We don’t want to get dramatic, but we’re pretty sure the reason our conversation with Scott Rogers, aka Big Ed Barnham, was so pleasant is because at one time or another, Isaac, Michelle, and Scott were busy growing up along a 100 mile stretch of Interstate 75. There’s maybe an understanding that arises when you come from the same general place.
In this episode, Scott discusses his two web series, Summer America Barnham’s Book Club for Ladies, and Big Ed Barnham’s One of a Kind Big Find of the Week, and we talk books that are funny and books that are trying to be funny. We like some better than others.
There is not much ambient noise, except for the sound of three humans perspiring inside an only mildly air conditioned office building during the hottest weekend of the summer. Also the corking and uncorking of a Tequila bottle.
Books (and plays) we reference, or sort of reference
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
The Ask – Sam Lipsyte
Portnoy’s Complaint – Phillip Roth
99 Ways to Fuck a Swan – Kim Rosenstock
All the Way – Robert Schenkkan
The Doubter’s Almanac – Ethan Canin
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again – David Foster Wallace
Birds of America – Lorrie Moore
Which is More Than I Can Say for Some People – Lorrie Moore
Willing – Lorrie Moore
Homeland – Cory Doctorow
Wake Up, Sir – Jonathan Ames
The Extra Man – Jonathan Ames
The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamotte
Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
Windows 97 User Guide
Pond – Claire-Louise Bennett
Eve’s Hollywood – Eve Babitz
Slow Days, Fast Company – Eve Babitz
The Devil All the Time – Donald Ray Pollock
The Heavenly Table – Donald Ray Pollock
Knockemstiff – Donald Ray Pollock
The Tsar of Love and Techno – Anthony Marra
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
IQ84 – Haruki Murakami
Authors we mention in a general way
Also: Isaac wishes he would have brought up Terry Southern. He also may be making up the details of the Lorrie Moore story.