I’m a fan of podcasts, which I listen to when I’m doing the washing up, or when I’m tidying. I often listen to The Dork Forest, (which I’ve blogged about before) but another one I like is called The Canon.
Earwolf is a comedy podcasting network founded in 2010. It was initially built around the Comedy Death-Ray Radio podcast, but has since grown to include a bunch of podcasts on lots of different subjects. The Earwolf studios are in Los Angeles. Each week, Amy Nicholson, of MTV News and Uproxx, discusses films to see if they are worthy of the canon. This canon is an imaginary list of the greatest films of all time, similar to the Western canon.
I just love the idea behind the show, that there is this monolithic canon, and that the audience of the podcast act as its gatekeepers. I guess what I like is that the canon is so completely impossible ever to define. Everyone has a nebulous idea of what works are part of the canon and the ones that are excluded, but there is no way that everyone can have exactly the same list. There is no way that everyone can agree on every title. Some people will see one movie as worthy, while other people will disagree and see that exact same movie as a chunk of garbage.
A podcast where people argue about each movie individually, examining the minutiae of each film, to decide what is canon and what isn’t is such a great idea. It’s a podcast that has a real intellectual spark, and it looks at all kinds of films. Because of my well known leaning toward sc-fi subjects, I started listening at episode 5, from way back in December, 2014 where the merits of Star Wars vs. The Empire Strikes Back were debated, and Star Wars was allowed into the cannon. But the show’s so good I might even check out some of the episodes that aren’t even about sci-fi movies, just to see what they have to say about them. As of the time of writing there have been almost 150 episodes of this long-running show, so there are plenty to choose from.
I should probably mention that Amy Nicholson used to have a co-host called Devin Faraci, but he was acused of sexual assault, and is no longer on the show.
Nicholson now has a different co-host for every episode, but the loss of Faraci is no particular detriment to the show, Nicholson was always the one carrying it, giving it heart and weight, and actually doing some research and preparation. When Faraci was still part of the podcast, it was Nicholson that was always an excellent proponent of her choices, because she did research and her arguments were reasoned. Faraci, not so much. He didn’t do any research and, in the absence of actually knowing what he was talking about, he usually ended up resorting to trying to brow beat, insult, and intimidate Nicholson. He kept saying she didn’t understand whatever movie it was he was defending, but it was him who often missed the point of a movie. Nicholson was always, and still is, the star of the show.
The podcast is still going strong and, looking at the Canon episode list on Wikipedia, I think the next episode I’ll listen to is from January this year, the one with David Nadelberg about The Neverending Story.
Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy) Start Reading the Dark Galaxy Trilogy
The first book in the Dark Galaxy Trilogy, always the best place to start, is Galaxy Dog. It’s a little more old-school and fun than a lot of the sci-fi that is around at the moment. It has spaceships, robots, battles, and brave warriors rebelling against an evil empire. Click the book cover and go to the storefront you prefer to buy it now, or follow this link.
This is a universal book link (UBL) and you will be greeted with a page displaying all the places the book is available online. Just select the storefront you prefer and, if you want, also make this your default bookseller. From then on, every time you click a UBL you will be taken directly to the book you are interested in, on the storefront you prefer. The UBL even allows you to go to the Amazon store that matches your region.