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Paul Ryan's Pussy Riot

A column article, Paranoid Video by: Dylan Garsee, Nick Hanover

No longer content to merely review television through the creative use of Friskies gifs and awkward jokes, Dylan Garsee and Nick Hanover have moved on to the internet airwaves, co-hosting CB's own entertainment podcast, Paranoid Video.


Paranoid Video Episode 1.13-

"Paul Ryan's Pussy Riot"

This might technically be a single subject episode, but I promise you it's one of our most interesting episodes to date. The discussion topic this week was the simple yet complicated "Fandom-- Love It or Hate It?" And the answer across the board was...both? Joining Msrs. Garsee and Hanover was the inimitable Luke Winkie, who has contributed to Vice, Salon, Paste and the Austin Chronicle. It was actually a Vice article Luke wrote on the atheism section of Reddit that inspired this week's subject and you should definitely check that out before we begin. As always, you can listen to the episode at the player below or download it here

While we were short on sections this week, we definitely weren't short on references, so we went a little crazy with the notes. But first, we did an intro section where we just chatted about random subjects for a bit, including the Pussy Riot sentencing and how that relates to why New Yorker articles are always "fascinating," canceled Pirates of the Caribbean video games that Luke wishes he could play, and Dylan's fascination with the character names of Gun. Spoiler: Monkey Bumbershoot isn't a character in Gun, but boy do we wish he was. That intro section ends at 15:00 and then the main section of the episode starts up at 15:30

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The main section of the episode covers fandom-- our hatred of it, our love for it and what segments of it we each belong to. But in-between, we get into things like a tumblr devoted to why you shouldn't wear that fedora, some massive Breaking Bad Season 4 spoilering that starts at 23:00 and goes until 23:45, a sad attempt to remember a Tracy Jordan fake movie by Dylan (it was Hard to Watch: Based on the Novel "Stone Cold Bummer" by Manipulate) and how pointless "you forgot" comments on list features are, except for a creative one that was left on Luke's Noisey piece on other roaming festival vacations Coachella might want to try. Oh, and Luke and myself figure out that we both wrote for the same publication at one point and-- surprise!-- we spend a few minutes exchanging stories about all the bullshit behind the scenes. But it leads into some great jokes at Tiny Mix Tapes' expense, so hopefully you won't find it too boring.

 

The theme song and namesake for the show is Total Control's excellent "Paranoid Video". The bumper music this week was just the Caprells' "Close Your Eyes," which Paranoid Video friend/archnemesis and Comics You Can Dance To co-host Nate MacDonald turned me onto.

And in case you want to know what we look like, here is a visual representations of Dylan and myself, courtesy of Emily Marie Palmer:

Dylan Garsee is a freelance writer/bingo enthusiast currently living in Austin, TX. He is studying sociology, and when he's not winning trivia nights at pork-themed restaurants, writing a collection of essays on the gay perspective in geek culture. An avid record collector, Dylan can mostly be seen at Waterloo Records, holding that one God Speed You! Black Emperor record he can't afford and crying. You can follow him on twitter @garseed.


When he's not writing about the cape and spandex set and functioning as the Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin, Nick Hanover is a book, film and music critic who has contributed to Spectrum Culture, No Tofu Magazine, Performer Magazine, Port City Lights and various other international publications. By which he means Canadian rags you have no reason to know anything about. He also translates for "Partytime" Lukash's Panel Panopticoand you can follow him on twitter @Nick_Hanover

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