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A stream-of-consciousness podcast from singer/songwriter, M. the Heir Apparent.

Latest Episodes

Episode 62 - Jury Duty

EThanksgiving plans and protests, watching the movie "12 Angry Men" finally, a protracted account of my time serving on the jury of a sexual assault case many years ago, jury selection, the trial, deliberations, being elected as the foreperson to replace someone who suffered a stroke, botching the verdict, the uncertainty of reasonable doubt and the precariousness of jury trials, an unexpected interruption of emergency sirens, recounting the time my work burned down in 2013, and confronting a client in my last days as a server. Music by Disasterpeace.

63 min4 d ago
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Episode 62 - Jury Duty

Episode 61 - Preemptive Apologism

EStaying up until 7am reading "The Exorcist" to avoid sleeping in the dark, torturing myself with my own imagination, novels that are able to cast a spell despite already seeing the film adaptation, correlations between "The Queen's Gambit" on Netflix and Stephen King's novel "Carrie," going on a grumpy hike, the dangers of consuming outrage, the case for keeping parts of your life private, social media making you feel accountable to everyone you've every met in your life, the overeagerness of strangers to connect on social media, equating cancel culture to The Twilight Zone, no one wanting to hear a white dude with a podcast commenting on the state of culture, and looking forward to reading "Shibumi" by Trevanian. Music by Disasterpeace.

59 min1 w ago
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Episode 61 - Preemptive Apologism

Episode 60 - Never Celebrate Too Soon

EPresident-elect Joe Biden's rocky road to victory, feeling reasonably optimistic about the results before Election Day, the doom and gloom of the initial counts, rising hope as the tide of the results changed, the emotional experience of this election compared to previous years, recalling a history teacher's account of the pattern of past presidencies, Trump's last days in the White House playing out like the final scene from Training Day, the misrepresentation of Rudy Giuliani in the recent Borat film, Biden still being a bit of a corn flake, the poor sportsmanship of Trump's supporters, never celebrating too soon, and a roundup of my recent reading including "Misery," "Fight Club," "Sphere," and "Jurassic Park." Music by Disasterpeace.

67 min2 w ago
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Episode 60 - Never Celebrate Too Soon

Episode 59 - Seventy-Five Percent

EHumbugging Halloween, dudes who can't bring themselves to put on formal wear, hanging with friends for the first time since shelter-in-place, coincidentally reading "Night Shift" by Stephen King around Halloween, recounting reading "Misery" for the first time, King being at his best before the monsters show their face, the allure of the video game "Return of the Obra Dinn," starting to re-read Chuck Palahniuk's "Fight Club," a recent confidence crisis with the podcast, stepping away from the synthesis education software Syntorial at 75% completion, looking forward to having guests on the podcast soon, recent stand up specials that fell short for me, and recounting my time in LA with my comedian friend Aaron Marsh. Music by Disasterpeace.

60 min3 w ago
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Episode 59 - Seventy-Five Percent

Episode 58 - On a Spectrum

EReading "Slaughterhouse Five" three times since the last podcast, not fully understanding books after one reading, a basic synopsis of the novel's plot, the importance of structure and motivic development in great art, one superficial interpretation of the novel, my tendency to do things because I "should" do them, the self-awareness of Chuck Palahniuk, the importance of creative confidence, The New York Times' "Ten Meter Tower," the Japanese film "Onibaba," possible connections to Goosebumps and Marcel Marceau, why protesters tape their mouths, and a swift summary of the film "District 9." Music by Disasterpeace.

68 minOCT 26
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Episode 58 - On a Spectrum

Episode 57 - Betraying the Muse

ESuffering the current heat weave, the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast's second life on Patreon, the spooky synchronicity of the episode with Chuck Palahniuk, how the film adaptation of both author's most famous novels are better than the original, inspiration as a glimpse into the spiritual realm of creative ideas, which ideas work best for a film or a novel, the role of the artist as a spiritual medium, the social obligation of artists to strive for clarity, not betraying the muse, art that improves on the source material, the Great Work being carried out in the world through art, not recognizing yourself as the villain in literature, common themes of the Coen brothers, especially "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men," their upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," the films of Christopher Nolan, and their merits, especially "Dunkirk." Music by Disasterpeace.

63 minOCT 19
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Episode 57 - Betraying the Muse

Episode 56 - Cosmic Rightsizing

EThe President being back in the White House, feeling rejuvenated after shaving my head, wanting permission to trust my gut, not trusting my own judgment due to a lack of confidence, seeing feelings as information, being called "conceited" as a kid, deciding to become my own drill sergeant, stumbling on Adam Carolla on the call-in radio show "Loveline," adopting him as a sort of father figure, guesting on various podcasts associated with The Adam Carolla Show, growing apart from Adam Carolla's worldview as an adult, playing Candy Crush Saga with my girlfriend, the game's addictive qualities by design, and always being surprised by what comes up on the podcast. Music by Disasterpeace.

61 minOCT 12
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Episode 56 - Cosmic Rightsizing

Episode 55 - Prepare to Be Disappointed

EThe President catching COVID, the utter insanity of the current news cycle, navigating some trouble with the truck, rushing to complete an application for school only to have the deadline extended shortly after submitting it, feeling conflicted about all of the accommodations being extended everywhere recently, requesting help instead of solving the problem yourself, people who describe success as "humbling," why people listen to the podcast, considering having guests or not, needing a gimmick, Kevin Nealon's endearing "Hiking with Nealon" video podcast on YouTube, the creative virtues of Kevin Patrick a.k.a. Field Medic, feeling impervious to criticism when you are executing a clear concept, the African sengi as a metaphor for creative confidence, the Netflix series "Love on the Spectrum," desexualizing people with disabilities, and relating deeply to people very different from ourselves. Music by Disasterpeace.

62 minOCT 5
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Episode 55 - Prepare to Be Disappointed

Episode 54 - The Great Unlearning

EThe horror-show hiccups that ended the last episode, reminding listeners about registering for Vote Forward, the impressive range of the lost dog posters for "Ponyo" in my neighborhood, recounting my brief ownership of a lost dog years ago, my girlfriend's need to see family, exploring the concept of compromise in relationships, the relative values of "fairness" and "happiness," therapy as a means of identifying who you live to please, the similarity between families and cults, and struggling to advocate for my own needs in my relationships. Music by Disasterpeace.

63 minSEP 28
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Episode 54 - The Great Unlearning

Episode 53 - Vote Forward

EOminous camping conditions in Mt. Diablo State Park last weekend, getting robbed by raccoons, shying away from the video podcast for now, making sense of my nutty eighth-grade English teacher as an adult, making good on my commitment to the Vote Forward campaign, more thoughts on video game designer Jonathan Blow, using the "tears test" to determine if a creative project is worth your time, mediation, and cutting the podcast off early due to an attack of hiccups. Music by Disasterpeace.

62 minSEP 21
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Episode 53 - Vote Forward

Latest Episodes

Episode 62 - Jury Duty

EThanksgiving plans and protests, watching the movie "12 Angry Men" finally, a protracted account of my time serving on the jury of a sexual assault case many years ago, jury selection, the trial, deliberations, being elected as the foreperson to replace someone who suffered a stroke, botching the verdict, the uncertainty of reasonable doubt and the precariousness of jury trials, an unexpected interruption of emergency sirens, recounting the time my work burned down in 2013, and confronting a client in my last days as a server. Music by Disasterpeace.

63 min4 d ago
Comments
Episode 62 - Jury Duty

Episode 61 - Preemptive Apologism

EStaying up until 7am reading "The Exorcist" to avoid sleeping in the dark, torturing myself with my own imagination, novels that are able to cast a spell despite already seeing the film adaptation, correlations between "The Queen's Gambit" on Netflix and Stephen King's novel "Carrie," going on a grumpy hike, the dangers of consuming outrage, the case for keeping parts of your life private, social media making you feel accountable to everyone you've every met in your life, the overeagerness of strangers to connect on social media, equating cancel culture to The Twilight Zone, no one wanting to hear a white dude with a podcast commenting on the state of culture, and looking forward to reading "Shibumi" by Trevanian. Music by Disasterpeace.

59 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 61 - Preemptive Apologism

Episode 60 - Never Celebrate Too Soon

EPresident-elect Joe Biden's rocky road to victory, feeling reasonably optimistic about the results before Election Day, the doom and gloom of the initial counts, rising hope as the tide of the results changed, the emotional experience of this election compared to previous years, recalling a history teacher's account of the pattern of past presidencies, Trump's last days in the White House playing out like the final scene from Training Day, the misrepresentation of Rudy Giuliani in the recent Borat film, Biden still being a bit of a corn flake, the poor sportsmanship of Trump's supporters, never celebrating too soon, and a roundup of my recent reading including "Misery," "Fight Club," "Sphere," and "Jurassic Park." Music by Disasterpeace.

67 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 60 - Never Celebrate Too Soon

Episode 59 - Seventy-Five Percent

EHumbugging Halloween, dudes who can't bring themselves to put on formal wear, hanging with friends for the first time since shelter-in-place, coincidentally reading "Night Shift" by Stephen King around Halloween, recounting reading "Misery" for the first time, King being at his best before the monsters show their face, the allure of the video game "Return of the Obra Dinn," starting to re-read Chuck Palahniuk's "Fight Club," a recent confidence crisis with the podcast, stepping away from the synthesis education software Syntorial at 75% completion, looking forward to having guests on the podcast soon, recent stand up specials that fell short for me, and recounting my time in LA with my comedian friend Aaron Marsh. Music by Disasterpeace.

60 min3 w ago
Comments
Episode 59 - Seventy-Five Percent

Episode 58 - On a Spectrum

EReading "Slaughterhouse Five" three times since the last podcast, not fully understanding books after one reading, a basic synopsis of the novel's plot, the importance of structure and motivic development in great art, one superficial interpretation of the novel, my tendency to do things because I "should" do them, the self-awareness of Chuck Palahniuk, the importance of creative confidence, The New York Times' "Ten Meter Tower," the Japanese film "Onibaba," possible connections to Goosebumps and Marcel Marceau, why protesters tape their mouths, and a swift summary of the film "District 9." Music by Disasterpeace.

68 minOCT 26
Comments
Episode 58 - On a Spectrum

Episode 57 - Betraying the Muse

ESuffering the current heat weave, the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast's second life on Patreon, the spooky synchronicity of the episode with Chuck Palahniuk, how the film adaptation of both author's most famous novels are better than the original, inspiration as a glimpse into the spiritual realm of creative ideas, which ideas work best for a film or a novel, the role of the artist as a spiritual medium, the social obligation of artists to strive for clarity, not betraying the muse, art that improves on the source material, the Great Work being carried out in the world through art, not recognizing yourself as the villain in literature, common themes of the Coen brothers, especially "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men," their upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," the films of Christopher Nolan, and their merits, especially "Dunkirk." Music by Disasterpeace.

63 minOCT 19
Comments
Episode 57 - Betraying the Muse

Episode 56 - Cosmic Rightsizing

EThe President being back in the White House, feeling rejuvenated after shaving my head, wanting permission to trust my gut, not trusting my own judgment due to a lack of confidence, seeing feelings as information, being called "conceited" as a kid, deciding to become my own drill sergeant, stumbling on Adam Carolla on the call-in radio show "Loveline," adopting him as a sort of father figure, guesting on various podcasts associated with The Adam Carolla Show, growing apart from Adam Carolla's worldview as an adult, playing Candy Crush Saga with my girlfriend, the game's addictive qualities by design, and always being surprised by what comes up on the podcast. Music by Disasterpeace.

61 minOCT 12
Comments
Episode 56 - Cosmic Rightsizing

Episode 55 - Prepare to Be Disappointed

EThe President catching COVID, the utter insanity of the current news cycle, navigating some trouble with the truck, rushing to complete an application for school only to have the deadline extended shortly after submitting it, feeling conflicted about all of the accommodations being extended everywhere recently, requesting help instead of solving the problem yourself, people who describe success as "humbling," why people listen to the podcast, considering having guests or not, needing a gimmick, Kevin Nealon's endearing "Hiking with Nealon" video podcast on YouTube, the creative virtues of Kevin Patrick a.k.a. Field Medic, feeling impervious to criticism when you are executing a clear concept, the African sengi as a metaphor for creative confidence, the Netflix series "Love on the Spectrum," desexualizing people with disabilities, and relating deeply to people very different from ourselves. Music by Disasterpeace.

62 minOCT 5
Comments
Episode 55 - Prepare to Be Disappointed

Episode 54 - The Great Unlearning

EThe horror-show hiccups that ended the last episode, reminding listeners about registering for Vote Forward, the impressive range of the lost dog posters for "Ponyo" in my neighborhood, recounting my brief ownership of a lost dog years ago, my girlfriend's need to see family, exploring the concept of compromise in relationships, the relative values of "fairness" and "happiness," therapy as a means of identifying who you live to please, the similarity between families and cults, and struggling to advocate for my own needs in my relationships. Music by Disasterpeace.

63 minSEP 28
Comments
Episode 54 - The Great Unlearning

Episode 53 - Vote Forward

EOminous camping conditions in Mt. Diablo State Park last weekend, getting robbed by raccoons, shying away from the video podcast for now, making sense of my nutty eighth-grade English teacher as an adult, making good on my commitment to the Vote Forward campaign, more thoughts on video game designer Jonathan Blow, using the "tears test" to determine if a creative project is worth your time, mediation, and cutting the podcast off early due to an attack of hiccups. Music by Disasterpeace.

62 minSEP 21
Comments
Episode 53 - Vote Forward
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