S4TW: Sherman Alexie’s advice for writers and a dog in a snowdrift

February 5, 2015

(Welcome to Something for the Weekend.  What follows is a list of some of our shows, some shows that aren’t our shows, and some links from around the Internet that we think you’ll enjoy.  Give them a listen/glance.  Thank you.)

WHALE SOUNDS AND WONDERWALL: On Reasonably Sound, Mike chats with It’s Okay To Be Smart host Joe Hanson about animal sounds and semiotics.  Plus “Wonderwall,” which Mike apologizes for.

MORE MIKE: At his PBS Digital gig, Mike asks if you have the right to be forgotten, a nice follow-up to last week’s Life of the Law episode on doxing.

FREE ADVICE FOR WRITERS: Sherman and Jess offer it on A Tiny Sense Of Accomplishment.  A lousy wi-fi signal is a good start.

BOOK CLUB: Melissa Febos, one of ATSOA’s guests, wrote Whip Smart, a memoir about her time as a professional dominatrix.  You can read/listen to more about it at NPR’s Fresh Air.



STAR WARS EPISODE V: On You Must Remember This, Karina tackles the doomed relationship between Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles.  (Longtime listeners already realize the “doomed” is implied in most of the relationships discussed on YMRT.)  The Sordidness Tracker notes the horrible racism of old Hollywood and a terrific Orson Welles imitation by Larry Herold.

THE PAPER OF RECORD: The Soundtrack Series is mentioned in the New York Times, which is cool.  You can listen to Dana’s thoughts on the Sam Smith/Tom Petty kerfuffle and Rebecca Vigil‘s adventures on a game show right here.

AD WIZARDS: Nationwide’s Super Bowl ad was roundly criticized as being, at best, an epic bummer.  (Advertisements featuring dead kids front and center tend to do that.) SB Nation’s Jon Bois wrote a one-act play about it.

FATHER JOHN MISTY: This is an excellent Sean Fennessey piece in Grantland on the singer/songwriter, who was fantastic on Wits last fall.

NO PASTURE ENVY: This is a guy serenading his cattle with Lorde’s “Royals” on trombone.  Have a great weekend.