Welcome to the first of a new thing where I share about stuff/people/things I like.
Up first I want to introduce y’all to Mick Betancourt and his Podcast.
I first came upon Mick Betancourt on a podcast with Jerry Stahl and Laura House hosting the David Feldman show.
Sooooo uh, first of all, he is really fucking funny. Now I haven’t talked about comedy a lot, but I’m pretty not into a lot of comics for various reasons, so hearing one I thought was funny was pretty great.
So that was my first exposure which of course led me to his podcast and holy shitballs.
This is my people. I love his podcast because even when it is a first conversation there is something about the way he talks to people that cuts through a lot of interviewy bullshit.
A thing I really enjoy is when I find people who know the struggle. I’m sure some of you have figured this out. It doesn’t matter what the struggle is, in particular, what’s important to me is how people talk about it. How people talk about their fucked up lives and backgrounds. How people talk about their triumphs and fails.
I like how Mick B. Talks about his life. I find it really intellectually and emotionally attractive when people can laugh about those deeply fucked up moments in life and laugh more when things are fucked up but great.
Now the podcast.
One of the things I love about the podcast is that he’s not afraid to share some love about stuff/things/whatever he likes. I dig that. From the big upping local businesses to the projects and things guests are doing. I appreciate that.
My favorite episodes are most of them. Some of the people I wasn’t familiar with before and finding them this way feels pretty fancy.
I also love how he talks about The Hustle. The Hustle is whatever you’re doing, y’all know that I talk about my own Hustles a lot here and it just delights me to see how other people talk about theirs.
I quite honestly just find his show delightful whether it is so funny, I’m cackling on the bus like a loon or when it is serious.
Go listen to some episodes. I can suggest the Joey Diaz episodes (they are really fucking great, listening to those two talk was like having lunch with your bad ass uncles), The Anonymous Smuggler episode from last year was fantastic. Super funny, especially if you know any of the history of the time. And the most recent three episodes.
I just realized I should have added links to the above paragraph but I’m still operating on way too little sleep and my fuckin’ brain is just no.
Next week, another try at historical flash fiction from me. I answer some questions I got from another writer about the whole Patreon thing.
AND I will probably talk some about the Lovecraft inspired fiction I’ve been writing and revisiting his work and how it is making me feel.
Short answer is conflicted as fuck.