Pop Rocket: Episode 15 Game of Thrones, P-22 & Bad News Bears

Guy Branum
Oliver Wang
Margaret Wappler

Game of Thrones is back so we talk about “learning to Cersei”, ask whether a TV show can ever have enough incest and get into the wonders of sexposition. Plus we name the pieces of culture we initially disliked but then came to love.

With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Oliver Wang - Warm and Tender Love by Percy Sledge
Margaret Wappler - Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Other useful links this week…

Guy was all about Parul Sehgal’s TED Talk about Envy.
Oliver recommended the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle.
You can find more info on Oliver’s new book at LegionsOfBoom.com and buy Guy’s album

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First time listening to this show, so be gentle

I liked the comment on Delillo and the 'White Male Genius' and would love to see this trope deconstructed in a bit more depth. I'm going to make a wild guess and say that someone might be hesitant to read Delillo because they were afraid he was another David Foster Wallace who is sort of the ultimate WMG in my mind. I'm a white man, and I loved everything Wallace in my late teens and early 20s, reading IJ twice and all of his non-fiction collections during that time. Now I'm extremely annoyed by him, his schtick, and the cultural position he occupied, but maybe for different reasons compared to especially a woman writer who is just annoyed by the hubris of it. In Wallace's life and in the Hal Incandenza character there is this idealized version of what I've come to see as my own worst qualities. Even though his writing is usually heaped with satire and a seeming self-awareness at the core there is usually some glorification of an inward focused nerd who is too smart to be understood by everyone around him. I was stuck in this mindset for years, and not only did it make me miserable, it made me less creative and curious about the world around me. At a certain point self-depreciation becomes less about putting yourself down, and more about bragging about how you are secure enough in your talents to put yourself down.

Delillo, meanwhile, I still like. He writes about the lives of middle aged white middle/upper middle class men while alternating between a serious and winking ironic tone, but he isn't nearly as cute or 'clever' as DFW. Or at least he doesn't use that as a crutch.

As a final note, this is the greatest ever takedown of the whole Wallace/Franzen/Eggers/Vollmann/McSweeny's crew in my opinion: http://exiledonline.com/david-foster-wallace-portrait-of-an-infinitely-l...

Probably written by the author John Dolan, but published under a assumed name as he liked to do occasionally.

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