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Wait, What? Ep. 135.75: Mistake, Misspake

Jeff Lester

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If nothing else, all of this has put me on the fast track to buying Swimming to Cambodia on DVD.

Hey, everybody: we were supposed to podcast, Graeme and I, after I returned from New York but since things didn’t quite come together <<shoots withering look at my Internet connection>>, it didn’t quite come together.  So I thought I’d give it a go at trying the solocast thing that Graeme did so well and so charmingly.

Anyway, it’s longer, it’s rougher, and it raises more questions than it answers (questions like: why did I think I liked this guy? and: who do we have to pay to make sure this never happens again?).  But hopefully it’ll tide you over until Graeme and I can again form the strange Voltronesque entity that is this podcast.

It’s on iTunes!  It’s right here below!  It mentions Kirby & Copra & Momofuku Noodle Bar & Brad Pitt & Sex Criminals & sandwiches & albinos!  I apologize for it here and now, but hope it helps kill some time and/or brings amusement and/or can be used to torment the unsuspecting.

We thank you for your patience and patronage.  And by ‘we,’ I mean, ‘I thank you for your patience and patronage.’  Dear God, do I thank you.

Wait, What? Ep. 135.75: Mistake, Misspake

15 Responses to “ Wait, What? Ep. 135.75: Mistake, Misspake ”

  1. FINALLY this podcast gets around to FOUL PLAY. Finally.

  2. Oh dear Jeff, I’m sorry New York wasn’t great but your rants made for a hilarious podcast (poor old Brad Pitt). I love that a district full of greenery becomes, in your mind, a post-apocalyptic landscape! And the shower sounds inconvenient, but charming – I rather like things to be oddly different when I go on holiday … otherwise I could stay at home and watch Game of Thrones on DVD.

    You know when you asked what an ‘open-faced sandwich’ would mean to me? What you described, ‘open’ being the clue. What does it mean in San Francisco?

    All the best to Edie’s poor toe.

    Oh, isn’t ‘the Copra Compendium’ a Barry Manilow song?

    Anyway, thanks for the podcast :)

  3. The Fermata is the Nicholson Baker novel about stopping time. A lot of the stuff that the main character does with the ability to stop time is sexual in nature. There is also a movie from 1980 called The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything about a guy who inherited a watch that lets him stop time.

    I am really intrigued by your Brian Eno for comics idea and would be interested to hear you elaborate.

  4. That was some crazy rambling. Good job! (btw I liked it)

  5. @Ian: Agreed. Long past due!

    @Martin: I was far less than clear in my mega-rant on this point, I’m afraid. The problem wasn’t that it was open-faced, it was that it only came with one piece of bread. My understanding is an open-faced sandwich is indeed open-faced but, being a sandwich, comes with two pieces of bread, each with its own amount of fixings. Here, I got only one piece of bread and therefore feel I didn’t get a sandwich at all, open-faced or not. I got a piece of bread with stuff on top.

    @RM Rhodes: Ah, yes, thank you! The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything is indeed a TV movie from 1980s that I think was in the back of my mind I bet when I talked about them both cribbing from “some obscure 1970s TV movie” (or whatever it was that I said).

    (And as others have pointed out to me, that movie was based on a novel by the fine John D. MacDonald, thus extending its lineage even further.)

    As for Eno in comics, I don’t know if I’ll be able to elaborate more–hopefully, I will? I guess the main gist of what I meant is it seemed like the page turns of SEX CRIMINALS felt pretty samey (and in some cases, extraneous). I wish sometimes that comics had dudes like Eno who would be more than just editors but active challengers to the nature of the project.

    @Ricardo: Thank you! I’ve had a few people who seemed to like it and a lot of silence (which probably implies a ton of people did not). I’m looking forward to getting the band back together and recording with Graeme again, though, if only for my own selfish ends. I’m very glad I did it, though.

  6. If silence is taken as not liking it, then I’ve got to speak up. That was great because 1) I’ve never heard anyone talk without breathing that long and 2) the discussion of Sex Criminals was really smart.

  7. Poor Brad Pitt, indeed! What I loved most, Jeff, was how you built up this whole imaginary Brad (in his huge shower, eating ice cream, watching something, texting) and then sighed, “Geez, Brad Pitt”. As though your were sad about what this person was living out. Ah, the power of Jeff’s imagination.

    Actually, I’m tangentially related to a director-type person who once wanted to cast Mr. Pitt. So they walked and talked in L.A. The report was basically, “When you walk down the street with BRAD PITT, you do _not exist_.” (Trying to replicate the vocal inflections.)

    Yes, that’s The Fermata (I think Vox is about phone sex). Which kind of skeeved me out, but I read it way before I moved to swinging San Francisco. Speaking of: Jeff, you should look up the article Baker wrote about the Main Library branch when it was being built. I think Baker took in most of the physical old newspapers the library was going to throw out.

    Sex Criminals: You know, I’m not sure I picked up at first how people were stopped. Seems either a weakness of the comics form in this context, or a deep game commenting on the nature of sequential static art tricking us into assuming continuous motion even more than a 24fps persistence of vision.

    Can’t wait for Jeff to travel to London and deal with the crazy weird electrical sockets!

  8. Best. Skip. Week. Ever. (Tie).

  9. @dan – Jeff would love London because our hotel rooms have kettles!

  10. @Martin – I was going to mention the kettles! But electric kettles are now pretty common in (at least) SF.

  11. Also speaking up, so that Silence does not imply discontent. :)

    I greatly enjoyed both Jeff and Graeme’s single-cast outings, and I definitely hope for more in the future in lieu of a skip week if such a thing is at all possible. Experimental solo pieces or full length work as a duet, the both of you continue to provide entertaining and informative comics and pop culture commentary. Thanks, guys.

  12. @Jeff: “And as others have pointed out to me, that movie was based on a novel by the fine John D. MacDonald, thus extending its lineage even further.”

    Oh shit – you do realize this means you’re living THE FICTIONAL MAN, right?

    (BTW, thanks for the recommendation. Not at all what I was expecting from Al Ewing, but an interesting read.)

  13. Jeff: Finally listened to this, which was an awkward but hysterical treat, from the misadventures in Brooklyn to the descent down the Brad Pitt rabbit hole.

    Thanks again for your enthusiastic support for COPRA which is definitely one of the finds of the year — but the weird thing for me is that I’d never read the original ’80s SUICIDE SQUAD until *after* I read Copra. Copra is an admitted homage to the Squad — Fiffe even talks about its origins in an “unofficial” fan issue of Suicide Squad he created. But I was stunned by HOW MUCH was channeled from Suicide Squad. It was a weird discovery for me and I wondered how much of what makes it unique and NOT just a Squad ripoff is the surreal art.

    In other news — SEX CRIMINALS made me suspect that Fraction was familiar with Fritz Leiber’s THE SINFUL ONES (aka YOU’RE ALL ALONE) wherein the protagonist discovers that he can escape the forward motion of the clockwork universe and move through a gallery of statues, and everything changes when he meets a girl with a similar ability (introducing him to a subculture of predators / thieves who abuse this power). It’s also reminiscent of FM Busby’s “If This is Winnetka, You Must Be Judy,” about people who “time travel” within their own lives — their consciousness skipping from time period to time period within their own body; and likewise, the big turning point is when he meets a girl with the same affliction.

  14. @everyone: Thank you so much for taking the time to throw your two cents in, especially if you did so to placate my super-hand-wringy comment. The feedback is very much appreciated, I assure you.

    There are some other fine points in here–I think someone could craft a very fine little essay on Dan’s point about the limitations of comics to show the movement of time (as opposed to movement) and how crucial that might be to SEX CRIMINAL’s ultimate success or failure–that I’m quite grateful for, as well. I’m always afraid saying so will summon some epic shitstorm of trolls, but I remain grateful and proud of the quality of comments we get on this blog.

  15. And the legacy of awful numbering on this podcast continues :)

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