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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.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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!

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All, I hope everyone enjoyed the meetup last night. Here are some photographs from the meeting. The lighting was a challenge, but I think the spirit of the evening was captured. I can send along the full resolution images to anyone who wants them. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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!

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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…

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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!

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Middlebrow#1

 

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). More

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The first time I heard the podcast ad for the National Review 2016 post-election cruise, Jack Fowler quipped “You might even see Lileks in a speedo.” NOOOOOO!!! More

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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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I just got word that our own James Lileks will be speaking at The Conservative Forum, next Tuesday, January 12. More

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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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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.

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41HW16e6UrLLast year, my good friend Will Patrick, here in Tallahassee, Florida, introduced me to the Ricochet podcasts. The first episode that caught my attention was one dedicated to President Reagan’s first meeting with Gorbachev at Reykjavik. It was fascinating.

For more than 10 years, I have been involved in the conservative/liberty movement through my current work at The James Madison Institute (JMI) in Florida, and previously with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). Between what I read and the many speakers I get to meet and hear from in person and at conferences, I felt like I had a great grasp on all the top scholars and thinkers in the movement. However, the Ricochet podcast has served to introduce me to so many more, including people like Avik Roy and Charles C.W. Cooke. During my many travels visiting JMI’s supporters around the state of Florida, I listen to the podcast almost religiously and find it quite entertaining and thoughtful. [Editor’s Note: Want to become a member of Ricochet and get a free month on us? Join today and use the coupon code APRIL for your discount.]

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After hearing James Lileks complain about how cold it was in Minnesota during the latest Ricochet podcast, I decided it was time to lure him from the frozen northlands and tempt him to move to a more temperate climate. Then he wouldn’t freeze and let his segues get obliterated as they were on the latest podcast . . . Here […]

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Congratulations on your commendable insight on building a fortress that is absolutely zombie-proof. Your family and dearest friends are safe. And you have room to save a few select others… five people to be exact. 1) You may save one politician (I know, a lot of you would rather let them rot, but go with […]

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How does one pronounce “coupon”? Is it “QUEUE-pawn” or “COO-puhn”? More

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Hartmann von Aue will host a meetup at the Salt Lick in Round Rock, TX on May 3, just prior to some exciting Minor League baseball, and also on May 3, Felicia B and I will co-host in Santa Ana, CA where you can chat with the irrepressible ROMAN GENN, cartoonist and illustrator for National […]

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