The World As Will, plus Eggplant

by John Holbo on January 15, 2009

I just discovered that Daniel Pinkwater has a regular podcast [that’s the link to the site, but I prefer to get it through iTunes], which includes readings of his old books! He just got through chapter 3 of Borgel, which is drop-dead my favorite novel that isn’t Melville’s Confidence Man. And he’s reading other stuff with it. There’s this screamingly hilarious, alliterative bit about Bugsy Schwartz, M.D.-to-be. “I was looking after this broad with … a stomach ache.” You have to listen.

What are your favorite podcasts that I probably don’t know about? (I have this weird problem where iTunes decides it doesn’t like certain podcasts after a while and won’t download them anymore. Example: I can only download Rachel Maddow at work because my home mac doesn’t do that stuff anymore. I click. It tries for a second then gives up. Very strange.)

In other news, I haven’t been posting at the Valve of late. But I finally got back on that horse and hauled off and posted a great huge thing about literary stuff and Theory … just for those who are all nostalgic for the good old days.

God, I don’t want to read such a thing (you reasonably protest, and I can offer no cogent counter-argument.) Then, after you read it, you come back and complain: after all that hemming and hawing, you don’t even say whether Nietzsche has an unsatisfactorily one-dimensional account of power, in your considered opinion, or not?

Very well: it is my opinion that Nietzsche’s philosophy of power is precisely isomorphic, in dimensionality, to the subject matter of this work of art, “Monster Attack”, by young Eli Kochalka. It is the greatest work of art ever. Ergo, Nietzsche is a very sophisticated theorist of power!

I suggest you click on the Monster Attack link and leave it at that.



momama 01.15.09 at 3:23 pm

Stephen Fry has some great podcasts (or podgrams, as he calls them) at


fardels bear 01.15.09 at 4:04 pm

The Concert from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:


Paul 01.15.09 at 4:24 pm

Seneca can not be surpassed for meaningful commentary about life. You can keep Nietzsche !


Kathleen 01.15.09 at 5:35 pm

Awwwwwww, Daniel Pinkwater.


Chuchundra 01.15.09 at 5:43 pm

A word of warning. Many years ago I found the books on tape version of Pinkwater’s “Fish Whistle”, read by the author, at my local library. I decided to put it in my car and listen to it on my daily commute. More than once I nearly got into an accident because I was laughing so hard.

I can’t believe they let this guy do bits on NPR. The man in a menace.

Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while listening to Daniel Pinkwater.


Davy 01.15.09 at 9:39 pm

Anything on BBC Radio 4. I especially like ‘Front Row’ and ‘In our Time’.


Russell Arben Fox 01.15.09 at 9:49 pm

Good grief, does that Monster Attack thing just go on forever or what? I got a class to teach.

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