- Ben Calhoun, This American Life, 495: “Hot in My Backyard”, May 17, 2013 x
But there is one thing I have never understood, that really pisses me the fuck off, and it’s all the shitfaces who give out the Pulitzer every year.
The flipside of his “Nobody tells people who are beginners” statement
On banning dream sequences in television and movies
Ira Glass: “I think they’re cheap. I think it’s a cheap move. Even in The Sopranos, when they did that extended long dream sequence, I just feel like it’s a cheap move. Even on shows I like — Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos — it never, ever works for me. I feel like you’re trying to show us the character’s feelings through means that you should just do in scenes that are happening in reality. A TV drama is already a made-up world, and then you have to create a made-up world within the made-up world, I just feel like they always feel obvious. And I hate symbolism.”
It didn’t occur to me until a year and a half in that I could love the dog. I viewed him as a helpless creature who could be a pain in the ass to take care of, but who means well and is very sweet. I was utterly immune to the things that other dog owners love, like the dog greeting them when they come home because he’s so happy to see them. That’s absurd. The dog greets you because he doesn’t know anyone else in New York.
But I think because he is such a troubled little soul, it made my heart go out to him. I don’t think it’s necessarily a good quality that somehow I respond to neediness and vulnerability more than I respond to open shows of affection, but it’s very possible that that’s how I am all the time.
I wasn’t that confident at her age, and I’m not that confident now. I’m not being facetious. I’m a reporter—if I don’t interview someone, I don’t have much to say and I definitely can’t just sit down and knock out 800 words on any subject you give me. On a school night. With trig homework. I mean, respect.
Ira on Tavi
He likes puns and people being peculiar. Sometimes he tells a hilarious story and when I try to retell it to a friend, I realize that whatever happened wasn’t actually that funny or interesting, or even a happening at all. He’s just really great at talking.
Tavi on Ira
Do you have a favorite character or hero from children’s literature?
Hermione. Harry Potter to me is a bore. His talent arrives as a gift; he’s chosen. Who can identify with that? But Hermione — she’s working harder than anyone, she’s half outsider, right? Half Muggle. She shouldn’t be there at all. It’s so unfair that Harry’s the star of the books, given how hard she worked to get her powers
If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?
Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t have a question, but dude just seems like he could use a hug.
Sleepwalk with Me
ira you precious baby, you say the weirdest things that are actually sorta deep
- Rachel Louise Snyder on Ira Glass from her 1995 Salon profile on the host of This American Life.
- Ira Glass
Ira Glass. One of my favorite human beings.