Episode 107: The Badasses of Literature
Following an email that directs Josh into a surprisingly... ah, ADULT story from his days in college, we dive into the badasses of literature. The Jack Reachers, the Dirk Pitts, the James Bonds, the Repairman Jacks. We touch on these improbably amazing protaganists, and discuss what separate the ones we love from the ones that set our eyes to rolling. We also look at some of our favorite secondary characters that have pummelled, shot, bludgeoned or stabbed their way into our hearts, from John Connolly's Angel and Louis to the incomparable Bubba Rogowski. Finally, the pair wrap up with Dietrich discussing a party game that resulted in bruises, a screaming 10-year-old tackling a network programmer from Huntsville and a hell of a good time; while Josh dives into the brilliant film "Dark City" and debates the merits of Prometheus with a listener. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We've Been Reading
0:00 to 27:05
We kick off the week with an e-mail that not only uses proper grammar, but also lets us talk about dirty, dirty topics. So that’s a winning start! From there, we dive into the news and discuss our mixed feelings about the new book from the author of Fifty Shades of Gray – a bit of news that we both admire and are a little disappointed about, depending on how we approach it. As for our reads for the week:
Badasses In Books
27:05 to 1:04:02
This week, we take a look at the biggest badasses in books that we read – your Jack Reachers and your Repairman Jacks, of course, but also your Dirk Pitts, your John Clarks, and even your Sherlock Holmeses(es). We try to figure out why these characters work sometimes and fail others, and do our best to figure out the line between the two as best as possible, as well as celebrating some of our favorites in the genre.
Off The Bookshelf
1:04:02 to 1:21:23
Dietrich brings up the lead this week with a discussion of the newest version of SimCity, a massively popular game that’s dealt with some crippling problems on its launch. After that, he gives his quick thoughts on a board game convention he attended, which is way, way less geeky than it sounds, as well as a Playstation game that ends up – by design – breaking down into complete chaos. As for me, I get the chance to rewatch the astonishing sci-fi film Dark City, and wrap things up by plugging a feature we’re running on the website.