Terrible Writing is a podcast where I read really bad stuff I wrote a long time ago, try to remember what the hell I was thinking, and give tips to help other writers make their work a little less sucky.
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EP 8: Listen in cringey horror as this Blond(e) recounts the time she posted a literary analysis of Frank Ocean lyrics to the subreddit Hiphopheads for a sea of bloodthirsty Stans on the day Frank’s new album was supposed to drop (but didn’t). In the blog post, published on Catapult by yours truly, I compare Frank to the original hip hop head—Shakespeare—and my own head is rightfully served to me on a spinning chrome platter.
EP 9: To all the boys I loved before,
“You seem to know everything. But do you know you are profound to me?” -16 year old me
We know Penn Badgley is cute, but is stalking cute? High school me thinks so! In this episode, I will look at two diary entries about two different crushes (read: obsessions) my junior year.
In one entry, I get ignored at a football game and run home to write a letter telling my crush about the meanest thing he’s ever done to me: ignoring my last letter.
In another entry, a mysterious new man causes me to experiment with the second person. Pretty soon, I’m writing my creepy letters to someone new.
EP 10: When I was in college, I idolized Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. I wished that as a female, I could get away with the things he got away with. I felt insecure and not smart enough to be where I was, so I wrote a blog where I tried to flex my badassness and poke fun at people who actually cared about school. All while referencing my favorite modern media theorists.
Other topics include COVID-19, NYU Dean Allyson Green, professors on ego trips, whether or not I am Stacey's Mom at my neighborhood pool, GT of GT's Kombucha, Jonah Hill's little sister, and Saferide.
EP 11: At the beginning of April, enigmatic house musician Chevy Mustang became an icon seemingly overnight with his single "Because I Want To." In the midst of quarantine, he is the voice of a generation. He wants to go to Disney, to have a party. He wants what we can't have. I caught up with this beautiful human and attempted to unravel the mystery surrounding him. I ask him about his early work, his musical training, and his closest fans whom he calls "students." We discuss whether or not journaling too much can become a vice and the consequences of throwing away nearly everything you've written into a river. Welcome to the world of Chevy Mustang. If you're not willing to bury yourself in a hole with a straw as your only breathing apparatus, you may not be ready.
EP 12: Every Christmas, Jake and I manage to get ourselves into some BAD Christmas movies. We aren't sure where the tradition began...maybe on a December vacation in Pittsburgh back in 2015 when the only thing on TV was a Madea Christmas movie. If you are wondering why a movie didn't make our list, it is probably because we already watched it years ago. We will discuss, in order:
Happiest Season (2020)
Christmas Contract (2018)
Falling for Christmas (2016)
Christmas in the City (2013)
A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)
Dear Christmas (2020)
Christmas Cupcakes (2018)
From the Something in the Wilderness podcast: Marissa joins to discuss one of her favorite Andrew McMahon deep cuts. We talk about her history as a fan, the song's potential meaning, what Andrew may have been thinking about when writing it, and more!
From the Something in the Wilderness podcast: Marissa joins for her second visit to the podcast to provide insight into a Jack's favorite! Last time we heard from Marissa, she taught us about a rare song from the catalog and this time, we're doing the opposite and talking about a well-known fan favorite from the same era!
Are you interested in guest starring to share some of your own terrible writing or having me as a guest on your podcast? Just ask my first grade teacher, I loooooove to chat and don't know how to stop! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with me.