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Also: Come on. Never ask anybody to play Marlon Brando playing Don Vito Corleone. That is setting a guy up to fail.
I regret to say I really did not like THE OFFER, which feels like a lot of streaming-series problems rolled into one project. The most glaring one: It’s much, much too long for the material.…
This is an @emilyisayeff appreciation tweet. Publicists forever.
Why yes, my book FLYING SOLO (6/14) does have a sparkly new Kirkus review: “A charming and easygoing look at all kinds of love and the beauty of independence, featuring supremely likable characters.” If that sounds up your alley, I hope you’ll agree!…
Every true crime series or podcast should come labeled “We Don’t Know What Happened” or “We Will Tell You What Happened.”
I am about to start Hacks S2 screeners, and I am going to try to work on my hostility to Ava. We all deserve compassion.
(I often note that I rarely write just angry infuriated rants about things anymore. And then I say "But I made an exception for INSATIABLE.")
(Bonus points for the discussion of the absolute raging garbage fire that was INSATIABLE.)
People love to gas on about how hard-nosed show business is, and then you hear these stories that are like "this woman was responsible for being nice to people, mending fences, soothing feelings." Whose work is that? Whose feelings get soothed?
It's not that TV is the only place where this happens, but over and over, you read these stories of these women sent out to creative-whisper for companies that then undervalue them. Emotional labor, gendered work, etc.
I want to add: The discussion of Cindy Holland in this piece reminds me SO MUCH of the many women in TINDERBOX, the oral history of HBO, who were clearly responsible for maintaining good relationships with creators but were not "the boss."
Can't wait to read Kim on this; Kim is exactly the person to read on this.…
(By the way, you should hear this in your Coach Beard "HORTICULTURE BABAAAAAY!" voice.)
So again: Out June 14, news on some events coming soon, preorder from your favorite place in your favorite format! (Audio will be, again, from the incomparable @justjuliawhelan.)…
The only thing you can *really* ask for in a review is that it gets the book. And this review really, really gets the book as I saw it and wanted it to be.
I couldn’t be more delighted to share this kind and lovely Kirkus review of FLYING SOLO, out June 14.…
(I should clarify — of course there are interactive formats where audiences choose endings! Don’t mean to seem against that. But you can’t decide at the last minute “we decided not to end the story.”)
There is a difference between ambiguity and a trick.
Because you don’t owe your audience a *particular* ending, but you owe your audience *an* ending, chosen by you. Not them.
If the ending of THE SOPRANOS had happened now, it would be impossible not to at least think about … “Is this thoughtful ambiguity? Or is it a hedge?”
This morning’s musing: The dawn of “maybe we’ll do another season in five years or ten years, who knows?” has been disastrous for the writing of many series finales.
I went very deep on the Fast & Furious franchise last summer, including the fact that Justin Lin built the thing as we now know it.…
And I answered a lot of people, but I eventually had to go do other stuff, and people started answering each other. It can be a good place.
This was one of my favorite days on Twitter. Just people being really candid and finding other people’s battles comforting. It was sad but somehow really warm, too.…
There are probably ten more that I listen to at least sometimes. It’s a great deal at any price, and people get to own their shows. Just my two cents. (And more! Per month!)
I have given the same answer to “What’s your favorite podcast?” for almost ten years. I say “Judge John Hodgman.” It is one of a couple shows that I re-listen to again and again like people do with music. It is humane and funny and wise and it holds up.
I love Fanti so much that I knew immediately we had to have Tre’vell and jarrett on PCHH too. Which we do.
I love when they let me come on Jordan Jesse Go, because I am really not funny but it is great to hear myself laugh, which you always can. And when I am NOT on it and it involves actual comedians, imagine how great that is.
My Bullseye conversation with Ann Dowd is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done in my career, and it has a lot to do with the atmosphere they have built at the show and the network.
Bullseye is one of the great gems of public radio. Not only is Jesse a stupendous interviewer, but they have actually let my inexperienced ass guest-host and talk to people like Giancarlo Esposito, Cristin Milioti, William Jackson Harper and THE FREAKING INDIGO GIRLS.
Let me tell you about a few Max Fun shows I support. Of all the appearances I have done on other podcasts, none has led to more people telling me it meant something to them than @johnmoe’s prior show THE HILARIOUS WORLD OF DEPRESSION. John has brought DEPRESH MODE to Max Fun.…
Yes. I mean this like “bring back high-waisted jeans.” Like, “Bring them back to wider use.” I know they exist!…
Good time to bring back RSS feed readers, I feel like!
What’s the best newsletter platform that’s not Substack?
This is a good and kind thread from Alan, whom I forgive for making me worry about him for almost two weeks.…
I think I can say this without breaking any rules: I expect reactions to the finale to be lively.
But it puts people in a position of reviewing the end without reviewing the ending? If that makes sense? Which is hard and weird. So if you see coverage of the show this week that seems incomplete or strange, consider whether that's the cause.
It's not common for embargoes not to lift until the thing has already been live for three days. Obviously -- obviously! -- nobody should be putting out spoilery headlines or whatever, nobody should be wrecking the show for you on purpose.
So here's a thing you should know, since I just mentioned OZARK. The embargo is up now on coverage of the second half of the last season. But Netflix put a special requirement in that you couldn't write anything about the finale until Monday afternoon (ET).
OZARK-heads (who have not yet had access to screeners, obviously): What are you hoping to see in this last run of episodes? What is the ending of your dreams? What would make you angry? What do you absolutely need from the show as it wraps up?
Also if you are a Max Fun member, the drive is a great reminder to pop into your membership and update the shows you listen to so that they get a share of your support!
Max Fun is doing a lot of things people say they want podcast networks to be doing. Among them is the fact that creators own their shows. I contribute every month because they make some of my favorite podcasts, but also because I think they're doing it the right way.…
This is wonderful and you should read it.…
(Yes, yes, microwaved fish stinks at the office. So would fish cooked in a pan. Don’t cook fish at work, is my advice.)
This really doesn’t surprise me. I’m not saying it’s the best possible way to make fish, but the perfect can become the enemy of the good when it comes to people cooking for themselves. This is good for you! Meaning if you *like* it, there’s literally no reason not to do it.…
Also yesterday Brian got to take a selfie with one of his daycare dads.
But especially with women writers (though not exclusively), it turns into scoffing at what people presume is veiled memoir. (3/3)
but I’m going from there into questions that are purely imagined. So it’s like … “Is this character similar to you?” I mean … kinda? In that many of us become interested in exploring in fiction the things we’ve had cause to ponder. (2/3)
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