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A time machine from the age of the Hollywood blockbuster, the George Lucas merchandising force, and the Bronze Age of comics. Todd Rogers, a chronic nostalgist, creative escapist, lunatic completest, and pop culture zealot parses memories of the past with a rotating league of guests hosts.
 
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Vibe Check Gwen is BOOSTED! And she is glad she has planned for Thanksgiving in advance. Danielle is working through THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP’s pass pages and book 2 revisions, and had an awesome chat with Denise Williams on the 11/19 episode of the Boozy Book Broads. Gwen is thankful for her move across the country, meeting silly dogs and pets in her …
 
Vibe Check Gwen is leaning into Daylight saving. Danielle did a whole bunch of stuff but still feels like she didn’t “do” anything. Gwen learned the importance of cleaning out your fridge. Danielle read a bunch of books (MISS MORIARTY, I PRESUME? by Sherry Thomas, JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Adriana Herrera, THE BAD BOY EXPERIMENT by Reese Ryan, and Y…
 
Today's episode is a twenty-minute rambling intro to a fifteen-minute sample of the Patreon Exclusive episodes of the podcast. The intro covers a few things that've happened lately at the bar where I work, it's about six times longer than it was supposed to be, and then the rest of it is about vegetarianism and other ramblesome things -- basically …
 
CALL TO ACTION: For our “listener request” show in November, send us a note at podcast@freshfiction.com and let us know what you want us to talk about: advice, book recommendation requests, gift-giving help, or any topic you wish! Gwen’s had a busy week while her husband has been injured, but she feels like Mary Tyler Moore because she’s doing it a…
 
Vibe Check We want to hear from you! For our Thanksgiving episode, we want our listeners to tell us what to talk about! Email podcast@freshfiction.com with your ideas/requests/topics/questions and we’ll yammer on about it at the end of November. Gwen has made a ton of soup. She is really proud that she had a game night with some of their new friend…
 
Wherein the narrator, after recounting the finer points of his favorite early Superman comic, talks with author Douglas Wolk about his new book, ALL OF THE MARVELS. Wolk read all 27,000 issues of Marvel's expanded comic book universe and writes, in his story, about the beauty of confusion, the maturation of the brand, and whether Stan Lee did in fa…
 
Wherein the narrator reacts to the SCREAM 5 trailer, and complains that it shouldn't called "SCREAM" (which is the actual title), and then tells a story about a very angry math teacher he had in high school, and how the teachers of "regular" classes were generally pretty shattered, emotionally; by the end of it he's remembering what it was like to …
 
Vibe Check D had a busy week dealing with her daughter’s cold, but she was able to see her new, grown-up friends! G’s mom is visiting her in WA and she got to show off some of her favorite places in her new home. * SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE DISCUSSION A great place to hear more about second chance romance is our interview with Reese Ryan, who wrote thr…
 
Wherein the narrator, having taken a full month to work on his book, eases himself back into the podcasting routine by doing a simple episode, with very few sound effects, in which he talks about Stephen King's two major thematic obsessions, and how they recur through his body of work, and then about some of his own (that is, the narrator's) more s…
 
It’s Gwen’s Birthday week!!!!!!!!! She also put together one of the new desks in her home and it’s making things feel complete. Danielle participated in #20Kin5Days! It’s hosted by author Tasha L. Harrison and her Wordmakers community. It only opens to new members every few months, so sign up for her newsletter if you’re interested in future challe…
 
Wherein the narrator takes his insecurities to the doorstep of L.R. Dorn (the author duo Suzanne Dunn & Matt Dorff) to discuss their novel, ANATOMY OF DESIRE, the allure of true crime, that thing Liz Taylor did to Montgomery Clift's mouth one night on the side of the road, and making peace with one's own morbid interests.ANATOMY OF DESIRE is their …
 
Vibe Check Danielle has seen a book cover! And it’s great! Gwen cleaned out her freezer! Our guest, Susan, wrote two reviews of upcoming movies for her website, http://thischixflix.com/ * Our Fall 2021 Entertainment Recs September Susan/Film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Candyman, Dear Evan Hansen, The Eyes of Tammy Faye Gwen/TV: I Kn…
 
Wherien the narrator talks for a bit about a recent loss in his family, an ethically questionable thing he did as a bartender, one of his worst customers in recent memory--and finally speaks, at length, with the Pulitzer-nominated historian W.H. Brands about the craft of writing biography and history.…
 
Gwen had a harrowing adventure this week, but has a new mattress to show for it! Danielle planned two birthday parties and is the mother of a 7 yr. old! They think these are huge accomplishments! * Celebrities! Celebs Danielle Follows in Social Media: (mostly on Instagram) Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Retta, Gabrielle Union, Ni…
 
Wherein the narrator talks for fifteen minutes about his own conflicted feelings toward slasher movies before welcoming New York Times-bestselling novelist Grady Hendrix into the fold for a discussion of his new novel, FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, but mostly about the challenges of writing every day, policing one's own artistic output, and why Stephen…
 
Gwen has been going to bed at 10:30 consistently this week, and we want to know the secret to this sorcery. Danielle’s debut novel is about to head to copyediting and proofreading, she finished the first draft of her WIP, and she planned TWO parties for her daughter’s upcoming 7th birthday! ESCAPISM Is escapism more about a feeling? Maybe a sense o…
 
Wherein the narrator talks about being too anxious to poop in small public bathrooms, rambles into the territory of some vague body dysmorphia having some loose relation to September 11th, speculates on Bill Clinton's pre-vegan bathroom habits and eventually circles back to a point.By Alexander Sorondo
 
This week, Gwen got to see friends who came to visit and she started composting! Danielle survived her family vacation to Michigan and changed her social media handles to @DJacksonBooks to start changing into her author persona! Food in Pop Culture Do we ever stop talking about food? NOPE! Do we have a TON of recommendations? YES! Gwen’s Chef Shows…
 
Wherein the narrator speaks with the author of one of his favorite books from the past year, HIS VERY BEST, a comprehensive and propulsive biography of Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States.Also, in the monologue at the top of the show: Jimmy Carter, "Third Accidental President"; that maybe Carter's downfall is foretold in the triumph o…
 
Wherein the narrator talks about his gambler friend, the drama surrounding a Michael Jordan rookie card, how he tried and failed to major in psychology thinking he could become a sex therapist and, finally, how Jimmy Carter makes it seem like being an ex-president is really frustrating.By Alexander Sorondo
 
On today's episode... Danielle traveled and hung out with a bunch of kids! Gwen survived the Seattle heatwave and didn’t murder her husband in the process! Host Check-in! Gwen has had an eventful 2021 so far, including moving across the country, bringing back the FF podcast, finding her perfect Costco in her new city, and starting a new event plann…
 
Vibe Check The Type-A Queen of our hearts: Gwen has created a spreadsheet for her new local dining options! Actual human interaction!?! Danielle hosted an in-person event to celebrate Love’s Sweet Arrow’s 2nd anniversary! Our pal, @TheLindaShow, took some fun photos!! Romance Tropes If you are interested in more in-depth coverage of Romance Tropes …
 
Vibe Check This week, Gwen is feeling good about moving around more throughout the day and getting settled in her new city! Danielle has been reading a TON lately. She’s working her way through the Y: The Last Man graphic novel series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, and she read a magical Ethiopian Jane Eyre retelling (yes, you read that right)…
 
Wherein the narrator talks about things he's recently heard, explores the ethics of tinkering with a person's genes in utero, and then contemplates an Uber driver.Check out my new eBook! THE MOON AND HER SISTER TURN THIRTY AND LEAVEAvailable on Kindle for just a buck!https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Sister-Turn-Thirty-Leave-ebook/dp/B094JHP5FM/ref=sr_1_…
 
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