94. Magnus Walker & Hannah Elliott: Mille Miglia and Sheffield Facts
89. We Were Hacked by Jamie Loftus
The Lads were graciously invited in to the home of previous guest, Hannah Elliott, and her main man, Magnus Walker (what a name that, eh? goes well with the beard).
Magnus and Hannah are effortlessly cool in a way you can only be if you are as kind and generous as they are and we here at Fire Escape Industries hope that you are left feeling like you too sat out on the criss-cross ladders of the escape with all five of us.
We talk about a four day race throughout the Italian countryside, as well as get into the finer details of our accents, or lack there of with regards to the PNW raised Elliott.
There are laughs. There are stories. There are Hot Wheels.
Summertime and the Livin' is Easy
Jamie Loftus joins Peter and Colter over the phone and only eight minutes in to our talk about MENSA we are hacked and the line cuts off abruptly. They don't slow us down, however, as we had set up a backchannel communication with Loftus all along. Join us as we get to know writer, comedian and podcast host, Jamie Loftus, a little bit better. Topics range from the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe, Neil Gaiman's benevolent scale-tipping and the history of ice resurfacers.
87. Adventure is Out There
Welp, it would seem summer has landed in NYC, and I can say with confidence we are ALL ready for it. After winter finally finishes its month long death rattle and spits the last of its tired-ass cold breath, that perfect few weeks of hot sun and dry air pulls all the hidden city dwellers out into the light.
86. Hywel John Returns to Birmingham
We sit down and talk about the nature of getting lost and the merits of the Toyota Avalon. Hywel returns to us from his Jaunt through Birmingham, LA and Nashville, TN. Peter previews some future stories about his trip out to Moab, UT. Colter longs to take to the sea!
85. And Now Our Watch Has Ended
Hywel is cheekily checking in from Birmingham where he has had quite an eventful first few days.
Better Than This
This week in the Fire Escape Holdfast, the lads are joined by Lord Director Ser Mercutio Tortoraunchy to tell y’all about how hard storytelling is, mention LOST too many times and recap one of our favorite series ever. Beware Game of Thrones spoilers.
Being honest about the struggle of these two realities in the current political landscape makes my heart beat increase a bit. It’s scary to stop in the middle of this quickly moving stream to take a beat and try to figure out my surroundings and at times even question them, but I think it’s necessary.
On Daenerys Stormborn and Art Criticism at the Speed of Light
We summon Pete with an ancient incantation penned by Myrddin (or Merlin for non-Welsh brethren)
We talk theatrical hijinks.
We talk Alabama.
The Fire Escape Flashback Friday Series: John Paul White
On Sunday night, May the 12th, twitter was alight with takes as hot as the fire pouring forth from Drogon’s maw. While I do think there are some valid criticisms of the pacing of the show this season, and the show-runners’ arbitrary choice of limiting their remaining time, I also am not so sure we should collectively decide the quality of a work by midnight after it airs and in a group project setting.
83. Teresa Lee and the Return of Hywel
We had such a good chat with John that we ran over time in his soundcheck at the Bowery, so we had to do a part two over the phone. John has achieved just about everything a songwriter and musician could, but his charm and wit set him apart from the rest, as does his love of Sun Drop Soda.
What Avengers Endgame Can Teach Us About Worthiness
We met Teresa downtown to catch her after her last screenings of "I Think She Likes You", a short film she co-wrote and stars in, but unfortunately for all involved every location we picked kept getting shut down after a few minutes so our chat with her only ended up lasting about 16 minutes (They are sixteen solid minutes though).
The Fire Escape Flashback Friday Series: Priyanka Aribindi
Endgame hit me at a strange time. I knew who the characters were. I knew why I should care about them, but I didn’t have over a decade invested into these heroes like so many other viewers did. I think because of this and the excellent writing team, I couldn’t help but see the story through the lens of the struggles in my life as a creative.
82. Thrones so Dark
Past guest, Priyanka Aribindi, is frustratingly young and successful. Remember that name folks because she is an absolute badass and total star. A lot of you might recognize her name based off of her “What a Day” newsletter for Crooked Media or her frequent cameos on various Crooked shows.
Three Arguments to Not Delete Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Out on the fire escape Colter and Pete are rejoined by Hywel hailing from all places Des Moines. Hywel is introduced to our new game, but then the tables are turned on the other lads and hilarity ensues. Who will win the Blazer Bucks? Hard to say. The cinematographer for Game of Thrones episode The Long Night has us wondering what other artists could blame their patrons for bad equipment calibration.
Things That Make Us Feel At Home: Downtown NYC
I read Jaron Lanier’s book (see below) A few weeks ago, and I think it has some very salient points. However, I will rebut some of it here in the following arguments.
81. Zac Taylor, Van Bellman
Lower Manhattan is one of the more interesting city subsections I’ve ever seen. In an area that would fit inside almost every other American city, you have Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Alphabet City, SoHo, Little Italy, The Bowery, Battery Park, Two Bridges, Tribeca, South Seaport… I think you get the point. A quick walk down Houston, Bleeker or Canal from river to river will show you massive swings in neighborhood styles. These are the spots you should stop by while you are exploring.
Easter Brunch in the Big City
Colter and Pete are joined by Van Bellman front man and American Authors guitarist, Zac Taylor, to chat music, play games and drop names.
Home on the West Coast
I woke up this morning after Easter feeling an immense sense of gratitude, something I wish I would make myself realize more often. I sat down on the couch to write, listening to my friends Lowland Hum play on my stereo and simply felt grateful to have the community I have. My wife and I have spent the last fifteen years cultivating an insane and unfortunately rare group of friends who are all talented, loving, and supportive people. Six of those years have been dedicated to building that community in NYC. Our Easter lunch for a few friends turned into nearly twenty people on our roof eating and drinking till late in the evening.
This past week i wrapped up my semi-annual trip to California (read Schwarzenegger pronunciation), and I have done some thinking about the things that make me most comfortable in that strange western land.