Posts tagged: Greg

Popmatic Podcast September 17th, 2014: Hispanic Heritage Month

By , September 17, 2014

The_MiddlemanIt’s Hispanic Heritage Month! You could easily turn our mispronunciations into a drinking game. Seriously, if anyone wants to call out our mispronunciations go for it in the comments. It’s Greg’s last show so he can define Hispanic however he wants. Godspeed Greg! Everyone should go visit him at the new Southeast Branch.


Hispanic Heritage Month events at NPL

The Middleman starring Natalie Morales

The Middleman‘s Last Defense Against Monsters Tells All

Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil by Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso CD | Freegal | Hoopla

Carmen Miranda CD | Freegal | Hoopla

Gilberto Gil CD | Freegal | Hoopla

Os Mutantes CD | Freegal | Hoopla

Mutations by Beck

The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan


Pan’s Labyrinth

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Sin City

Rebel Without a Crew; or, How a 23-year-old filmmaker with $7,000 became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodriguez

Rodriguez’ Corazon de Oro Award acceptance speech


new Southeast Branch Library


99% Invisible

Tiny House Nation

The Lego Movie


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast September 10th, 2014: Critical Rehab

By , September 10, 2014

Tales by H.P. LovecraftThis week we give some needlessly maligned books, movies, and music some critical rehabilitation. You know, things like, um, Led Zeppelin(?). Then a fight breaks out about opera because LIBRARIANS.


Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls

Sophia Petrillo from Golden Girls

Jack Shephard from Lost

Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tales by H.P. Lovecraft

The Library of America

Henry Kuttner

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

Only God Forgives

Tangerine Dream CD | Freegal | Hoopla

A Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume 1

One More Try” covered by Iron and Wine on A.V. Club Undercover


All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

Tennessee Volksfest

Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant

Hansel and Gretel by Beni Montresor

The Witches of Venice by Philip Glass



Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast September 3rd, 2014: Work, Work, Work

By , September 3, 2014

Intern's Handbook by Shane KuhnIt’s back to business after Labor Day. Unironically, we do a work themed episode and we all choose to talk about books. We’re librarians – get it? During tickle my fancy, a debate flares up about whether Popmatic is about high or low culture. Amanda settles it with an appreciation of Drunk History.


The Interns’ Handbook by Shane Kuhn

High Plains Drifter

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People interactive infographic

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carsick by John Waters


Shakespeare in the Park

David Olney

Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey

Drunk History

Go” by Grimes and Blood Diamonds

video for “Go

Work” by Iggy Izalea


VNV Nation Hoopla | Freegal


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast August 13th, 2014: Ca$hville and the Bard

By , August 13, 2014

Asimov's Guide to ShakespeareShakespeare in the Park‘s performances of As You Like It start this week. We recommend the best 16th century literature you can get from the library. Just kidding. We mostly talk about movies. Movies you can get from the library. And what is tickling our fancy this month. What’s the mystery play at the end? Leave your guesses in the comments.


Romeo + Juliet

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon: The Biography

BBC’s Complete Dramatic Works of Shakespeare on DVD

Arkangel complete Shakespeare on CD

Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare

Shakespeare for Dummies

Theatre of Blood

Hamlet starring Ethan Hawk

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Does the dog die?

Macbeth directed by Roman Polanski


Terminator the Second


White Heat

L.A. Noire trailer

A Most Wanted Man

Cooking for Geeks



Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Book Preview: The Magician’s Land

By , August 1, 2014

JK Rowling AKA Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm  has been out for a while and I hear it’s pretty good. But for those still sitting at home in your wizard cap & gown, wondering what to do with that honorary Hogwarts degree, I’m guessing these past few novels smack a bit too much of the Mugglish variety…

Just last month, Potter fans rejoiced as a new morsel was cruelly tossed to them by the author: a short story of the Hogwarts class as adults (link to Pottermore). This has led to some very palpable excitement as to whether J/K will ever write another wizard novel. While I continue to be amazed by the power of this decade-spanning franchise, I’ve been feeling the need to interject lately with an obvious book recommendation:

Seriously, for those seeking to continue their magic-themed coming-of-age on into adulthood, look no further than the Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman.  I say “obvious recommendation” because this critically acclaimed series has landed high on the NYT Bestsellers List, and it’s parallels to Harry Potter are inescapable (Though, I’m supposed to say here that such comparisons do a disservice to both). Yet, I still haven’t seen it embraced by aging Potterites.

The wizards, er, magicians in this series are not some elite class ordained by birth, but rather make up an outsiders group of geniuses, misfits and miscreants. Casting spells involves learning intricate hand positions, mastering dead languages, and the application of unnamed mathematical principles. (that’s right, folks, ‘with great power comes a lot of hard work’.)

This is YA for adults (the series kicks off in college).  This is Harry Potter with a side of scotch. This is fantasy meets realism/ tongue-and-cheek black comedy/ moody coming-of-age. At. It’s. Best.

Okay. To be honest, if you read these books in the hopes of reliving your Hogwarts honeymoon, you will likely be hit by a Confundus spell of disappointment.  What I like about them—what seems real to me—is the listlessness of the main character, Quentin Coldwater (and this is part of what pushes it into the realm of adult fiction).  The tone hints at a central question, and how it plays out may hit a little close to home: What if you found out that magic was real? (Not only is there a magic college, but YOU got in!) Except, what if, after all that, you still weren’t happy? What if that still weren’t enough? Well, Potter fans, welcome to adulthood…

The final installment of The Magicians trilogy, The Magician’s Land, will be out on Tuesday. Place your holds here. It looks like the series is headed for the SyFy channel, so you may soon see a spike demand.

And, abracadabra: Lev Grossman is confirmed for this year’s Southern Festival of Books, to be held here at the downtown library in October! You’re welcome.


Popmatic Podcast July 30, 2014: The Oxymoronic Masochistic Phenomena of Having a Favorite Dystopia

By , July 30, 2014

Dystopias have a literary cachet as of late. We run down the our favorite dystopias, old and new. We say we love big brother but we never mention 1984. If you think about it, having a favorite dystopia is bittersweet. But there is nothing bitter about the tickle my fancy segment. The tickle my fancy segment is pure sugar.


The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver film trailer

Snowpiercer trailer

Marco Beltrami

Off the Shelf book list: Contemporary Dystopias

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

Alpha Centuri or Die! by Leigh Brackett

Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Children of Men by P.D. James

The Lottery tv show

Children of Men directed by Alfonso Cuarón

The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age by Astra Taylor

Page One: Inside the New York Times


OZ art space

Master Chef

Billy Bob Thorton’s dystopia is Cupcake Wars.

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Shadowrun Returns video game

Shadowrun 5th Edition tabletop role playing game


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast July 23, 2014: The Fault in Our Social Media Stars

By , July 23, 2014

Neil GaimanJohn Green made himself famous by using social media (and by writing great books). We clue you in on the best authors and musicians who are active on the interwebs: who’s real, who’s funny, who’s fake, who’s a train wreck, etc. Be sure to put your faves in the comments. And what is tickling our fancy this month. The team convinces me not to talk about copyright.


John Green at NPL

John Green on twitter

John Green on youtube

Neil Gaiman at NPL

Neil Gaiman’s blog

Neil Gaiman on twitter

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming” by Neil Gaiman

Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Turban, Cabbage by Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney on twitter

George Takei at NPL

George Takei on twitter

George Takei on facebook

Try! Live in Concert by John Mayer Trio

John Mayer’s whole catalog on Freegal

John Mayer on twitter

Cherie Priest at NPL

Cherie Priest’s blog

Cherie Priest on twitter

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Amanda Palmer on twitter

Moz is not on twitter.

Kanye New Yorker tweets

Josh Groban sings Kanye tweets

Nick Offerman reads tweets from young female celebrities.

Celebrities read mean tweets about themselves.


Bao Down Nashville food truck

Night Time is the Right Time” performed by Ray Charles

Cosby Show Season 2 Episode 3 “Happy Anniversary”


Forever For Now by LP

Live on the Green

War by Sebastian Junger

Bettie Page Reveals All

The Notorious Bettie Page


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast July 9th, 2014: Gril is French for Grill

By , July 9, 2014

The Chopped CookbookSummer time is for cooking out so we gab about the best books movies and music to get you grillin’ and chillin’. Did I just write that? Grillin’ and chillin’. I wrote that. Okay. Let’s move on.


Guy on Fire: 130 Recipes for Adventures in Outdoor Cooking by Guy Fieri

ORCA coolers from Franklin, TN

The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You’ve Got to Make Something Great

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer

upgrade your beer with a French press

Beer Cocktails: 50 Superbly Crafted Cocktails that Liven Up Your Lagers, Ales, and Stouts by Howard Stelzer

Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes by Matt Fitzgerald & George Fear

Shaft: the TV Movie Collection

Oldboy Korean original


Big Kids Club at Main Library superheroes creative writing workshop

Sentinels of the Multiverse – Greg called it “Avengers” of the Multiverse

Between the Bars by The Civil Wars

Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Schwartz

upcoming Midnight Movies at the Belcourt
- Heavy Traffic
- Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Night Moves (1975)

The High Window by Raymond Chandler

Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves

If a Tree Falls

Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

This Sporting Life

ESPN 30 for 30: Broke


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast June 18th, 2014: Heavy Lifting

By , June 18, 2014

Popmatic PodcastJune 21st is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – so this week we are going to talk about long books, movies, and music. It’s Summer Challenge! Do you have what it takes? Can you carry the weight? Don’t wimp out because after that we do the tickle my fancy segment. Fancy that wimps.


Martin Scorsese‘s gangster movies
- Wolf of Wall Street
- Casino
- Goodfellas

Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
- Das Rheingold
- Die Walkure
- Siegfried
- Gotterdammerung

What’s Opera Doc?

Wagnerian Wabbit: The Making of “What’s Opera Doc?”

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

unabridged Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Flaming Lips CD | Hoopla

7 Skies H3” a 24 hour song

All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Ms. Harkness’ website

Mahler The Complete Symphonies, Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic

Mahler: Symphony No.6 in A minor, “Tragic”, George Szell conducting the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra

Coffee and Cigarettes featuring a discussion of Mahler’s “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekkommen”

The Very Best of Janet Baker by Janet Baker CD | Hoopla


Lazzaretto by Jack White

Turn Blue by Black Keys

District B13 [actually written by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel]

Darren Arnofsky producing Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy?

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

What the heck is parkour?

No Way to Treat a Lady as part of Movies @ Main

Crapalachia by Scott McClanahan

book trailer for Crapalachia

McClanahan at 2013 Southern Festival of Books


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Bake some pies: three new cookbooks

By , June 13, 2014

Every day is a good day to eat pie. So why not try baking your own?  We have three new “pie only” cookbooks written by some very talented and creative bakers.  So put on your apron, grab your rolling pin and pie plate, and get busy!

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book
Sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen grew up watching their grandma and mom bake pies for the family-owned diner.  The girls grew up and went out into the world, but pie making was in their blood.   The Elsen sisters left behind the careers they went to college for and opened a pie shop in Brooklyn. It’s been so successful they opened a second location in the Brooklyn Public Library, and more importantly for us, published their first cookbook.  Favorite recipe I baked: the green chili chocolate pie on p. 204.


Teeny’s Tour of Pie
Teeny’ s love of pie inspired her to embark on a journey across the country, interning at the best pie shops in the U.S. before opening her very own in Washington DC. Her easy-going, don’t worry if you screw up, words of encouragement sure helped to ease my pie-crust making nerves.  Teeny is a big fan of single-serving teeny pies, and most recipes include variations on how to make them “teeny.”  Favorite recipe I baked: the strawberry rhubarb pie on p. 167.


First Prize Pies
Allison Kave founded First Prize Pies after she won 1st place at the Brooklyn Pie cookoff with her Bourbon Ginger Pecan Pie (p. 170).  Her recipes include some of the most creative culinary ideas I’ve ever encountered.  Plus Allison explains her techniques so well, you’re sure to have success on your first attempt!   I decided to put the avocado cream pie (p. 82) to the co-worker taste test. Admittedly an avocado pie  sounds unusual, so I’m including actual quotes from a few of my taste testers.  Greg said…”Most excellent.  Like a creamier, earthier keylime pie.  Have you ever had one of the avocado popsicles from Las Paletas?  Reminds me of those!”  Teresa proclaimed… “DELICIOUS! Who knew?”  And Bryan said…”This is delicious! This the best creme cheese pie I have ever had but it is green so I can count it as a vegetable right? I want you to make brussels sprouts pie next!”  Well, I don’t know about a brussels sprouts pie, but they sure are tasty roasted with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.

“Candy might be sweet, but it’s a traveling carnival blowing through town. Pie is home. People always come home.” ~ quote from Pushing Daisies, one of the best TV series of the last decade…

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