You guys, this one was a GREAT episode. In it I explain the connection between startup culture, perception of status, and our current epidemic of athleisure fashion; Adrian Hon discusses what actually perfectly effable things make something cool or not; and Naomi Alderman muses that perhaps we should abolish the nation-state altogether as a thing that exists.
Another Monday, another episode of The Cultures! And I've been remiss in posting about them, but trust that they're out there every week whether I'm posting about it or not.
This is a very special New Year episode meant to be somewhat more uplifting than we've been lately because of the... you know... the politics. In this episode we talk about the Stabucks plan to make super-premium coffee because mere premium coffee like they offer now is a little too accessible; we talk about things that bring us happiness right now; and we share some resolutions for the New Year, though this year of all years resolutions are something of a moving target.
It's Monday which means a new episode of The Cultures dropped yesterday! Wooooo!
This is a fun one, because we get a full-on classic crankpants rant from Adrian Hon about Kickstarter stretch goals and why they are complete and utter bullshit. So that's cool! Naomi Alderman talks about that nasty business with Elena Ferrante's private identity being outed because something something "the public is interested so it must be in the public interest." And then I lead my British colleagues through the baffling maze of clown sightings and scares that have plagued the U.S. these many weeks, surely an expression of not-so-repressed anxiety about the American election cycle, which, praise unto god, will be over very soon now.
Alas I missed my Monday morning reminder of Sunday's episode of The Cultures, but hey, better late than never?
This was a fun episode—we all focused on things that we're excited about. I got to talk at length about my K-drama in progress, Queen Seon Duk, and how the translation for it makes a lot of interesting creative choices that make me deeply aware of how invisible and undervalued an art translation usually is. Adrian sold us on the wonders of Westworld, a show that sounds like it was pretty much created for me to enjoy it, though I haven't started watching it yet. And Naomi extolled the virtues of sous vide cookery, which... I don't know, I still think it sounds like food poisoning in just several hours.
Remember back in 2013 when I told you I'd started up a new podcast called The Cultures with Adrian Hon and Naomi Alderman? We're still running strong all these years later, and yet it turns out lots of people don't even know I have a podcast. Because we never talk about it, we just do it!
It's podcasting verité—no editing, just roughly 30 minutes a week of unfiltered chat about technology, art, culture, politics, religion, how to be a better human, and how all of these things intersect one another. I treasure recording these podcasts because I get to spend time talking to two smart, wonderful people about interesting topics. Maybe you'll enjoy listening for the same reason?
In this week's episode, Adrian reviews his new Amazon Echo and Alexa, I review the iPhone 7 Plus and Siri, and Naomi talks a little bit about the development of a film based on her book Disobedience. You can find us on iTunes or on LibSyn, whatever works for you! And from here on out I'll try to post a podcasting reminder on Mondays. Because what's the point of doing a podcast if you don't actually tell people about it?