Welcome to the final “Final Friday” edition of LRB! Bobby is unapologetically Simpsons-splainin’, Mike is celebrating Ravelry Week, Ann is letting her inner bitch become her outer bitch, Christy is riding a rolley coaster of office dog emotion, and Hillary is making a compelling case for why everyone (or at least her neighbors) should have one of those Ring doorbells.
Two shows in one! Sort of.
First, Bobby, Christy, Ann and Mike are nearly derailed from any substantial talk of TBTL by a corn fest, a pile of dirt, and a familial connection to a(n) (in)famous (minor) celebrity bowler. Thankfully, the LRB Mailbag gets us back on track, and even inspires some spirited (albeit brief) roleplaying.
After the music, stay tuned for special bonus content: Audio from the LRB picnic! What this tape lacks in stable audio levels or group sobriety it more than makes up for in Oreos, Blake Lively and group quiz fun. Enjoy!
Join The Coven™ and Bobby for a quick Final Friday roundup featuring peak podcasting, Reality TV hypocrisy, decoy ducks, more butt faxes, and more. Plus, airport wheelchair groupies, backwoods hotel wifi, puppies as presidents, microwave chicken with PEEPS® (a game, not a recipe*), a live review of Surly Brewing Co.’s Dots and Loops, and of course, a young future star Hilliary doing her best Madonna/Roger Rabbit despite a complete lack of voguing support from her cousins.
It’s the end of the month, and Bobby, Ann, Hillary, Mike and Christy have a lot of ground to cover before the Jamaican-Norwegian housekeeper comes knocking. Inspired by recent conversations on TBTL, we share some of our worst job interviews, as well as voicemails from two of our favorite listeners, and learn that the best thing to do it to lie, especially if we were recently at a Snoop Dogg concert. And, we discuss albums we love (or that we hate that we love), including some from a nearby dumpster. Plus, Christy regales us with the second-hand epic that was Jeremy’s freewheeling adventure through middle America in a hot-wired old Honda Accord. As far as feral humans go, he’s really doing quite alright.
It’s the end of the month, and Bobby, Mike, Meredith, Christy and Ann (along with our Google Drive spirit animals) are here to catch up on an array of LRB topics including a two-month backlog in the mailbag, an unexpectedly laissez-faire approach to the LRB picnic potluck, and a new AMA question that opens an old wound for a couple of our co-hosts. (Don’t worry, that’s not blood—it’s just marinara. Though that doesn’t make it OK.) Plus, Bobby has a dream mascot battle (on ice!), Meredith has allergy-induced shiners, Christy’s got sneaky meat, Mike has a cold take on popsicles, and Ann has a hot beef with Mike.
This whole Australia thing and the general state of the world today have made us a little sad this week. Good thing listener Ann reminded us that Ludacris freestyling Llama Llama Red Pajama is a thing that exists, and that we should watch it. And now, so should you.