Saturday, February 19, 2011

GPP 035: Talking with Sean, Part Two

This is the second half of my interview with Sean Hurley.

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Show Notes

I make reference to Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series.

The attack of the weed men is part of Hodgson's novel The Boats of the Glen Carrig, taken from my now somewhat neglected Hodgecast podcast.

Friday, February 18, 2011

GPP 034: Talking with Sean, Part One

Sean Hurley is a storyteller, a producer for New Hampshire Public Radio, a songwriter whose material has appeared on the Ron and Fez show, the creator of Sherwin Sleeves, the Atoms, Motion, and the Void stories, and the incomplete young adult story The Rule Book and Calendar of Kittery Embers. He's created a remarkable body of work in only a few years, and even turned his work into a one-man play. If you don't know who he is already, or who Sherwin Sleeves is -- you will!

Sean kindly gave me almost two hours of his time on Skype for a loose, unedited chat about his work and his process, how his stories developed from a character, and finding the permission and the fearlessness to do creative work and put it out into the world. Think of it as inspiration.

I'm sorry that Part One ends rather abruptly -- the conversation was pretty free-flowing, and I was not really able to find a good breaking point, so I just had to pick one and break the chat into two parts. I felt that it was just too long to present as one piece.

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Show Notes

Sean uses a Rode Microphone

I'm using an Oktava MK-219

Information about the mod I'm contemplating can be found here

You can listen to the emergence of Sean Hurley's alter-ego, Sherwin Sleeves, here.

Here's a recent piece he did for New Hampshire Public Radio.

You can find his work on Atoms, Motion and the Void here (personally I think you might enjoy starting with this episode), and Sean has suggested starting with this one. To keep up with his ongoing Atoms, Motion and the Void story, consider becoming a Stalwart.

Meatball Fulton

The Fourth Tower of Inverness

Moon Over Morocco

The ZBS Foundation productions are not available free online but can be found here. Some of the works on CD can be found on Amazon.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

GPP 033: An Odyssey Through the Grocery Store

This one has taken me a while to bring to you. There was a previous version, which was too rambling, and which I gave up editing. This is another grocery shopping trip Grace and I recorded just before Thanksgiving. What could be more exciting than listening to other people go grocery shopping? I know, I know!

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GPP 032: Bunny Beans, Boddhisattvas, and Tall Dwarfs

In which Grace and I chat about the Groundhog Day Blizzard, the week in viruses, the state of our life in Saginaw, our son Sam, and whether she and Joshua might secretly be very tall dwarfs.

Bunny Beans!

We neglect to mention it in the audio, but Sam eventually received a formal diagnosis of mild autism. Grace's angry e-mails to various persons in authority in Ann Arbor have gone unanswered.

I suppose that language may not be considered fully politically correct by persons of short stature. I can only say in my defense that if Joshua does turn out to be a little person, we will continue to cherish and love him every day as we send him deep into the earth to mine mithril, and nervously hope that he doesn't delve too deep and awaken a Balrog.

The Indian restaurant whose name we struggled to remember is the "Kabob N Curry House" on Bay Road in Saginaw. Their food is excellent and seems to be made mostly in-house, the staff is extremely polite and friendly, and while it is not a low-cost restaurant, the value for money is very high. Their dining room hours are limited so call ahead (they don't serve lunch on Saturday, as we found). Try their mango lassi while you are waiting for your appetizers!

The P√Ętisserie, the bakery we mentioned with the incredible cakes and pastries and the utterly indifferent coffee and tea, can be found online here.

The interstitial music consists of some fragments of the song "Crush" by the Tall Dwarfs, for obvious reasons.

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GPP 031: Lost in Thought, Part Four

The tiring denoument to an action-packed day.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

GPP 030: Lost in Thought, Part Three

In part three of my ramble: why Sarah Palin's 15 minutes of fame are up; how the media is by no means leftist; how arming everyone won't stop a Tucson-like massacre; should I buy a Glock? Then, a rant about the moral problems of cliched, triumphalist crowing about keeping a handgun for self-defense.

This is the article I was referring to:

I mis-remembered some details, which is not surprising when I do a discussion like this without notes. However, if this is the same Bessie Jones, it is interesting to note that she was apparently very upset about shooting the robber. She is quoted as saying "I didn't want to kill him. I just wanted him to leave, but he wouldn't go." She had no indication that his intent was anything other than robbery; in other words, she used the gun to defend her possessions at the expense of the robber's wife. And per the article, she was having some difficulty with the moral implications of that trade.

The other case I was able to find referenced in The New York Times. The gun that was used to rob the man who killed the two young men with his unlicensed handgun? It was a pellet gun. He presumably did not know and under the circumstances could not have known the gun that had been put to his head was entirely non-lethal, and in my view was entirely right to believe that his life was endangered. But it puts an interesting spin on the confrontation that cost the two younger men their lives. The "hero" was technically the one committing a real gun crime, and in reality the only thing at stake was the wallet -- a thing certainly not worth anyone's life.

Google tells me that both the above high-profile cases are mentioned in a book, on this page:'s%20guns%20and%20the%20second%20amendment%20book&pg=PA6#v=onepage&q&f=false

Some information with a different bias, one that matches my personal values a little more closely, can be found here:

DID YOU KNOW? A gun in the home is more likely to be used in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.

Every time a gun injures or kills in self-defense, it is used:

11 times for completed and attempted suicides (Kellermann, 1998, p. 263).
7 times in criminal assaults and homicides, and
4 times in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries.
Today's episode itself:

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