dot org or find other ways to reach us on our website at wayward radio dot org slash contact. Hello, you have a way with words. Today, my name is Ian and I have with me Amina and we're calling from Jacksonville, Florida. In an Amina. From Jacksonville, welcome to the show. What's on your mind? Thank you. We called because we wanted to talk about when you say jinx. I don't know if you have ever said the same thing at the same time. But when two people say the same exact thing at the same time, there's a we say jinx, and for my daughter, at her school, the way you break the jinx is how do you break the jinx? Well, basically, the person asked to knock on wood first. This is being another person that has to say their name three times before they can talk again. Oh, wow. Well, we've heard different ways some people will say pinch our pulse, you owe me a Coke or you owe me a coconut. I've heard you owe me a soda. So we were just curious about how that started, like why people say jinx when they talk at the same time with the same words. And I would also like to know, what is the original use of jinx? Oh, wow, good. And then we were just also wondering about the quote unquote breaking of the jinx, like to allow the person to speak again, like, you know, where those differences are, is it geographical? Because I'm originally from New York. I never heard you owe me a coconut before now with my daughter going to school in Jacksonville. As an example. So. And what did you say when you were a kid when you said the same thing as someone else? So I remember vaguely it was more like the pinch, the Pope had some kind of like violent component to it. Unfortunately, so you have to like either. You had to punch the person first and then you were the one who was like in control of the ability to speak again or okay. Got it. I don't know, I grew up in Long Island, so. Long Island, okay? And Amina has grown up there in Jacksonville. Yes, she's been here since she was three. Let's handle the word jinx first since that's a lexical linguistic thing. It actually comes from the name of a bird, the Latin word for a bird or actually the Greek word for art originally, it's a bird called the rye neck.
"nick hornby" Discussed on Overthrowing Education
"I'm totally in and totally nervous at the same time, Jeff. I'm opening up to you right now. I don't know what to expect, but I'm ready. Okay. That's all you can ask, right? Okay. I just want to say actually, I hope this one isn't hard, but I actually originally had one that was really complicated and hard. And I was like, I can't do that to Jason. So I'm going to cut you a little slack here. But I'm not saying it's easy, but it's definitely easier. Here we go. So I know that you love music and books and I know you also used to teach English and you might have noticed that often authors will title their book after the name of a song. Okay. Of course some of those books go on to be movies as well. So I pick names of books that are the same title as a song. And I'm going to tell you the author first, then the musician or band, and you have to tell me what the song is. Oh, wow. And that's great. And I can give you some hints along the way. The first lame hint is these are all books and songs that the books I've either read or I've really heard of. The songs are all songs that I know. Okay. So here we go. That's not very helpful for you. That's right. Oh, and the clue to this first one is I listened to the song on repeat over and over again in college. Okay, okay. Okay. That's your head. Okay. Emily Bronte and Kate Bush. Oh, wow. Emily Bronte, I'm gonna say weathering heights, but I didn't, then you'd be right. Oh, wow. Awesome. Okay, I didn't know it was a song. I didn't know it was a song that she did. That's cool. Oh my gosh. Yeah. I listened to it on repeat over and over again in my college days. Okay, here we go. Here's the next one. Truman Capote and deep blue something. Deep blue something. In cold blood? No, that is a Truman component, but that feel horrible song. Well, I don't know, maybe there is a song like that. What's another famous one of its Truman Capote books? Yeah. None of this. Oh, wow. Breakfast at Tiffany's. Oh, great. Really good. Really good. Okay, I'm loving this. I'm loving this. Okay. Next one, I hope I don't butcher this author's name. Vincent bugliosi and The Beatles. Michel? No, but I'll give you a hint. Okay. The book was written about a very famous family, quote unquote. Oh, helter skelter? Yep. Okay. Okay. Here's another one. Ron sure now and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hamilton. Yeah. He wrote a book called Alexandria. It's kind of a give me. That's going to be good. Okay. Beatrice sparks also known as anonymous and Jefferson Airplane. Go ask Alice. Yep. One of my favorite songs. I love that song, yeah. I know, right? Okay, Wally lamb and the guess who? Oh, Wally lamb. Something like this too shall pass or something like that. Not quite. So this one is she's come undone. Oh, okay. Yeah. Okay, this is a really weird one. Okay. Hans Christian Andersen, Sinéad O'Connor and another version panic at the disco. Oh my gosh. Wow. Okay. What is it? The emperor's new clothes. Oh, okay. Okay. I just had to put that in because that was such an awesome combination of names that you would normally care in together. Okay, joy fielding and the zombies. Joy fielding and the zombies. This is like the only song I know of the zombies. I will tell you. Go tell me. Tell me. She's not there. Oh, okay. Okay. Okay, this is another fun matchup. Jonathan franzen and George Michael. Holy moly. Boy, these are really great bunch of I mean, I know his book, the corrections. Yeah, no. Okay, he also has a book called freedom. Okay. Okay. Here's another good combo. Nick hornby and Barbara streisand. Oh. To be fair, it's really a whole play that she's in, and musical. And movie, too. Funny girl? Yeah, funny girl. Very good, very good. Okay. Okay, we only have a couple more. Emily Griffin and Steven stills. Oh, Emily Griffin and Stephen Stills. I don't know this one. You got me. Oh, if you can't be with the one you love. Love the one you're with. Exactly. Yeah. I want to sing some of these, but I really think that I'm going to save your audience from hearing my voice. I actually, I know, I kind of want to sing them too. Okay. This is the last one. And this is a I would suggest, well, it might either be the easiest one of the hardest one, I don't know. We'll find out. Jay mcinerney and Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Reed was older time before our time. Bright lights big city. That's it. Excellent. You got it. Oh, I got it. Awesome. Very good. Yeah. I mean, that was an interesting one. You did really well. Thank you. Thank you. All right. Well, I just want to thank you so much for this incredible interview. And it was great to talk to you like this too. Yeah, it was a pleasure. It was a pleasure about you. I'm really glad we have this conversation. And that's it for now. I want to give a special thanks to Jason ablin, and an encore thanks to my phone commercial helpers Gilmore, Sophia bookstein, Spencer Kroll, and to via frankl. If you like what you hear, please subscribe on your platform of choice and tell friends and colleagues to check the show out. And you can always get some overthrowing education swag while you're at it. The links to that are in the show notes and on the overthrowing education website, as well as links for Jason's book, et cetera. All right. Have a fun and
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"nick hornby" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM
"Won't be permitted to win. And it does also bring up echoes of Hillary Clinton, I would say. You have a way of sort of delving into the minds of women. What draws you and what you draw from in order to sort of explore their world? Yeah, that's a long and complicated question. No, I mean, it really is I started out by first two books where about young men in New Jersey and I was kind of pigeonholed as the American Nick hornby. And it was called there'd be a table at the bookstore called lad lit. And I wanted to write bigger stories than that. And election was the first book where I had, you know, I needed to go into the minds of several different characters. And so I had Tracy and Tammy. We're really the first to girl narrators that I had written. And I was really nervous about it. Not in the way that writers can be nervous now when people are like, you have to stay in your lane, you shouldn't write across boundaries. It was more did I have the skill as a writer? What happened was, of course, that I had a really lovely experience with that where I wrote Tracy and ever since I've had women come up to me and just go like, I was Tracy. Not with old Tracy's. I was awful. What they meant was I was that girl with my hand in the air. I had big hopes and dreams and I worked really hard and maybe that was slightly ridiculous, but that was who I needed to be at that time. I think a lot of girls who were ambitious felt like they had to outshine the boys around them because it was hard to be taken seriously. And that's another Hillary Clinton kind of quality that a lot of men found threatening or unlikeable in quotes. I guess I am able to write women characters well. And so just got more and more interested. I was of a particular generation like the women I went to college with are just remember very optimistic, slightly utopian conversations about how our generation was going to reinvent marriage and career in family. And I do think some positive changes were made, but I think a lot of women discovered that this utopian dispensation that they treat of didn't actually happen. That their husbands weren't quite as helpful as they expected them to be or that the husband was much more committed to career. I think that redefinition of gender and family that has really marked my entire adult life has been my subject. I just feel like feminism and the challenges it
The Book Review
"nick hornby" Discussed on The Book Review
"Knowing about my brother. You can listen to modern love wherever you get your podcasts. CJ Hauser is here, she is the author of two novels, family of origin, and the from a ways. And her new book is a collection of essays, the crane wife. In The New York Times book review, Mary Laura philpott calls it an intellectually vigorous and emotionally resonant account of how a self gets created over time. CJ, thanks for joining me to talk about it. Well, thank you for inviting me. The title essay of this book, the crane wife is like a massive hit single. And in my experience, bands either open or close with the massive hit. And so I've made a decision to close with it and get to a few other things. So let's start with the fact that I think all of these essays were written in the past few years and that you hadn't expected necessarily to write personal essays. So did all of this come flooding back or did some of the pieces about younger times in relationships take some real memory digging. I think that the older stories about my life were the ones that were the most intuitive to write about. And then it was the more questing stranger pieces in the book that I found along the way, like the one about the robot convention and the one about John Belushi's grave, those are ones that I sort of, I don't know, went on walk about for all of these essays are very personal. So even the robots and even John Belushi's grave and other subjects will get to a very much about your experiences, your thoughts about your life and your development, you call the book in its subtitle a memoir in essays and some of these pieces are impressionistic. There's not a strict chronology to them. If it were told as a conventional memoir, what would it look like not to use the term elevator pitch, but what does the book get at in a larger sense about your life? I think in a larger sense, the book is in the arc of it, hoping to think about what are the stories I was given about how to understand my own happiness and how to understand love and how to make it legible to other people and maybe even myself. And so I'm hoping that the book from beginning to end is kind of a love story of many, many people and things that is all the things in my life I want to call a love story, which includes, I don't know, friendships chosen family, my dog, a house. It also plenty of romantic partners. And a fair deal of romantic partners. That is a large part of the book as well, but I think understanding those relationships and understanding why I am a person who has so much trouble with romantic relationships when I'm a person who is very lucky and Friends and chosen family and community, like why can't I just get it together to do well at the other thing when I can do the one that seems to come naturally to me. And so that's a question I'm asking in the book for sure as well. So how do you choose how to tell some of these things? I mean, I mentioned that the essays have stylistic differences. The first essay I think is a perfect test case to ask the question about. It's called blood. And in it you write about your great grandparents, your grandparents, your parents, how they all met about your own experiences, romantic and otherwise. But you in fairly short pieces that jump around in time you do this. So I'm wondering two things. How you came to structure it the way you did and also, since I don't think it's an accident that this deeper field of time comes first, these generations upon generations, how does that piece color for the reader, what follows and the rest of the book? I originally was calling that essay hope chest because that's how I was thinking of the structure. I was thinking of when women used to be given these chests full of all the things that it was assumed you would need for your marriage. It came from your family in particularly the women in your family. And so I was like, if I had a hope chess, I can narrative hope chest of all these things that I was given in past and were passed down to me. What would that look like? So each of the little vignettes in that essay, I think of as things that were placed into the hope chest and then I take them out and I'm like, oh, I'm supposed to need this. I'm supposed to do it this way. And to sort of question that, I think, is the work of the rest of the book. What are some of the things that you did feel like you inherited either from generations you never even met sort of passed down from their lives in terms of the idea of love, you talk about you and your sister at one point, there's a funny like many things in the book funny and also sad lie where you talk about your parents looking at the both of you and thinking that you were both going to be in trouble but in different ways and relationships. When we had both murdered our souvenir cacti, I think that in my family we love stories where we're sort of Don Quixote people and we have read so many stories and we solve mythologize and we tell stories and I don't know growing up with a family where it's like one of the love stories involves a murder, one of the love stories is like we met in the theater and it's just these grand storytelling endeavors and I think by the end of the book I come out into a place of telling a kind of static love story or slow growing love story and like what does it mean to not conflate drama with love and does love need to be dramatic because I think that's a thing that I inherited. There's also a sense of conflating taste with love. I was reminded of a line in Nick hornby's high fidelity, something about how if someone's favorite things, you know them. Their favorite movies, their favorite music. There's high culture in the book. There's also pop culture, the great movie, the Philadelphia story, the X files, the fleeting mention of the Muppets, could always use more Muppets. So what role has that played in your getting close to people and how is your vision of that changed over time? How much do you connect those things? I love high fidelity and I feel like I really believed that for a long time that line like your taste is yourself and I think that was, I don't know, I think I love bonding with people over things I share in common with them of course we all do. It feels really meaningful to be like you also love this album. But on the flip side, sometimes if that's all you've got going for you in a dynamic, then it's not everything, right? Because it's not actually someone's whole self. I mean, maybe there's something you can learn about someone if they value Lou Reed, who I do. But I don't think that's really a deeper thing about what I value and how I want to be in the world and how I want to connect with people. And so there's an essay that's about how I got myself into trouble by being a snob who tried to only date people who liked the same things as me. And then I, of course, as I always do pendulum swung to the other end of the spectrum where I was like, it matters, not at all. And as with most things that I think better adjusted people know intuitively, it's somewhere in the middle. Right, that pendulum can be dangerous when it swings all the way the other way. But what is it about things like the essay built around the Philadelphia story? Sometimes people will say things like, I write to figure out what I'm thinking, which I always find a little bit. Maybe I don't buy it because I don't feel that way myself, but I got a sense from these essays and tell me if I'm wrong, that you do a lot of thinking about these things before you write, that you go through these sort of intellectual slash emotional exercises, sometimes with pop culture objects, sometimes just with the experiences themselves. And then you're sort of walking us through them. You've already thought about them. Do you go through life making
This Week In Google
"nick hornby" Discussed on This Week In Google
"And your copy was perfect. 23.6 million readers. No, no, wow. That's subscribers. 36.8 million readers, but I get, you know what? That's a little, I get it because I'm in it. And I don't read it. So I don't know. I think a lot of people probably get it. Because if you join W Stacy. That's right. No, I think how old do you have to be for art? It's in your 50s, 50 plus, yeah. Oh. Okay. At one time, there was a whole, at least for me. There was a nostalgia around print media. Something would happen. What's your favorite magazine? What do you miss ant? I used to wish I used to love surprise surprise. ESPN's magazine. Not Sports Illustrated. I thought they were better than Sports Illustrated. Back in the day. Did it die after that? Yeah, it went away. But then there was also a newspapers. I used to enjoy picking up newspapers on certain events. I still have the newspaper from when Dale Earnhardt was killed in the race. You know, stuff like that. It was sentimental to me, but now I think people don't really care about getting things like that just from a sentimental value. I don't know. What do you miss Stacy? Is there a magazine? I don't miss it because I still subscribe to it, but I subscribe to The New Yorker. But I don't get to subscribe but I'll get the print version. It's a great magazine. I get to print version because I need a break from I feel like I can't read The New Yorker in print because it requires so much depth. But their app is actually pretty good because they added some extra stuff. So it's kind of tough. That's why I stopped getting the print magazine because it made me feel guilty that I didn't get to it. So with the digital out of sight out of mind. But I also subscribe to the Atlantic. What do you miss used to get it? I missed you remember heavy metal? You don't remember heavy metal? You know what I'm talking about? I know our chat room remembers heavy metal. John remembers heavy metal. It was a kind of like a comic magazine, but it had incredible. They call it the adult illustrated fantasy magazine. But wasn't it? It was adult like, well, it was a little dull, apparently. I was like, I'm looking at this. No, it was a really great magazine. I actually really miss it. I miss my fantasy. I had a science fiction, I don't remember which science fiction story. It was a magazine. Was it a pulp? Well done. It wasn't a pulp because it was a full size magazine size, but it had the beautiful art in there, plus the stories. Yeah, this was kind of like what I still get, which is not print. I should show it to you. So I get mcsweeney's. Oh, that's I get mcsweeney's too. That's great. Do you have the audio issue? Did you love that? Were you not heard the audio issue? Oh. I will get you just have to go get it at some point in time and show y'all because they did really neat things. They have like, okay, I'm not going to. That was started by Dave eggers. And it's on kind of a literary magazine, but they have some very funny stuff. Oh my God. You can go get yourself to let us know your home address is on the way. The ambulance is calling. I just want to know. My chest. Jeff nervous. Is your ringtone a ring? Well, it's better, yeah. Okay. Just checking. Because I'm an old person. It's like is that like a bake late handset with a big the veil south one? Give me the problem with that Stacy. You got a problem with that? Don't be central. Operator to operator. Do you get the mcsweeney's paper make print magazine? Is that what you're talking about? Okay. So I'm doing the Internet tendency deal, you know? This is the Internet. This is mcsweeney's 60. So it's a big old story magazine. Oh, that's nice. And then they've got photo essays and they're apparently not hitting in either photo assays. Okay. Y'all keep talking about the print. No, but that's what people have said is that these kinds of dare I say tweet. Items will become luxury items. Oh yes. They're commonplace, but the newspaper magazines, that's a luxury magazine. Look at it. It's gorgeous. Yeah. Probably very expensive. I'm coming back with the other one. I have to show you. I shall read from mcsweeney's February edition. The dungeon and dragons monster manual entry for your child. Child were a character in Dungeons and Dragons. Would it be? That's the kind of trenches. Writing. You know what I missed and spy? Spy, same thing. This is like, this is what your favorite sad dad band says about you. Yeah, these are fun. So those are those who are comedy ones, but okay. That's very funny. Audio issue. This is like the guide too late to subscribe to it. That's awesome. Is it cassette? Let me show you. I didn't show you what I was in here. So you can buy it. Why don't you get a used car? It comes with the warning on top of the thing. So you have to use this with audio. But it has things like this keychain. If you call this number, they're little stories that you press a button on your phone. And you're so tweet. So this is $85, by the way. Okay, my subscription. The subscription. Oh, you got Nick corn B in here, though. I love Nick hornby. My annual subscription is like a $100. But this, like, you play on your smartphone and you roll it through as the story's playing. So this is a perfect, perfect example of how print will survive. Is it stuff like this? Yeah. This is very smart. Very small printout. That makes sense. But what you say, it seems like it's more of a premium experience, what they premium price.
Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia
"nick hornby" Discussed on Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia
"Sodding 19th, 6 weeks before Christmas and already they were playing a bloody thing. In the 2002 film about a boy based on the 1998 novel by Nick hornby grant plays idol bachelor will Freeman. Here, will is confronted in the supermarket by an inescapable holiday song that it so happens his late father wrote. Hornby's clever plot pivots on this song. Santa's super sleigh. Will is a man child living comfortably in London without a job. He doesn't need one, thanks to his deceased dad's perennial Christmas royalties, which have set will up for life, which doesn't mean we'll actually likes the ditty that serves as his personal annuity. It's such a super slang. Oh God, please don't sing it. It's time to add his reindeer Friends with a hope. It's super slow. I expect people to do that all the time. Oh, no, I think you two are the first. Sorry. What makes this plot point true to life? At least as authentic as Billy max plot to score a Christmas number one in love actually. Another Christmassy British movie starring Hugh Grant is this a perennial holiday song really is like winning the lottery. What also makes it true to life, however, is the way that song can define a musician's career. Or some might argue, diminish it. For example, when legendary performer Nat King Cole first emerged as a recording artist at the turn of the 1940s, he was widely respected in the jazz world. With another brand new chief joy. When I met my sweet Lorraine Lorraine tracks like the king colt trio's 1940 hit sweet Lorraine, were beloved by jazz heads as much for Nat Cole's Sterling piano playing has for his vocals. Cole only began singing due to audience encouragement, as a young man, he was more interested in playing. Through the mid 1940s, Cole had a knack for translating authentic jazz playing for mainstream audiences. As on his trio's take on the jazzy R&B standard, get your kicks on route 66. Now you go through St. Louis Joplin Missouri and Oklahoma.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
"nick hornby" Discussed on Design Matters with Debbie Millman
"There just was no way to glean that from looking online. So yeah, he called in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because he had no idea how to have a conversation about Twitter. I'm assuming he didn't call a landline. I'm assuming he called your I think I probably was on a BlackBerry back then to be honest. I had it on next year. I do, I sleep with my phone next to me. It is always with me. And it's important to me that our clients, not just our clients, everybody. It's important to me that everybody feels empowered. To use technology because like it or not, technology is a permanent part of our lives. So we really do answer the phone regardless and some of our clients have my mobile phone number, if not, we actually hired a calling center. And they regardless of where I am in the world or my staff, they can actually patch calls to us. They have a special sort of setup. But again, we just do things differently and we don't take projects on because we think that's going to make us a lot of money. We take projects on because we really, really care about the project or really care about the organization. And we want to do everything humanly possible to make whatever they're doing awesome. I understand that you've been criticized by male counterparts for having this sort of emotional attachment to your work. Is it true? If so, how do you deal with it? Yeah, actually. I have been. And that's fine. I don't actually think it's a gender thing. I think it's a level of passion that I have. I don't know how to function dispassionately. It's not something I can do. And not everybody takes the same approach to their jobs or their projects or their extracurricular activities, whatever it is. So for those people who are critical or condescending because of the attachment that we have to the work that we do, I think they're jealous. You have a rather disciplined time management system to manage all of your various interests. And you measure your time similarly to the way Nick hornby managed his manage his character's time in his novel about a boy. The management system in that book were 30 minute units. However, you reduce the 30 minutes to 20. So you can get more into a day and you call them units. And you still I read this in your book. I was curious if you still now that you have a child and a career and a successful book tour and so forth if you still manage it the same way. I do. And in fact, I built a special spreadsheet that's color coded by subjects like some of its family, some of its extended family, some of its work, some of its book, whatever. And those items get put into the spreadsheet at the end of every workday before I leave my office so that I have something like ready to go right when I start working usually at 6 o'clock in the morning. That's what I get to my office. So I'm very proud of myself and I think this is awesome. And then Maria popova, who's a friend and she's a genius and she's got this amazing blog. Posted Ben Franklin's original productivity chart. Turns out he figured all this out 400 years ago. So he actually spreadsheet. Yeah, well, he kind of he actually made a hand drawn spreadsheet and he actually did the same thing. He divided his entire day into units. And with him, it was always about efficiency. How can I burn fewer candles? But he actually did the exact same thing, which, you know, it's like, damn it, that's another thing that Ben Franklin did. First got to get to it first. Yeah. So I'm imagining that given these time constrictions and your enormous passion for your work and your family. And all of the other projects that you have, imagining that you didn't have that much time to date or to find eligible people to go out within the more old fashioned old school conventional ways. I didn't. And I was antsy. And I was ready to just get past the having to date a bunch of people process and first date thing and get on to the point where we're just in a relationship. So you turn to online dating. I did. I did. Everybody around me, my family members had said that true love would find me when I'm least expecting it. And all that serendipity. I just had to sit around at least expect. And I don't think that works for you. Very well. You just didn't seem like an effective strategy. It just didn't, I would never. If I thought about it, there's no other circumstance in life when I would just wait around for like it just didn't make any sense. But I listened to everybody, originally before I signed on waiting to run into somebody. I was doing a lot of math to figure out what my chances were. I was living in Philadelphia at the time. And I sort of was looking at the population and was looking for somebody Jewish and looking for somebody who hated sports and I essentially figured out that there were 35 eligible men in the city in the entire city of Philadelphia. Literally serendipity. How do you even find the 35, though? City Philadelphia has a population of 1.5 million. Figure about half of those are men. So it's 750,000, I was looking for somebody between the ages of 30 and 36, and that was 4% of the population took it down to like 6 50. And then somebody who was Jewish, the popular Jewish population in that age group was only 2.6% at the time. So anyway, if you go down and down and down, it's like 35. Okay. And then you have to locate them. Well, no, because in my grandmother, my family's grand plan for me. I wasn't supposed to locate anybody I was supposed to sit around and wait for them to look at me. Was just seemed or hope that somebody was going to match me up with one of those 35 men, which just seemed ridiculous. Anyhow, so I tried online dating because it seemed to me like that was a smarter strategy. Originally, I was excited about online dating because of the promise of algorithms. Algorithm is a scary word for a lot of people. Yes, it is. But algorithm really just means putting data into some type of workflow or process and getting the answer at the end. So you can think of it as sort of a elaborate formula. And I liked the idea of an algorithm. I like the idea of me putting data into a system and having a computer algorithm match my data against other people's data. And spitting out those matches. It was basically doing the same thing I had already done, but in a much faster way and in a way that I couldn't do on my own. So I loved that idea and signing on and online dating seemed like a great idea for me. So you set up accounts with J date match dot com and eHarmony. And then ultimately wrote a book about how you essentially re-engineered.
Optimal Living Daily
"nick hornby" Discussed on Optimal Living Daily
"Windows store for free, terms and conditions apply. This is optimal living daily episode 21 93, happiness, is a choice. By Ira Israel of Ira Israel dot com, and I'm just a molecule narrator. The guy reading you blogs every single day of the year, this is one of a few shows where we narrate articles for you, search for optimal living daily in the podcast app of your choice and follow or subscribe for free to listen to lots of great content being narrated for you. Today's post comes from Ira Israel in a nice continuation from yesterday's theme of feelings and my commentary at the end about it. If you didn't listen to that episode I'd recommend it. But anyway, let's get right to the next post as we optimize your life. Happiness is a choice by Ira Israel of Ira Israel dot com it is not true that money can't buy happiness, it can, that's the good news, the bad news is that it's someone else's happiness. Nick hornby. Spoiler alert, the last line, the summation of my new experiential documentary, mindfulness for urban depression, is an ebullient, happiness is a choice. For those who have seen the DVD and agree with its critique of our fast paced, overstimulated, pressurized, stressful, urban lives, I'd like to qualify that conclusion, rather if I were going to make the DVD again, I would end with happiness is a lifestyle choice, or possibly happiness is a commitment to lifestyle choices. Growing up in the suburbs of New York in the 1970s and 1980s, my fellow students and I learned the typical ideals of the American Dream and the good life. Go to a good university, get a good, high paying job, buy a nice car, get married, buy a house, have children, send them to college, and prepare for retirement. Me and my peers tain these goals, but still we're not happy. Although I often find scientific means of measuring happiness, analogous to trying to measure milk with a ruler, it is clear from the research of scholars such as Martin seligman and Ed Deanna that there are definitely factors in choices that contribute to overall happiness. For example, when one's income rises from survival mode of 5000 to 50,000, happiness increases exponentially. Fear of imminent death, something that a few billion fellow human beings experience on a daily basis is certainly a bummer. But if you're hearing this blog, you're living in relative abundance and should know the difference in degrees of happiness between people with incomes of $50,000 and $50 million are not as great as you imagine they would be. As it turns out, materialistic people are less happy than non materialistic people. Perhaps the Buddhist second noble truth that the root of all suffering is desiring, clinging attachment is beginning a ring true in the west after all, or maybe Nietzsche put it more accurately when he wrote, quote, those who possess little are that much less possessed. So if your sense of self or the meaning of your life is correlated to your bank accounts, stocks, houses, possessions, or status symbols, then nobody will be surprised when your physician or psychiatrist hands you a script for a wellbutrin or Lexapro. The only thing besides loving relationships that has a direct correlation to happiness is personal freedom. And yes, of course, freedom correlates to some extent with financial independence. One must have the means to make the choice between working a few more hours and going for a stroll with a friend or taking a yoga or painting class additionally one must want to choose things that Bowe propitiously for long-term happiness. Cocaine, for example, Bose exceptionally favorably for short term happiness, approximately 15 to 30 minutes of mirth and glee per snort, however cocaine Bose exceptionally unfavorably for long-term happiness, considering the 8 to 12 hours of craving and misery one must weather following those initial 15 minutes plus the liver and heart damage. But how can we even think to make rational intelligent long-term decisions when instant gratification is right under our noses? Particularly when we are living at hyper speed and instant gratification still takes so long? Again, this is why I strongly advocate mindfulness meditation to my patients because it helps cultivate equanimity and non reactivity so that we can make intelligent, rational, long-term decisions. Most of our instantaneous reactions lead towards short term often mind numbing, gratification, but when we have the space reflect on the lives we wish to lead and have made a commitment to living healthy lifestyles, then rational choices between instant and delayed gratification are easy. And if you watch any of the delayed gratification experiments on YouTube, you'll quickly learn that children who are able to stave off their desires to pounds on a single marshmallow or cookie end up happier and more successful as adults. When we are free to make intelligent choices, it is clear that building community and healthy, authentic, loving relationships are the most important factors if we wish to be happy. The competitive nature of our brand of late capitalism relentless coveting that engenders insatiable jealousy. If immense suspiciousness and mistrust that engenders alienation and disconnectedness, everyone is always looking for a bargain, trying to get the best deal, trying to maximize profit and growth, thus we all have to watch our backs. The American zeitgeist is one of independence. Every man for himself, go it alone, survival of the fittest, not interdependence. When someone explains the eastern concept of Brahman, that underneath everything we perceive through our 5 senses, we are interconnected in a subliminal matrix, most westerners shrug it off as some sort of scientifically unprovable delusion. But maybe it's we who are delusional in believing that material possessions or status can bring happiness. In mindfulness for urban depression, I analyze our culture's definition of depression and propose a reframing of that disease to empower people to make healthy, long-term choices, because I am yet to hear a patient say, I feel loved, respected, and appreciated by my family and friends, and I feel lovable and loving, and I'm depressed. So for me, happiness is a lifestyle choice. You just listen to the post titled, happiness, is a choice. By Ira Israel of Ira, Israel dot com. Imagine a new kind of healthcare that's well located. In the heart of friendship heights. Well timed with convenient appointments. Were your well treated? With personalized care from skill permanent physicians. That's well from Kaiser permanente of friendship heights. Primary care, like you've never experienced. Exclusively for Kaiser permanente members. Healthcare done well is right around the corner. Learn more. At KP dot org slash well. For the past ten years, Comcast has been helping students get ready. We've connected 5 million students from low income families to low cost high-speed Internet. We're working with both nonprofit partners and city leaders to create over 1000 Wi-Fi connected lip zones in community centers nationwide. And now we're committing $1 billion to reach 50 million people with a connectivity, skills, training, and the resources they need to succeed in a digital world. Learn more at Comcast dot com slash education. All right, I'll keep this ending nice and short. I had some commentary about this theme yesterday, so you're welcome to check out that episode. If you haven't already, have a great rest of your weekend if you're listening in real time and I'll catch you tomorrow, where you're optimal life, awaits.
Book Club with Julia and Victoria
"nick hornby" Discussed on Book Club with Julia and Victoria
"See baxter's third hang on and he grabs a flowerpot and throws it through the window he breaks the window and it smashes into the library and others broken glass everywhere and baxter is fear areas and smith Notice or something. It's like he doesn't notice he's angry or whatever but he's like there he is now. We have your attention. I was dying laughing at that. 'cause he simultaneously cares so much about how he's perceived and yet doesn't at all at the same time It's it's really out something about that. Balance allows for that type of like very heartwarming humor. I really the. There's some really like the you mentioned with the flowerpots like some really great physical humor but also just Very exact descriptions wodehouse gives that are like almost to specific that they're funny and like i dunno just even out of context and like i don't know if these are super funny on their own but like when you're reading sneaks up on you like in one part. He writes a depressing musty. Scent pervaded the place as if a cheese has recently died. They're painful circumstances. I don't know what's funny about imagining that achieves died but like that smell like oh i can. I can seem smell that. She's died and a painful way. Yeah i understand that exactly. I didn't know i knew that. But i do know what that smells like. Apparently but it's also it's effective but it also adds to kind of melodrama that he's affecting ray like a cheese nachos like decaying or something and getting riley cheese in the corner but it's like this cheese was like murdered by his brother. You know what i mean. Sets of mellow drama to it. Oh so yeah when he writes a sound like two or three pigs. Feeding rather noisily in the middle of a thunderstorm interrupted his meditation. Like there's no pigs and no thunderstorm around like that so specific just to. I believe that what was actually happening. It was like a couple of people were like walking talking nearby or falling or something like that. Like a but so specific and i just want to read road houses like i imagine. He had a little journal that he would dislike right down. Funny things he thought of like. Find ways to use descriptions. 'cause like how do you just come up with that stuff. I really would love if he had been a stand up comic and had some jokes. Like i think he would have been really good at it. I have two other favorites favorite quotes. The just are very Well one of them's very silly. And i don't know why. But this makes me giggle. The noise which had acted so electrically upon the efficient baxter had been a particularly noisy noise. He's taking on this like super kind of serious tone and then he describes a noise as a noisy noise which is like the way a child. Might you know like it's that kind of juxtaposition. I guess is part of where the humor comes from. And then the same with part of a ridiculousness in earnestness that makes him so absurdly charming. So he's he proposes to eve and she says no and he starts giving all these like ridiculous reasons why he's a great catch and they're like not at all great reasons and then he approaches her again the next day and he says they're not talking about this at all but then he brings it up. He says by the way returning to the subject we were discussing last night. I forgot to mention. When ask you to marry me that i can do card tricks. He's like so sure that this is going to be the thing. That convinces her. Yes this is the guy that i want. He's so sure about it and he's so genuinely trying to win her over. I just think that 'cause. I kinda read this as he is trying to be. I mean he's himself but he's also different than freddie who's just like you know falling over himself to be. I'm in love with you eve. Please marry me like give me the time of day like so earnest and then for smith. He's just like like he knows like wooing her with praises of how beautiful or smart she is trying to appeal to a sense of like romance. Isn't gonna do. But he knows he can make her laugh and like he wants to bring up the subject again and so instead of being like super and being like. Can we talk about this again. Like i really. I really wanna build a life with you or something. Super like cliche is like bringing around the topic again but in a like ridiculous way. I think it's his attempt at like. I want you to remember that i asked you to marry me and i am serious about it enough to bring it up again. But i'm not freddie and i'm not going to like annoy you i'm gonna make you roll your eyes or laugh because i'm obnoxious. Or maybe he's building it up to be like. Oh he's could pitch to me his great idea and he's like i can car tricks catch. So do you think he's self-aware then like do you think. He knows he's ridiculous. I think so a little bit. Because i feel like he purposely hams it up when he's playing mc todd But i think it's still like part of his personality in a way. I don't know that's interesting because that now suggest to me. Now i'm like rethinking the entire book where i'm like. We is he doing this on purpose. Maybe this is just autistic. Dula having no concept of like being able to put on a personality on purpose. But i'm like oh wait. So maybe we he's trying to be annoying or he's like kind of fed up with the way that serious people are and so he's like trying to fluster them or something So do you listener right in los. No you think yeah read. Smits humor is ernest. Is it software. Is it a little bit of both. Yeah wow man. This is really blowing my mind. I think i'm going to need to read another one. Yeah it makes me wanna read some of the other novels with smith's again how he acts in other situations so i guess we've got to do more research which means it's time for some recommendations so obvious first. Recommendation is get read more woodhouse. If you light smith as a character go read the other books. Include smith other books. That came to mind are comedic novels by british men. I think is the same here today. Ones that i recommend it to you. I would like to add. I know these are all julia. Costin original recommendations coopting but good omens by neil gaiman and terry. It is lovely. I think there's so many elements of wodehouse's narrated narrative voice. Our that is the echoed in a game in in projects writing as well so my favorite parts of good omens dislike little humorous things the narrator said Along the way and also made me think of funny girl by nick hornby. There are more mature and serious themes in nicole. Nbc's novel than all lighthearted. fun times. But i think funny girl was another book that was very escapist for me is a really long on value out of my couch. Like for an entire saturday in.
Whores Talk Horror
"nick hornby" Discussed on Whores Talk Horror
"I i was a bad partner. Frio would partner up with you any day. It was just unfair because she's never beat me at horror movie trivia. It was like he wasn't get haven't wonderful. Podcast hosts that you had with you. I felt like she was nelson. I felt like she was real smart. You know you get get lucky either. So all right. Maybe we'll we'll. We should switch next time. They'll be trivia The me against you and alison. I don't know if you'd have a lot of fun. Being partnered sharon work both super competitive. Sounds like competitive she. I liked to just have fun and maybe get out a few jokes during trivia. That's my my idea of success. Where she's like. I will slaughter all of you so this is why we're not good at trivia together because i'm not looking to win and she is ready to wipe the floor. I mean you're the one that you want to take like bar trivia night because one that will win the one hundred dollars bar tab one that will drink that one hundred dollars to get very good all right. What is your favorite book. Besides one day smarter. Oh wow okay i just. I don't know what my favorite book is. I'm like a real big nick. Hornby head i like. I just find him like breezy and charming and funny and smart and like i don't know you feel like you've read philosophy light whenever you read porn book but i just read this well okay. Let's be real audio book. did i'm going to look it up this life changing. But i'm also like at a point in my life where i have to decide I having i'm having ovaries out. I have decided from have kids now. And so i happened upon the most amazing novel and it is called the push. And it's by ashley audrain on and you don't have to be in my particular place in life to have.
"nick hornby" Discussed on WBEZ Chicago
"About half the business is physical records. So vinyl cassettes, CDs, a lot of T shirts as well. And then half the business is a digital music, so people buying, uh, digital albums and digital tracks directly from the artist and we also recently launched live streaming. So now tickets are part of it as well. But You know, I would say that the thing that really sets us apart is that we just built the whole company around the welfare of the artist so we don't We don't sell advertising. We don't really focus on subscriptions. We just help artists sell their music. And then we take a small revenue share on every sale. So what I like to say is that we only make money if artists make a lot more money. And you know, sort of alignment of interests that we have built into. Our business model is really just everything that were about I would you know where I would say an artist, First music company. I've heard it described a little bit like etc. For independent music. Is that a fair comparison? Totally. Yeah, and which I take as a compliment, right? I think that that's um I think it's a really good comparison at sea and van Camper both really large marketplaces that, uh, I think really focus on supporting the creators. Yeah, I buy a lot of stuff of it. See, actually this past year. All right, so so in the late nineties One of my favorite books, which is when I When I reread it now rethink about it Now it's a little bit dated just because of the Content, but it was at the time or as a younger man was high fidelity. I love that book by Nick Hornby. I even like the movie, even though it took place in Chicago, Not in the UK and so was that you like you launched this in 2000 and seven Were you that guy where you like? I'm going to launch an independent record store online And what? How did you come up with the idea? Yeah, I don't know. If, uh, wasn't quote the thought initially wasn't really a record store. It evolved into that, so I'll take you through. So basically what happened is about 13. Years ago, There was a band that I loved. And they decided that you know they were going to sell their new record directly to their fans on their own website. And on the day that that record came out, I went to their site and the site just didn't load at all, huh? And I thought, Oh, they must, You know, they must be slammed. I'll come back to the next and, uh, and the site loaded on that day, but it loaded very, very slowly. Uh, this was also in the days of flash. Everything was flat. So you know, it took a while to figure out exactly what was going on on the same. But eventually I bought the album and But then I didn't actually get anything. You know, the transaction went through, but no no music. It was never sent to you, or I was like a digital was going to be a digital download a digital album. What was the band by the way? Oh, you know, I don't want to call them out. Because kind of the point is that this was a lot of bands at this point, You know, I wrote two There was an email address on the site and I wrote to the the address, And I think it was the lead singer who wrote me back and he just sent me a link to a zip file and it totally open zip file that you know anybody could then share. And and then I opened that up. And there are all these all of these files with names like Master Three final. Yes, yes. Low quality, no liner notes. Nothing. And you know, I just basically in this process ran into like every technical problem that you can imagine. Yeah, well, just it killed me for two reasons. You know, One of the music was amazing. And I thought the artist I thought they deserved all the success in the world. And you know when you love right artists, right? You want everybody else to hear them, right. So right now, like as a result of all these problems, very few other people would. But you know, the other thing that killed me about it was that I thought that what they were doing like it made perfect sense. You know, Of course, an artist should be able to go directly to their fans for support. The Internet makes that super easy. This is the problem. Some of it, I think and and and I also think it just creates this mutual. That direct connection creates this mutually beneficial relationship because not only just the artists get to make more music when I pay them, But also I get to feel like I'm participating in the creation of more of the art that I love. So I'm more directly connected to that music. But you know, this was 2000 and seven and there was just no mechanisms for musicians. There was my space. My space. Yeah. Um, you know, they didn't have a way through my space to sell directly to thank and it wasn't really your site. It was, You know, their logo a bunch of their advertising. It was their traffic or whole identity, right? And then so you had, like all of these forward thinking bands, in my opinion, who are spending a lot of time a lot of money, building out custom sites and then ending up With something that didn't really work. And I found that particularly crazy because again in 2000 and seven if you were a writer You had blogger type pad move around all these things that like you set up your own site very, very quickly and easily. And then I would say, like, powered by movable type in the bottom, right? But it was yours, right? Yeah, It just seems so weird that if your artistic output was words, you had all those options if your artistic output was music. You know you're out of luck. So you know, I wanted to solve, uh, that problem, not just for you know this one artist that I ran into. But for every artist, one of the crazy things about your business is that It's actually been profitable. I think since 2012 and it's actually quite amazing, because if you think about and we'll talk about Spotify in a moment, but think about Spotify Spotify is valued. I don't like $50 billion or something like that. And they have never been profitable, right? It's never they've never turned a profit. Um, and it's a company that is growing and focuses on growth and has a growth strategy. Um, what do you guys is? That part of your strategy is growth and scale. And you know all these terms and you're in San Francisco. You know, you know, these two do all those terms matter to you to your To your vision for band camp. Um, no, they don't know. I mean, we're really just I focused on our mission of serving artists. That's what inspires me. That's what you know what I get excited about doing and I would say the company has grown and succeeded more as a as a side effect of focusing on that mission that we really have. And that to me, is just you know, that's That's a lot more satisfying than if we I think took the approach of Yeah. We were focused on what our mission here is actually grow the company. Get it to this size, go public. Sell it. Whatever it is, Um, that just hasn't really been the focus, um, ever Yeah. So I know that like New York. Her catalog is on band Camp and Peter Gabriel. Some of his. His work is on bank camp..
Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone
"nick hornby" Discussed on Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone
"It's nobody listens to paula. Poundstone your comedy field guide to life tonight. What do christopher guest movies the marvelous mrs maisel glee and this podcast have in common. They also featured the amazing jane lynch tonight ms lynch tries out a new role acting coach coaches power through new edition of outside the actors studio There will indeed be a mighty wind and after. Paula learns to act. We all learn what you really think of us. Yes you send it a fresh batch of show descriptions and hopefully. I'll be mentioned for something other than my attendance sleaze. I'm adam felber demand who struts and frets his hour upon the stage trying to bring dramatic order to a weird and random world and now please welcome to woman who basically is a weird and random world. It's paula poundstone welcome. It's so exciting to be here. It's exciting to have you here in my bedroom on my folding chair on top of my treadmill who the excitement palpable statement before we go any further. I wanna thank tonight. Toast band returning champion cellist. jackson from plano texas. Plano sounds fantastic. Thank you very very much you know. I went to a doctor the other day. Because you know when i sit on a plane or i sit like doing this podcast when i sit at all. I'm in so much pain in my hips. And so i thought i had. Arthritis may be so. I went to a doctor and he sent me for. I don't know x ray. Scans whatever the hell the things were and he said no no. I don't have anything since bursitis. Mike wait a minute. Wait a minute. Isn't that what granny. On the beverly hillbillies always had. I thought you you give me my arthritis. I'm not taking bursitis. i want an ailment. That is respected. I don't want one. Granny had on the beverly hillbillies granny's so insulted. I'll tell you something. I will not go to. The meetings. were cited meetings meetings. I'm not going i'm going. You can't get into the arthritis anonymous meetings. They actually check you at the door. Yeah yeah well. I'm going to go to the arthritis meetings and pretend that i have arthritis. And they'll probably they'll probably dissents like she just. Has you want the meeting. Down the hall with the old bumpkins. You you want the one that i forget. I forget the actresses name irene irene. Something was the woman who played granny sitting on top of the car. Out there in a rocking chair. Yeah if you're meeting see the woman swinging the frying pan. She's the president. Go ahead get well. Hey membership yeah. We've some kind of exciting happening here today. Which is that all my gosh. I'm so excited the first time in four months or more. We don't have a meeting. Oh i'm not excited about that. I tell you mention lynch. i'm not excited about. I talked to her. Every day is different. Yeah yeah yeah. Well the two of you know. We just haven't decided on our new book yet. Yeah maybe our listeners can suggest one could idea. We've put so much pressure on our listeners. So much for them to do you know also by the way listeners. The ballroom of my house hasn't been vacuumed in a week. So if you could get over here and and take care that my bedroom slash office haven't been dusted in like a month so there's a lot to get done. Tony doesn't have a lot of time to guests for next two months. If you guys could like just you know. Step up yeah. I don't think some guests. That's not too much to ask of really dedicated listeners. After all yeah no do your part to keep our podcast alive. This is a this is a two way street. you know. A lot of people don't realize that on the tonight show with johnny carson. Ed mcmahon had just been an audience member he he used to sit in the front row and then one day johnny realized he needed somebody to introduce the guests and stuff right so he was an audience. Member stepped up. He also ended up doing all the catering backstage. Yeah i swear listener step catering this show yet to feed the oath to the budweiser clydesdale thinking of games. Now that we're not discussing moby dick. Let's go around the circle and play that game where we all check in with each other and see how we're doing so we're actually using a new book about this. I don't have. I don't have a good idea for a book yet. So if you have one and tony we are not reading eat. Pray farc said just crushed that off your list or the bell jar like tony s. Heading your throat suggest. I came with suggestions. Because i missed the meeting yesterday. So that's a good idea. Tell us tell us your suggestions. And they better not be like unhappy woman books. Yeah samantha. irby wow no thank. You was on malice enough. What's sad about their their essays. From samantha irby and they're supposed to be hilarious. That's all i know about it. I've also been looking up books. Read while we were sitting here googling. Own attention yeah. What i can't believe is that this is the first time that we've had like an open topic and we can't even stay on an open topic. I want to go around the horn. And ask you guys what you've been up to well nut reading moby dick this last week or do so no tony. No i'm not even going to start with you because you've broken the rules. I mean can we. Can we search your hurricane. Even though we're not in an official hearing you wait. No she was. She was telling us her list. Go ahead tony. What else do you know. What are our on musician this week. By the way jackson. Keith told me this little snippet he said. I thought you might wanna know that. The president pro tempore doesn't have the authority to break ties in the senate hollow. Yeah this isn't the senate this is the nobody listens to borrow role. You should look at our row book. It's in there. Have you read the book club constitution. Our charter yeah. I'm writing it now. Tony do have more more book suggestions. I don't know if you guys are just an act like us. No i'm not gonna act like this. We've been acting like this for two years. No i'm not gonna have anything like this. Go ahead love to read a nick hornby novel because he's one of my favorites. Yeah all the people are going to commit suicide one. Yeah oh it's high fidelity terrific look. I love high fidelity. It's my favorite. But i just think we should read something by either a woman or author of color. That's what i propose so not nikorn. Be nick hornby and not. Herman mellow.
Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
"nick hornby" Discussed on Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
"As a writer like what came before you. There's some things you just have to decide. You're going to buckle down and read but on a day to day basis. Like you know i i certainly right books with the hope that it brings people joy and not every book is right for each person. And if it doesn't bring you joy you know. Set yourself free and put the book down time. I'm so curious about your story because you know we know you as this bestselling author. Who's speaking of adaptations. You know whose work is being adapted by reese witherspoon and other sort of hollywood icons There's there's so much that you've done. But i want to know where it began. Were you always in relationship to books. You know who. Who is taylor as a kid growing up in massachusetts. Who did you know you're introverted. Then you paint me a picture of what was happening when you were. I don't know nine or ten. Yeah well no. I was not in relationship with books. I'm not one of those authors. Who has the very romantic story of you know i would. I would be under the covers of the flashlight reading a book after my parents told me to go to bed. That was not me So i was born in maryland and lived there. My parents divorced. When i was very very young and we lived in maryland until i was about twelve we will go back and forth from maryland massachusetts. Basically and like my mom was mostly massachusetts. My dad was maryland. And and when i turned twelve we left maryland. Just set down finally in massachusetts and so. That's where i feel like i'm from that's where my formative memories really take place and that's where my lasting friendships are. I mean i didn't get into reading in any real earnest way like there were a few books that meant something to me. Throughout my teenage years. I got really into bricolate like Helen fielding and nick hornby. And but i was watching tv. That's that's what i was doing though that was my my storytelling.
Everything You Never Needed to Know About Movies, Music & Theater
"nick hornby" Discussed on Everything You Never Needed to Know About Movies, Music & Theater
"About it. So yes the last real record store on earth from the musical version of high fidelity This was tom kitt. amanda green. Who is the daughter of adolph. Green and david lindsay. Bayern's musical starring. we'll chase. I love some of the songs in. This is a good portion of the songs. Like half and half. I understand why the news musical was not a hit and why it's problematic Same reason that the movie has not aged fare very well. I love the movie john. Cusack in that. It's it's his greatest role right after. Say anything And i loved the movie. And i i love the book. I've read the book a million times. It's one of my favorites by nick. Hornby and i love this song and other songs gonna come up on another august But this is a great because this is log thing. Just setting up the musicals. The record store and a lot of other lines from the movie from the book. It's so good and it's again score it's one of the only ones that you kinda here And i like it. I like i like this this heavy so i think you kind of singing along so you know the show. I'm kind of smirking because fiance's just offscreen has kind of laughing at me. I have a borderline obsession with high fidelity everything the book the movie. The hulu series musical series was cancelled. And i am very angry about it yet. I have a bit of a high fidelity of air. I have yet to see the who sang. Even though i have hulu. But i need to see it. It's on my list of things to watch. it's different. it's very different. And all of the problematic of the movie. And i know they're problematic but i can't not love it so much now. The only issue was the with the show. And it's a weird issue that no one should be in the back of my head. I kept on saying this music and that was my only issue. That's really funny There are parts of this musical. I love this song in particular The songs that come up later that laura sings in that he sings the ending. Which spoiler alert is one of my favorite endings. I've ever heard in my life I just their parts in the middle that i hate. I actually hate song that they gave joan cusack character. I hate the whole. I slept with someone who slept with you know Whoever they slept with. I actually started working on my own adaptation of high fidelity using this music and then thinking about other. Psalms are out of things that you can use lies in this. I've loved one of these days. If i ever make it big and i'm able to this is one of those shows and are a couple of shows but this one the shows that i would literally be right for the sole purpose of making it better.