I’ve had a lot of fun — and been really nervous at times — recording these over the past year. I could tell you about the joys of podcasting, or you could just read this Will Leitch piece instead. So in place of that, here are some of my favorite moments and near misses from the podcast:
Pinball machines in the background. I had a great time talking to Todd MacCulloch, who was on a video stream while we were recording on Skype. If you don’t know, after his retirement from the NBA, MacCulloch became a pinball star, so it was cool to see him in his basement on the stream, with multiple pinball machines in the background. Also, he was very nice and hilarious.
Generation gap. One of the earlier episodes I did was with Albert Kilchesty from The Baseball Reliquary. I had heard about this other baseball hall of fame from Slate’s Hang Up And Listen podcast and was interested to learn more. Albert is probably twenty or thirty years my elder, so it took us five or six emails before I explained to him how Skype worked. It was also a really emotional chat especially when we started discussing whether players from The Steroids Era should be inducted into The Hall Of Game, Albert actually asked me to give him a minute because he was getting very worked up about the whole thing. It was the first, and only time, that’s happened on the podcast.
Talking to my favorite writer. The podcast I had with Jonathan Abrams actually sprung out of a conversation with him on Twitter. We exchanged a few emails and he asked for my phone number and caught me off guard with a call while I was golfing with my parents.
I had to tell my dad to chill on the nine iron because my favorite writer is on the phone with me. The one thing about these podcasts is that because so many of these people are in essence strangers, I’ve found that it takes half an hour or so to really get a good feel for each other, and by then, the conversation is almost over.
Still think this should be a bigger deal. In a series of podcasts with my friend Jon, we explored what we termed five dollar ideas, which is kind of like the premise of Nathan Fielder’s show if you’re familiar with it, or simply just ideas that we think are great but not fully fleshed out or most times very flawed.
Some examples of the ideas we came up with: hologram dogs to help pet owners with their deceased companions, combining donuts and bagels (this was before the whole cronut thing happened, so we totally missed out), a bar that plays reality shows only (this apparently exists in a lot of places), and my favorite: a wedding planning boot camp.
I want to get back to doing more of these at some point, for now, another attempt to make this a thing because I believe in it: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of our five dollar ideas series.
Guests I’d like to have on. I still think Eddie Huang and I could record a really good podcast. I’ve been in touch with Nathan Fielder (or at least, his agent) and David Grann, so hoping to be able to talk to them sometime down the line.
But seriously, there’s only one goal going forward for the podcast:
And now, a break to talk about, what else, my upcoming book.
You know how some — or most — podcasts have that Stamps.com promo everytime? This will be my version of that for the next month or two. If you’ve already read about it, feel free to move onto the next section. If not, well, I’ve been working on a book since early last year.
It’s a book featuring my writing and original illustrations from a bunch of really talented artists. You can see some sample layouts here (Kobe, Barry Bonds, Dennis Rodman). I will be setting up a Kickstarter soon to recoup some of the print and shipping costs, an early estimate of the book will be $20. It’s going to be an entirely non-profit project for me, which my parents will be sad to hear about considering I hold a business degree.
All of this to say, please subscribe to the mailing list by clicking here if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, it’d help me gauge the interest of the project.
Okay, enough of the self promo, here’s the best basketball card I saw online this month, from Fat Shawn Kemp.
Here are this month’s links. These were some of my favorite reads of this month, summarized in 10 words (or less). The links are in blue, click on them, read it, Readability it, or give it an accidental page view.