TAL, the podcast, not the magician from Riga, chess player, is my favorite podcast of all time. It is out of this world! It is human, humane, humanistic, and as wise as Hume or Locke, as brilliant as any crack stand up comedian, as touching as any Russian novelist up to snuff, as penetrating as French cigarette stained finger pointing post war existentialist street cafe philosopher, all rolled into one giant symphony of colors and sound! Also, as nimble as the Chicago Bulls in the 80’s, or as enduring as America and its ideals, despite recent notable Bush League or Cheetos dipped setbacks...
I love This American Life, TAL. This grant astonishingly wise experiment animated and monitored by geniuses from public radio, no less! Ira Glass, his endlessly surprising crew. His flat nasal annoying voice not withstanding, his wit. All the endless crackling sparkle! One story beating the next. Week after week, year after year. Connections, resonances, sympathetic involutions and revolutions around literary heavens! Hooray TAL! A 1000 hoorays! You make America, three tales at a time, a shining beacon of hope for the intellect, the patriot, the brother at hand.
Every week I say, well! They will never top that! And then, like magic, a new rabbit is pulled right out of the anthropological bowels of Uncle Sam’s top hat! You walk on stilts, TAL. You are great!