Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting.
This week's episode of You're the Expert is one of my favorites we've ever done. We interviewed Dr. Lauren Nolfo-Clements about her research on invasive species (specifically giant swamp rodents) and it made me laugh so much. Ken Reid, Josh Sharp, and Caitlin Durante were on fire as panelists and we actually learned a lot about the animal known as a nutria. Link
Once the shows are announced, my schedule with all upcoming dates will be online here.
This week's list
Jay and Mark Duplass act, write, produce, direct, fund, create and just about every other verb you can think of related to movies and television. Their book Like Brothers is a cool look inside their creative process. I felt inspired by how they've been so prolific and successful by making mostly ilow-budget projects that they don't need to get anyone's permission to do.
Their book is more than a look inside the industry, it's also about the benefits and pitfalls of collaborating so closely with another person, a story about masculinity and brotherhood, and a really fun conversation between two total film nerds. Some of my favorite chapters in the book were where Jay and Mark sit in airports looking at strangers and imagine full movie plots that would make sense for them. Here's an except: Like Brothers by the Duplass Brothers (h/t to both Mollie and Dave)
Natasha Rothwell is another prolific artist. You've probably seen her as Kelli on Insecure, and you're about to see a lot more of her in a new HBO show she's developing and in the next Wonder Woman film. I'm a big fan of Natasha. She is funny and kind and thoughtful. She's also not afraid to go really big with her comedy, which can lead to some bizarre and hilarious characters. Here's a bit from her Netflix special that is nuts and makes me laugh so much. Bring Your Child to Work Day (and here's an interview with Natasha)
Ryuichi Sakamoto is a critically acclaimed musician and composer. He loves to eat at a particular high end restaurant in New York. But he absolutely despises the music they play. On the one hand, this is very much a rich person problem that I'm not sure I should care about. On the other, it's a premise that's led to a pretty fascinating look into the psychology of background music and the way it affects our daily experience without our conscious acceptance. Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own (For deeper digging, also watch this video about James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem's quest to change the sounds of the NYC subways)
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