In this first-ever episode of the Erudition podcast, I read some Hip Hop Haikus to Nick. I then try to convince Nick that he should write a book, and demonstrate by reading a rejection letter from a high-powered literary agent. Yep, I’ve been rejected by the same guy who discovered Tucker Max and Justin Halpern.
Nick then draws some very interesting parallels between the movie Teen Wolf
and the Twilight series. I officially condemn Twilight for perpetuating the Friend Zone, even though I have neither seen the movies nor read the books.
We also get into “Freakonomics“, which is a favorite book of mine, as well as Dan Ariely’s “Predictably Irrational“. They’re both about some of the quirks of human behavior, and I can’t get enough of that type of thing.
Nick is currently reading Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers: The Story of Success,” and I’m reading “Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little,” so we talk a bit about each of those. I recommended Outliers to Nick, but he ignored me. Happily, one of Nick’s other friends is much less cheap than I am, and purchased a copy for him, upstaging my paltry recommendation.
I then confess a somewhat non-erudite love for Kurt Vonnegut, and Nick once again draws a prescient parallel, this time to Justin Bieber. All of this leads up to a revelation about the letters on the Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill album cover.
Nick goes on to show me some silly business about the Wingdings typeface and the 9/11 terror attacks.
We then talk about all the new ways that artists and writers are making a name for themselves independently. Nick attempts to suggest that it can’t be done by actors, but I point out that hilarious friend of the show Tripp Crosby is doing that very thing through YouTube.
Give it a listen!