Tag: James Lileks

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Welcome to the premiere of our member’s exclusive video podcast “Six Dumb Questions with Rob Long.” We kick things off with our old friend Jay Bhattacharya, MD who takes a grilling from one of the true heroes of the pandemic, along with his “sidekicks” from the Ricochet Podcast. We’ll help challenge the way you think […]

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“What % do you think of the Georgia electorate or maybe the American electorate is delusionally clinging to this set of even more ludicrous and outlandish conspiracy theories to protect their very fragile snowflake-like affection for a president who lost a fair election?”–Ricochet co-founder, Rob Long, Ricochet podcast, Episode 523 (~20-minute mark). Thanks, neighbor.  NY […]

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“When someone as interesting and entertaining as James Lileks starts talking,” as Dave Carter said, “it’s really best to just hush up and listen.” Which is precisely what the host did this week, as he invited Star Tribune columnist, author, and Ricochet’s own James Lileks onto the program to talk about everything from Coronavirus, to writing, along with side trips to 1970s fashion trends and 1950s commercial air travel, and – as the Ricochet Podcast closes in on its 500th episode – what it is that keeps James coming back for more podcasts with Peter Robinson and Rob Long.

Then Dave talks with longtime Ricochet Member George Daelemans (a.k.a. GLDIII), about his work as an aerospace engineer, restorer of cars, and veteran of a great many Ricochet meet ups. There is also a rather interesting connection between Dave, George, and his wife, but you’ll have to listen in to learn that one.  There are lots of laughs and a veritable treasure of fascinating information to be had on this episode, so make yourself comfortable and enjoy the services.

Warning: Don’t Read ‘Athwart’ While Eating!

 

I usually read while I eat.  At breakfast, it’s the morning newspaper from the day before.  At lunch, it’s any magazine on the kitchen table.  A few minutes ago, I was getting caught up on the National Review.  I was reading @jameslileks’ “Death of Venice” from his column “Athwart.”  I was chuckling as I read along, until I came to his father’s description of the Navy shower.

My hand clamped over my mouth just in time, because I simulatenously screamed in laughter while trying to spray out a partially-masticated bite of hot dog.  I dare you to see if you can hold food in while reading it (here’s the link).

ACF Middlebrow #16: Jack Ryan

 

This week, James Lileks and I give you a mini-episode on Jack Ryan, then (The Hunt for Red October) and now (the Amazon series), Cold War and War on Terror, Boomers and Millennials, Soviets and the absent Chinese today, silly shadowy corporate conspiracies and stories of heroism in the national security bureaucracies, the redoubtable Tom Clancy and the rather wishy-washier Amazon, as well as a hilarious fantasy ending that involves a Jeff Bezos-Mark Zuckerberg war. So a Middlebrow conversation with all the fun and insight! Listen, enjoy, share!

ACF Middlebrow #7: Spielberg

 

The Middlebrow series of the ACF is back! James Lileks and I talk about Steven Spielberg, who’s bringing out a new movie which looks to be a big hit: Ready Player One. We’re qualifiedly in favor of one last burst of that old black magic Spielberg has treated us since the mid-70s! We talk Jaws and Close Encounters, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. (Second half of his career in a future podcast.) We talk about the return of fascination and childish wonder to the American audience, as well as the darkness in his movies; the bias in favor of children, especially endangered children, as well as the manly love of danger and disregard for civilization. Listen, comment, share, and review our podcast, folks!

ACF Middlebrow#4 Star Wars!

 

James Lileks and I talk Star Wars. He’s from the generation that saw it in theaters; I’m from the generation that puzzled over why The Phantom Menace was a big deal either way. We talk about how America turned that one story into a national myth, changed Hollywood, and, 40 years later, a new generation is as bewitched as the old was. We talk about the new tack of the films — dark stories and diverse casts — and the future we’re inhabiting already: Gaming, online streaming and, inevitably, VR. A tech revolution is going to take over the story. Also, George Lucas comes in for remarks…

ACF Middlebrow #3

 

This week’s podcast starts with me asking James what movies he’d like to be defined by — what he loves, what he admires, what he wants the kids to see, and how the movies affected him growing up. It’s Casablanca, Star Trek, Aliens, and Radio Days — and it’s a fun conversation. Join us, enjoy, and please share!

ACF Middlebrow#2 Christmas!

 

James Lileks and I are back with another set of middlebrow ruminations — this time, it’s Christmas movies, from post-war comedies like Christmas in Connecticut and varieties of A Christmas Carol to Arthur Christmas. Take a guess which is the Christmas tradition at the Lileks home.

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James Lileks and I bring you a Thanksgiving surprise, the browsing rant and ranting browsing through middlebrow & midcentury America. We’ve got lots to offer:

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Well, it seems I may have indirectly instigated a blog war. Allow me to explain. About two weeks ago, in response to a comment asking about where one might read a thoughtful example of pro-Trump political commentary, I suggested a blog known as the Journal of American Greatness (or JAG, for short). Preview Open

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Our own James Lileks visited Silicon Valley last month and gave a talk before a substantial crowd at The Conservative Forum. And you can see the talk here. But just before, he sat down for an interview on Chris Pareja’s local cable access show The Right Side, and that was just made available on YouTube. Please enjoy! […]

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NO SPOILERS I was walking my dog earlier today and listening to “The Ricochet Podcast, Ep. 286: No Spoilers.” When my nine year old son went with friends from school to see the latest Star Wars two days before my wife and I were able to, we were properly armed against any accidental plot point […]

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Lileks, Long, and Goldberg — Live in D.C.

 

shutterstock_111340814Longtime readers may remember that James Lileks, Rob Long, and Jonah Goldberg were among the group that assembled in Washington last fall to discuss their contributions to the (hilarious) book The Seven Deadly Virtues at the American Enterprise Institute. 

Well, they’re doing it again! At 6 PM on Monday, May 11, James, Rob, and Jonah will join Tucker Carlson, Steve Hayes, Jonathan Last, and P.J. O’Rourke at AEI to discuss their pieces in the follow-up volume, The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love. It’s a witty and smart collection of observations on fatherhood, delivered just in time for Father’s Day. For more information on the event, visit here. We hope you’ll join us in D.C.