Whilst preparing this podcast for your tympanic membranes, I’ve found myself again and again drawn to YouTube in order to get an eyeful of pants. And because these pants are American, I of course mean trousers. You might know them as harem pants, aladdin pants, balloon pants, drop crotch pants, pantaloons (pluderhosen and pumphosen for all the yodellers in the house). But on the whole, even if not designating the item a tag, a tranche of X-Genners and perhaps even a small sliver of Y-Genner, might hang these swooshy bits of fabric in their lexicon under Hammer Pants. I’m not really watching this video for the pants. Although the pants do add to the experience of goofy cheer that blitzes my eyeballs and earholes whenever Can’t Touch This starts playing, what I’m really wanting I suppose is a kind of feeling, a sense of floating, swirling, all-rightness. I also think it’s because at some level, an unconscious part of my “brainbox” (your first Shuklerism of the day) needs me to appreciate that this is what Nikesh and Dave are all about too. Can you hear we were having fun recording this? If this is the kind of fun you dig (and who doesn’t dig this kind of fun, especially on a Friday) there’s more, more and even more of it over at Nikesh’s own Subaltern Podcast. And if you like your Shuklerisms served up fresh and cinamony (I do), I would also wholeheartedly recommend you follow him on Twitter where he’s banging out this stuff 24/7 FOR FREE. Slave labour I call it. He calls them tweets.
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"The title says it all. Read Me Something You Love invites literary lovers to select a piece of writing which excites them. Steve Wasserman, then trundles around to your home with his mobile recording studio in an attempt to translate the pleasure of the reading aloud experience to a wider audience.
“One of the joys of doing this is being open to the experience of how other people’s enthusiasms will wing their way into your life and get you all gee’d up about stories or poems you might never have glanced at twice,” says Wasserman.
Anyone can take part, just email your suggestions to Steve. The only real requirement is that your selection has proved spine-tingling to you in some way. Readings are limited to 20-25 minutes, so a short story, a well-chosen extract or a poem are perfect.
Time to start practicing in the mirror methinks."
"I don’t know about you, but seeing someone read a book on the Tube often gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that this potentially wasted part of the day is enriched by a good book. The rarity of book lovers gracing the seats of the Underground these days makes me feel both sad and like I’m in a secret club that is only acknowledged by a sideways glance at the books of fellow commuters.
So on discovering the Human Reading Being blog, part of the Read Me Something You Love project, I was terrified that I’d spot a terrible picture of myself reading something embarrassing and then overjoyed that this humble daily habit is being celebrated.
Read Me Something You Love involves Steve Wasserman asking authors and non-authors alike, to read a piece of literature they love before leading a discussion on the piece. If you love submerging yourself in the imagination of others, come and celebrate this dying pastime."
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