Month: March 2008

Mimi Weddell & Jyll Johnstone (BSS #192)

Mimi Weddell is the subject of Hats Off. Jyll Johnstone is the director of the film. The film opens in New York on March 28, 2008. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Under scrutiny from his schizophrenic creator. Guests: Mimi Weddell and Jyll Johnstone (Hats Off) Subjects Discussed: Starting the film in Central Park and ending the Read More

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Jeffrey Ford II (BSS #191)

Jeffrey Ford is most recently the author of The Shadow Year. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Wondering why he isn’t invited to the Bowery Bar. Author: Jeffrey Ford Subjects Discussed: Writing a book representing a congeries of genre, the visceral advantages of not relying upon research, The Shadow Year‘s unnamed year and unnamed narrator, Botch Town Read More

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Bill Plympton (BSS #190)

Bill Plympton is an independent animator. He has just completed an 80-minute feature, Idiots and Angels. The website can be found here. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Concerned about whether he is becoming a cartoon. Guest: Bill Plympton Subjects Discussed: The origin of the square-shouldered suit guys, Plympton’s approach to humor, “Push Comes to Shove” and Read More

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Will Leitch (BSS #189)

Will Leitch is most recently the author of God Save the Fan. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Running away from the spirit of Red Smith. Author: Will Leitch Subjects Discussed: The inspirational force of Van Halen, music in hockey arenas, speculation on why Kenny Loggins’s “Danger Zone” is continuously played at football games, special interests in Read More

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Terry Sanders (BSS #188)

Terry Sanders is most recently the director of Fighting for Life, which opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 7th. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Convinced that he is fighting for his life. Guest: Terry Sanders Subjects Discussed: Maintaining an apolitical tone, whether being a military doctor involves politics, apolitical semiotics, how much reality Read More

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Stephen Chow and Jiao Xu (BSS #187)

Stephen Chow is most recently the director of CJ7, which opens on March 7th. Jiao Xu is the very talented young star of the film. We are happy to report that this is our first bilingual podcast. Stephen Chow and Jiao Xu answered in Cantonese. Diane, an adept, amicable, and very helpful translator, assisted us Read More

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Wayne Shannon (BSS #186)

Wayne Shannon is a legendary broadcast commentator. This particular conversation relates to this 2006 post from Return of the Reluctant. You can find a 1980 clip of Shannon’s work here. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Absent. Guest: Wayne Shannon Subjects Discussed: Reading teleprompter from thirty feet away, being a “troubleshooter,” the proprietary address of “Our Wayne Read More

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Chip Kidd (BSS #185)

Chip Kidd is a book designer and most recently the author of The Learners. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contending with form vs. function. Author: Chip Kidd Subjects Discussed: The origins of the nickname Happy, Death of a Salesman, laundry list homages to White Noise, Daredevil, Himillsy Dodd’s ability to see into the future, lexical blending, Read More

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Paulo Morelli (BSS #184)

Paulo Morelli is the director of City of Men. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contemplating a movie scenario with Brazilian filmmakers. Guest: Paulo Morelli Subjects Discussed: Using close-ups, visual obstructions for sexual activity, violence and emotion, the relationship between City of God and City of Men, possible confusion between the television series and the movie, color Read More

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Samantha Hunt (BSS #183)

Samantha Hunt is most recently the author of The Invention of Everything Else. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pining for chambermaids. Author: Samantha Hunt Subjects Discussed: Managing multiple perspectives, working within the limitations of 1943, helpful historical endnotes, Tesla’s tendency to divide things by three, pleasantly misleading metafictional names, using abandoned New York topography in a Read More

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