Show #116: Monkey Soup and the Perfect Photobomb

Perfect PhotobombThe hundy-teensixy episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: we recap our Comic-Con/w00tstock 3.0 experience, including being (temporarily) killed, and being closer than ever to Joss Whedon; sleepaway camp, and the distasteful craft of macrame; we recommend several things—The Pixar Touch, The Star Wars Craft Book, They Might Be Giants’ “Join Us“, and webcomic Bearmageddon; a discussion of the elements that go into the Perfect Photobomb; and things we “missed out on,” which leads to the revelation that neither of us have read any Salinger.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Please respond to the poll below as to whether or not we should read The Catcher in the Rye.

Show #116: Monkey Soup and the Perfect Photobomb



  1. Posted August 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I once took a beautiful picture of a friend standing at the entrance to Central Park. Just as I snapped the picture, some jerk threw a soft pretzel right into the frame. Who does that? Throwing pretzels around all willy-nilly.

    Thanks for ruining my cherished memory, loser.

  2. Hank Shiffman
    Posted August 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    In the last couple of years I decided to fill in some of the gaps in my literary education. Read Huck Finn, which was amazing. Tried to read Catcher in the Rye. I got about halfway, put it down, and forgot where I put it. Hated most every moment. It’s a shame Wil Wheaton wasn’t born sooner; Holden Caulfield should have had Wil’s famous edict tattooed on his body, preferably with a nail gun. What a dick.

  3. Zac
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I read “Catcher in the Rye” when it was assigned in high school, and I hated it then. I voted No.

  4. Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye, so I voted No. If nothing about it makes you think it’s a book worth reading, then why bother? Go out and read all the other books that you *are* interested in.

    Also, was it me, or was there no update on the Minions this week?

  5. Steve
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Catcher in the Rye is HORRIBLE! A spoiled kid whines for three hundred pages. Everyone knows its bad but they enjoy watching other people suffer.

  6. Robin (the Mini-Minion)
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I ended up reading Catcher in the Rye on my own because our school system’s curriculum somehow ended up making us read A Separate Peace every other year instead. I’m not sure I was entirely equipped to appreciate it at 13 (I think, maybe 14), but I don’t recall having strong feelings about it either way.

    Real melted ice cream = good-enough milkshake. Mmm, milkshake.

  7. Posted August 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    You should read about 7 pages and only keep reading if grabs you. That’s how you should approach all literature. I know this because I’m a librarian. But never mind that — when are you guys coming back to Ardmore, PA?

  8. Ron
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I found Catcher to be a horrible book. It´s probably meant to be a “ah heck, life ain’t that bad after all” kind of book for young runaways, but I honestly don’t have the slightest bit of sympathy for the whiny little brat…

  9. ethan
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    CITR is no LOTR, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading. I think the book starts out slow, but ends up being one helluva slow-burn, must-read kinda book. I say “yeah.”

  10. Forrest Winstead
    Posted August 20, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    not really. you should re-read fuzzy nation again. just got my copy yesterday!

  11. carriep
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Closer than ever to Joss. Awesome. Miss my Internet-surfing days, I do.

  12. Posted September 1, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    I’m listening to this now. Maybe this is against the principles of a ‘watch’, but: stop being starstruck and invite Joss Whedon on the cruise/to a w00tstock already. :p I recently watched the Q&A session on the second disc of the special edition of Serenity, and he seems nice enough to respond politely when two awesome people offer to pay him to be ON A BOAT (or at a w00tstock) with the guy who beat him in the Secretary of Geek Affairs vote. Just pretend he’s some kind of human.

    I’m not asking this for myself; I only just watched Firefly and it hasn’t really hit me yet.

  13. Joe Metzger
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    I really LOVED Catcher in the Rye, I think you’ll find the main character interesting and funny, you might even go, “hey, I knew a guy like that,” and the memories will come flooding back like ethane clouds on Titan (obscure enough for ya?). Take care, Paul and Storm, and keep being teh AWESOME!

  14. Posted September 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I had to read Catcher in the Rye when I WAS a sullen teen. I thought it was awful and I was someone who LIKED reading. Take a pass and read Mistborn, Game of Thrones or something.

  15. Patrick
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Outside the United States, Catcher in the Rye isn’t really considered a classic. I’d say read something else.

  16. Joe
    Posted September 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Paul and Storm,

    Have you seen Theo Jansen’s “Strandbeests”?

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