On this week’s episode, we reunited with two old college friends, Matt Howard and Jarom Sidwell. The four of us shared stories of our undergrad adventures, talked about our favorite early morning cartoons and breakfast cereals, caught up with Jarom, who gave up a Hollywood animation career to spend more time with his young family, played tearjerkers from animated films, and heard some book wisdom from C. Terry Warner’s The Bonds that Make Us Free.
Dave’s old neighbor Rosie joins us for our latest episode, in which we discuss times we pretended to be something we weren’t, share some small talk stories featuring some incredible characters, describe some of our most memorable literary personas, take some ‘everyday questions’ with Rosie, play great songs by The Cure, Led Zeppelin, Phish, Jefferson Airplane, Bruce Springsteen, and Loggins & Messina, and hear some book wisdom from Benjamin Hoff’s wonderful little book The Tao of Pooh.
- A man has developed a bacteria spray so that he doesn’t have to shower. He looks exactly like you would expect him to.
- An 80+ year old rural Georgian woman named Serpentfoot Serpentfoot wanted to change her name to a 101 word phrase, but a judge rejected her petition.
- Celebrity marathon completion times.
OTC Literary Characters
- Judge Holden from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian [Dave].
- Boo Radley from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird [Steel].
- Mersault from Albert Camu’s The Stranger [Rosie].
Rosie shared the foreward to Benjamin Hoff’s philosophical classic The Tao of Pooh.
This week Dave and Steel are joined by their friend Spencer. Together the three of them catch up on old reading assignments, talk about child prodigies, debate whether various prominent public figures peaked early or late in their career, play youth-themed music by the Jackson 5, Hanson, Laura Marling, Big Star, Peter Tosh, and Cat Stevens and Dave shares some heartbreaking book wisdom from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
Wunderkinder: Child Prodigies
OTC Debate: Picasso or Cezanne
University of Chicago economist David Galenson wrote a book called Old Masters and Young Geniuses, in which he theorized that there are two types of creative minds: “Old Masters” and “Young Geniuses.” He argued that some people (like Picasso) hit their creative peak relatively quickly with an intense burst of production in their youth. Other geniuses (like Cezanne) peak later in life, after a lifetime of tinkering and amassing experience. We decided to debate whether various public figures were Picassos or Cezannes.
Unchained Melodies: In Praise of Youth Edition
This week Dave shared a passage from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road.
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