#SetTheVCR Into the Night

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

This Friday I think…and I hope my new sci-fi series drops on Netflix. Into The Night!

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Trailer Alert: The Booksellers

You’d expect a documentary about New York City booksellers to be about chasing down a…I dunno say a first edition Charles Dickens or perhaps a Hoop Dreams style doc about wanting to become a rare book dealer. It’s neither. Instead what director D.W. Young offers is a sci-fi tangent via Henry Wessells whose book is A Conversation Larger Than the Universe: Readings in Science Fiction and the Fantastic (whew!) as well as a motivated search for early hip hop documents and magazines.

That’s the value of being in New York City. Just like the city The Booksellers “takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.” “Obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers” that’s New York City.

So much so that in documentary Fran Lebowitz shares about the time she lent David Bowie a book. Now that…that is Modern Love between an Intellectual and a Dreamer.

Among the compelling categories of distinct humans in this world, I found the specialist and generalist divisions fascinating. That you could build a whole life and a career with an unwavering dedication to one topic. There was the collector who was collecting overlooked women’s contributions while another focused on Mao Tse-tung. It’s a bold choice to know somebody else feels this way. Or find what you find is valuable.

What I find valuable are readers. We write a lot and focus a lot on the disappearance of the indie bookstore and blame Barnes and Noble and curse the Amazon affect all these standard narratives yet this documentary touches upon the fact that readers those wonderful people willing to dig through the stacks are fading. It’s almost like many individuals have lost their ability to curate reading and their pop culture. Is that accurate?

I find a number of people?some considered music fans?open Spotify and listen to Rihanna or Beyonce because it’s simple and everybody knows who they are and what that’s about and they are done. They don’t have to shift through the stacks to discover a really cool indie band or something that’s “off the grid.” They can be still with it and still be socially accepted. (When did that become goals?) But…where is the fun in that? Some of the best pop culture experiences I’ve had are analog: digging through the stacks like a detective in an 80s tv show searching for clues.

In the end? You must watch The Booksellers if only to behold the literary splendour of Jay Walker’s Library of the Human Imagination in Ridgefield, Connecticut. What the what?


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Trailer Alert: The Booksellers

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

You’d expect a documentary about New York City booksellers to be about chasing down a…I dunno say a first edition Charles Dickens or perhaps a Hoop Dreams style doc about wanting to become a rare book dealer. It’s neither. Instead what director D.W. Young offers is a sci-fi tangent via Henry Wessells whose book is A Conversation Larger Than the Universe: Readings in Science Fiction and the Fantastic (whew!) as well as a motivated search for early hip hop documents and magazines.

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#SetTheVCR: April 26-May 2, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Remember how Peter Parker told you with great power comes great responsibility? Well, it’s the same thing with tv ratings. Do you really wanna give Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle a second season or do you wanna use your power responsibility? If so then here’s some amazing and specular tv suggestions.

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Beastie Boys Story Is Our Story

Yo sat down with a rum and Coke (actually it was barely Coke…I’m not driving or wearing pants but it’s Saturday night and I’m young, single and armed with disposable income so let’s get down a bit…) to watch the Beastie Boys Story.

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New Book Alert: April 20-24, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.

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Jordan Ain’t No Joke Episode 1 (The Last Dance Podcast)

“Entering the 1997-98 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls had won 5 championships in the previous 7 years. But as they sought their second three-peat, the future of the dynasty was in doubt. As preparations began for the 1997-98 season, Jordan and the Bulls granted unprecedented access to a film crew for the entire year.”

As Jordan was preparing to conclude his time with the Bulls: 3 friends in Toronto were about to graduate from University. This is their story as seen through the ESPN/Netflix docu-series The Last Dance.

My Summer Lair host Sammy Younan hangs out with JT and DC to present Jordan Ain’t No Joke.

Jordan Ain’t No Joke Ep 1 covers Episodes I and II of The Last Dance.

Notable Quotable:
“Everyone has three lives: a public life, a private life and a secret life.” — Gabriel García Marquez

“I mean, at that point, Michael Jordan’s already the ultimate sports alpha male. I mean, the only comparisons I can recall being apt were to Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali. That’s it. That’s the list. There’s nobody else on it.” — Michael Wilbon

A Deep Three:
Jordan is drinking tequila according to this ESPN Article: Ramona Shelburne Confirmation…

1:00:
Introductions: The Ice Breaker
Q: What are some of your early Jordan memories? How did Michael Jeffrey Jordan come into your life?

9:30:
Q: Jerry Krause…villain or foil?
Dead Men Don’t Talk

13:40:
Q: Did you fully appreciate Pippen in real time?
That Pippen dunk on Ewing!!

28:32:
Q: Where do you hope to see the series go?
The Last Dance soundtrack

32:30:
Q: Jordan retired for 18 months…was that a trailer of post-Jordan life?
The Sam Smith Agenda

38:45:
Q: Did The Last Dance blow an opportunity for structure?
The Last Dense?

48:43:
Q: Would the Bulls (had they stayed together) won the lockout year (instead of the Spurs)?
Nick Anderson Tears

58:22:
Q: Do you consider Jordan mean?
Feelings Are Not Facts

1:02:25:
Q: Do the ends justify the means?
Bill Wennington has rings; Barkley and Stockton etc. do not. So…

JT’s Recommendations
Kobe Muse
Kobe Doin’ Work
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Sammy’s Recommendations
Roland Lazenby’s NBA biographies:
Michael Jordan: The Life
Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant

Closing Jordan Rap Reference
“Psycho: I’m liable to go Michael, take your pick Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6
(Ball so hard) Got a broken clock…” Jay-Kanye: Niggas in Paris

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New Book Alert: April 13-17, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.

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#SetTheVCR: April 19-25, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Lo!! Some sports make an appearance on #SetTheVCR. Do you remember sports? And in case you ain’t Sporty we lots of “Spicy-tv” for you. (Probably the only time the Spice Girls will be mentioned on #SetTheVCR.)

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#SetTheVCR: April 12-18, 2020

Sammy Younan

Girth Radio Presents…

Welcome to another edition of #SetTheVCR. This is a judgment-free zone: I’ll never shame you for your screen time even when it is way up. If anything I’m an enabler: to help you get your screen time up here’s some TV recommendations!

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