Month: October 2008

Neal Stephenson (BSS #245)

Neal Stephenson is most recently the author of Anathem. It is not known whether or not he “likes cake a lot.” Condition of Mr. Segundo: He likes cake a lot. Author: Neal Stephenson Subjects Discussed: Seven as the ideal number of guests for dinner, William Gibson, the shift from the near future to the past, Read More

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa (BSS #244)

Filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa is most recently the co-writer and director of Tokyo Sonata, a film that played the New York Film Festival and that will be released by Regent Releasing in the United States on March 17, 2009. For more information on this extraordinary film, please see our review. We also wish to express our Read More

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Charlie Kaufman (BSS #243)

Charlie Kaufman recently appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #243. Kaufman is most recently the writer-director of Synecdoche, New York, now playing in limited theaters. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Lost in the endless ebb and flow of emotional and cerebral ideas. Guest: Charlie Kaufman Subjects Discussed: Mr. Kaufman confronting more energy than he is accustomed Read More

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Pale Young Gentlemen (BSS #242)

Pale Young Gentlemen is a band from Madison, Wisconsin that is currently touring across the United States, and has just released its second album, Black Forest (tra la la). Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contending with unexpected discrimination during the economic crisis. Guest: Michael Reisenauer (of Pale Young Gentlemen) Subjects Discussed: The benefits of “Pale Young Read More

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Megan Hustad (BSS #241)

Megan Hustad is most recently the author of How to Be Useful Condition of Mr. Segundo: Contemplating the usefulness of political candidates. Author: Megan Hustad Subjects Discussed: Establishing the terminology of usefulness, the prisoner’s dilemma, usefulness and cooperation, restaurant managers, the publishing industry as a starting point, “suc lit,” coming from a cash-poor middle-class background, Read More

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Marilynne Robinson (BSS #240)

Marilynne Robinson is most recently the author of Home. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Avoiding the relationship potential of malfunctioning XLR cables. Author: Marilynne Robinson Subjects Discussed: Revisiting the Gilead universe, Lawrence Durrell, Robinson’s aversion to sequels, the parable of the prodigal son, the role of letters and text within Gilead and Home, text as a Read More

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Jerzy Skolimowski (BSS #239)

Jerzy Skolimowski is a filmmaker, and is most recently the director of Four Nights with Anna, which is currently playing at the New York Film Festival. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Waiting for the fifth night. Guest: Jerzy Skolimowski Subjects Discussed: Moonlighting (1982), starting from a home to get the lay of the land, the importance Read More

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