Monday, February 18, 2008

Underexposure.

A couple of weeks ago, I was having a conversation with the very nice guy, aka genius, who does my hair, wherein I mentioned that I liked Amy Winehouse. He was, shall we say, derisive.

Me: The thing is, since I never listen to the radio, ever, I only barely heard "Rehab," like, three weeks ago. So I never got sick of it.

Genius: [his exact words are lost to memory, but basically, the gist was, "In that case, I'll allow it."]

Me: Shut up.

But this came back to me a couple of weeks ago when I happened to be in the car when This American Life was on. I am hardly ever in my car when that show is on, and generally I never listen to the radio in the house. So that means that I hardly ever listen to This American Life, which means--I never got sick of it.

[All of you who are sick of This American Life: In that case, we'll allow it.]

Well, if you didn't hear the "Tough Room" show a couple of weeks ago, I recommend that you listen to the last segment, Malcolm Gladwell discussing his first real journalism job at the Washington Post. It is so hilarious I probably shouldn't have been driving while I was listening.
You can hear the whole show here--the Gladwell bit is at the end. One other tough room--two Mormon missionaries trying to contact people in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Ouch.

3 comments:

Dr. Write said...

We heard that one!! Malcom Gladwell is hilarious. It raises some troubling questions that are perverse and often baffling.

Counterintuitive said...

I'm not sick of TAL; in fact, it's the first podcast I listen to. I can't get enough at this point but I've only been listening for a year since I started podcasting it.

Loved the Gladwell piece--very funny. Don't you love how he inserts Sydney in a AIDS story so he can travel there. And then the contest between the two journalists to insert certain obscure phrases (raising new and troubling questions) into their stories. A great laugh.

I also really enjoyed the short intro piece about the daughter, on Thanksgiving, who says she finds Osama bin laden good looking to which her father says F*** off.

The missionary piece disappointed me. I wanted them to go a bit deeper, maybe follow them to a visit or something. Seemed thin.

SusanS said...

I've always had major envy of your hair.

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