Archive for the ‘Popular Culture’ Category

Question No. 24: “What are you dressing up as this year?”

October 29, 2009

Ira Question Written by Nathan Mattise

In spirit of this weekend’s holiday, there’s something I’ve been wanting to ask virtually any celebrity. It might be even more pertinent to Ira Glass however.

As someone who has acknowledged a lack of interest in the spotlight, it has to be weird for Ira Glass to see his likeness everywhere. His notoriety isn’t even built on his image, but it’s not as if people are recording his voice for answering machines or home video voice overs. He appears on things as random as Whiskey Bar signs and has folks aspire to be him on Halloween.

Trick-or-Treat Ira…

What  is your reaction when you see people wanting to recreate your image? Are you flattered? Is it surreal? Does it make you self-conscious? (All this especially given… your medium of choice is imageless).

Links: Flickr | Hulu

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Question No.19: “Did you ever ask that guy?”

October 21, 2009

Ira Question Written by Nathan Mattise

If I was ever offered the opportunity to appear/read/write/hold a microphone for a This American Life story, I’d drop everything and start driving to Chicago.

I’m an aspiring journalist with a super high love for the work of Ira Glass and Co. however.  I know they’ve been turned down on offers to contribute before (I’m looking at you, Ed Norton. Johnny Depp said yes).

After salivating over the thought of Malcolm Gladwell and Ira interacted on something, it got me thinking about a lot of my other favorite writers. They’re all incredible storytellers who find unique angles and utilize a great literary voice for storytelling  (Bourdain, Klosterman, Eggers… I mean Amazon probably recommends them if you like TAL regular Sedaris).

So, have you asked yet…

Do you ever entertain the idea of having some recognizeable storytellers contribute to This American Life? Have you been turned down by some of these folks or do you simply never consider it because you worry about the story losing some of its focus to the teller him/herself?

Links: Wikipedia | TampaBay.com

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Question No. 15: “Let me ask…”

October 14, 2009

Ira Question | Written by Nathan Mattise

Isn’t that weird?

I thought the same thing when I watched Ted Koppel on stage a week or so ago. When you’re a notable host/journalist/storyteller, so much of your life is devoted towards asking the questions and discussing others (what they think, what they did, who they are, etc.).  Having the tables turned on you just seems so incredibly unnatural, yet with any big TAL initiative Ira Glass gets thrown on the media tour.

So, Ira, first question…

How does it feel to be interviewed when so much of your life is devoted towards telling the stories of others?

Links: Colbert Nation | The NewsHouse

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Question No. 3: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go…”

September 23, 2009

Ira Question | Written by Nathan Mattise

I refuse to believe I’m the only twentysomething who wants to go see “Where The Wild Things Are” in mid-October.  It’s got David Eggers writing in furry books about it and a soundtrack composed by indie royalty, Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs.

Secretly, I think the real reason I want to see it is because I vividly remember reading the book with my grandparents as a kid. I’m not sure what exactly I found so fascinating about it or if anything from the text in particular inspired who I am today.  Children’s lit seems to get a surprisingly high amount of credit for molding successful lives down the road (ask this year’s collegiate first-year class, how many graduation speeches quoted Dr. Seuss).

If Ira can recall the days of sitting on Grandma or Grandpa Glass’s lap…

What stories do you remember from when you were a child and do you think you incorporate any elements of children’s lit into your work today?

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