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Hi, Mom

There are some great partnerships in creative life, and sometimes a great one gives way to a greater one. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were an unstoppable combo platter in the world of musical entertainment that would never be topped — until Rodgers partnered with Oscar Hammerstein II re-invented entertainment in their first collaboration and kept surpassing themselves for almost twenty years.

What I’m trying to say is, just as Rodgers & Hart led to Rodgers & Hammerstein, Straub & Malki ! have inevitably given way to Straub & Malki, the latter being David Malki !‘s mom, who filled in for her absent son on episode 47 of Tweet Me Harder and demonstrated a fundamental truth about parents: they shape who we are by teaching us what we know, but they don’t necessarily teach us everything they know. In this case, Mrs Malki knows about the Dewey Decimal System, ninjas, cats, ninja cats, and stinging insects. Maybe if she’s not available for some future podblast, Kris can have David back as a sub.

  • Out today: How I Made It To Eighteen. My thoughts on the book are here. My question to you: Do you have a better use for seventeen bucks? Food, rent, stuff like that, you get a pass. Otherwise, this is your next purchase.
  • Or maybe The Blood Cloud should be your next purchase, featuring KC Green’s own brand of special thoughts and guest strippers galore. Pre-orders up now.
  • He was talking about making radio, but Ira Glass’s thoughts on wrongness are worthy of your consideration:

    Totally. One of the reasons I was interested in doing this interview is because I feel like being wrong is really important to doing decent work. To do any kind of creative work well, you have to run at stuff knowing that it’s usually going to fail. You have to take that into account and you have to make peace with it. We spend a lot of money and time on stuff that goes nowhere. It’s not unusual for us to go through 25 or 30 ideas and then go into production on eight or 10 and then kill everything but three or four. In my experience, most stuff that you start is mediocre for a really long time before it actually gets good. And you can’t tell if it’s going to be good until you’re really late in the process. So the only thing you can do is have faith that if you do enough stuff, something will turn out great and really surprise you.

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