And we’re back. A good two months have passed, but Shadercast lives on. We have a fascist elected to be our next president, but stories still need to be told. Do they have to be my stories? Well, dear listeners, that’s all the stories I have. We open with your podcaster sharing Eagles small talk as scripted by a student to use on Thanksgiving. The other voice you hear is my uncle’s brother, Patrick, who seems to know what he’s hearing. After that, I vent spleen about the Orange-haired, numb-nutted president-elect and how working class voters have been taken into an eminence front. Next, we have a dramatic reading of “I’ll Lead a Live in Some Small Dive: A Christmas Eve Eve Story,” which ran in Philadelphia Weekly, formerly The Welcomat, in 2009. Listen for the Rod Stewart cameo and an outro from Johnny Hartman.
Good Bad Boys, what ya gonna do? This episode centers around Catholicism! Well, a book I read as a wee lad that was steeped in Catholicism called The Good Bad Boy. Featured is an essay written for the National Book Critics Circle’s website that was adapted from a chapter in Shader. Join us in this discussion of Goodness and Badness, as Judge Smails of Caddyshack might put it. There’s also a vocal element from Rachel, star barista at Hudson River Coffee House, and, as always, music from UrbanSurfer, written by Eric Schnorr.
We start at the beginning, or almost the beginning, in this Shadercast, with a reading of Chapter 2 from Shader. Mentioned: my car stereo, Long Island rock festival incompetence, Billy Squier, Geoffrey Wolff’s The Duke of Deception, and how one reacts to getting life-changing news over the phone. There’s also a voicemail message from Todd Colby, and music from UrbanSurfer, written by Eric Schnorr.
Sit down, grab a Therapist card, and show us you’re With It in this episode of the Shadercast. Our fearless podcast shares with his formidable longread, recently featured up on the literary website The Millions: “Group Therapy: Was It Really a Game?” But before that a snippiet of an interview with one of the game’s co-creators, Phil Ross. So don’t Cop Out–listen. Music provided by UrbanSurfer composed by Eric Schnorr.
It’s a gendered episode of Shadercast as our podcaster hedges his way around gender and Guns N’ Roses and the story of making out inside Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, which we’re pretty sure is illegal if not sinful in the eyes of the Vatican. We talk a bit about Barry Manilow, but not nearly enough. This episode includes theme music by UrbanSurfer, written by Eric Schorr, a snippet of the original (!) version of “Mandy,” “Brandy” by Scott English, and “My House” by ahead-of-its-time band, Camden’s own True Detectives.