We picked the brain of one of our favorite podcasters: The Memory Palace’s Nate DiMeo. Nate talks about bringing history to life, writing for Parks and Recreation and what we can learn from pop music. Oh, and SPACE. Plus a potentially shocking Simpsons-related nerd confession.
One of the privileges of making radio is that we have a professional excuse to talk with strangers. It’s like an EZ Pass to intimacy.
New episode! A summer reading list from Edan Lepucki, breakout author of the novel California. Then the hosts of On the Media’s TLDR podcast stop by to chat about everything from explaining Reddit to old people to why Chipotle is a cruel mistress. Thanks for listening and sharing!
I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
When you are 13 years old,
the heat will be turned up too high
and the stars will not be in your favor.
You will hide behind a bookcase
Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Short Stories
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.