On podcasts and changing my mind.

I often have very random preconceived notions about celebrities–ones I like, ones I dislike for whatever random reason. We all do, right? And it’s been intriguing me lately how their appearance on say, Jimmy Fallon or a late-night show rarely changes how I feel about them. But a 30- to 45-minute podcast interview, on the other hand, can have a huge effect.

For instance, I never watched That ’70s Show but I loved Topher Grace in both Win a Date with Tad Hamilton AND In Good Company. After listening to him and his idea for his new web site on The Nerdist podcast? Nope. The web site idea sounds a million years too late and what he wants to do on it has been so well and widely done elsewhere. No one who was really smart would think it was a good idea at all.

Whereas, say, B.J. Novak for whom I have harbored a perhaps (PERHAPS) irrational complete hatred for, for years, thanks to The Office and Inglorious Bastards, things I loved lots of things about and hated him in–after listening to him on the Nerdist, I think he’s so much smarter than I ever realized and I am totally going to buy his book of short (in some case, very short) stories.

In case you were wondering. Don’t lie, this is all stuff you couldn’t have gone on living without. Heh.

First/Multiple Listens: Rhye “Woman”

This is my favorite album I bought yesterday, even though I also bought Beyonce. I love them both but this one? This is anytime, anywhere music. Also there is a serious ’70s vibe to my ear and I just dig dig dig it.

I know everyone else hears Sade when they listen to this. I hear Julia Fordham. AND I LOVE IT.

Another Stephen Thompson recommendation. Geez, that guy.

Fundamental Oppression.

This article really hit home for me, especially the first and last sections.

Artistic expression poses an inherent challenge to fundamentalists because it offers the ultimate manifestation of the temporal and the heterodox. It embodies freedom of thought. Art suggests that mere human beings may also be Creators. As a result, in Muslim majority contexts many artists have faced profound risks for the content of their work, or simply for producing art whatever its content, but they have continued nonetheless.

Summer Television: The Glades

Wouldn’t you stop being that arrogant the 59th time you accused the wrong person of murder?

I try to like the Glades; Matt Saracen*’s [so to speak] wife plays the main female character, after all. But every week it is insufferably the same (and also: insufferable).

The lead detective, otherwise known as most arrogant portrayal of a cop ever in the universe, seems to accuse each and every single person he meets as he investigates the crime. He is 100% positive they are the killer, tells them that repeatedly, then gets a phone call while interrogating them, leaves the room and goes straight to accusing someone else of being the killer (now 100% positive it’s them). Somehow I fail to see that as an effective method of policework.

Every week, with every person, after he tells them “I KNOW you’re the killer,” he then tells them not to leave town in what sounds like the same exact wording every.single.time. Even Law & Order doesn’t make the audience listen to the Miranda rights with every single arrest.

It’s as formulaic as episodes of House, and quite reminiscent of them in fact. House decides it’s X insane disease no one’s ever heard of, gives the patient some horribly intense medicine, then figures out it’s actually X completely ordinary disease that the previous medicine actually makes much, much worse and he’s basically either killed or almost killed them by his overthinking of their possible illness.

In the Glades, he thinks A is the killer, nope it’s B, nope it’s A again, nope it’s C, nope it’s A again, nope B…ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Sure, it’s fictional, and I need to work on suspending my disbelief. But seriously: Wouldn’t you be less cocky after being wrong so many times in so many episodes?

*Zach Gilford, the actor who played Matt Saracen on Friday Night Lights, is married to the female lead on The Glades. See some incredibly lovely photos of their wedding over here.