episode 5: funny (and not)

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

Shalom Auslander
Marcel Proust
Neal Pollack

Also: Isaac wishes he would have brought up Terry Southern. He also may be making up the details of the Lorrie Moore story.


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