Author Tom Perrotta on The Leftovers and Lord of the Rings

Tom Perrotta talks about his novel and new HBO show The Leftovers, why his nickname in high school was Frodo and what he learned from a summer working as a garbage collector. Plus a nerd confession about a Tinder match gone awry because of Game of Thrones. 

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"I felt as if I would soon be transported to a magical land, able to read books that would carry me to places I was never able to go. It was a thrill. And that was the beginning of a lifelong experience of not only loving libraries, but living in libraries." - Doris Kearns Goodwin on her love of libraries

It’s funny, even though we’re drowning in books here at the office, I just recently got a library card for the first time in ages. And there is nothing like that thrill, that, sense of possibility: any place you want to go is contained in this quiet, brown-papery-smelling building, and it’s all absolutely free. Hooray for libraries!

— Petra

After Water Fiction: The Floating Island of New Chicago

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(Photo by Tricia Bobeda)

Jon knew, but he couldn’t say.

They were having the same argument they had just about every morning after enough drinks and enough time had passed.

Was it there? Or wasn’t it?

Tomas had burst into the bar saying he saw a delivery drone…

Tricia wrote a short story about the future of the Great Lakes for WBEZ’s afterwater project. It involves whiskey and robots, of course.

A summer jam playlist for Nerdettes by Lauren Chooljian

Tune-Yards “Bizness
Jagwar Ma “What Love
St. Vincent “Digital Witness
First Aid Kit “Heaven Knows
Slyvan Esso “Hey Mami
Jenny Lewis “Just One of the Guys
Diana Ross “Upside Down” (wildcard pick)
Hearts “Hemiplegia
Bearstronaut “Black Bells
Wild Cub “Thunder Clatter


And a few slow jams:
Bon Iver “Heavenly Father
First Aid Kit “Shattered and Hollow
Sharon Van Etten feat. Justin Vernon “Love More” (also the commentary on this from the people recording it is HILARIOUS)

- Lauren Chooljian

Richard Linklater on Boyhood and the Facebook generation

Richard Linklater explains why it took 12 years to make his new film Boyhood. Plus, Dan Weissmann from Marketplace on why killing comic characters is good business. Then Lauren Chooljian takes a road trip to meet Detroit’s McClure brothers with her pickle nerd boyfriend. And your Carmen San Diego nerd confessions.

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The glamorous Sunday evening of a podcaster: Editing audio at the laundromat. I love every minute of making Nerdette though, which I guess makes this a weird humble brag photo?

- Tricia

The glamorous Sunday evening of a podcaster: Editing audio at the laundromat. I love every minute of making Nerdette though, which I guess makes this a weird humble brag photo?

- Tricia

bobeda:

Guess who shares a special nerd confession on the next Nerdette Podcast episode? (It’s Tricia’s mom!)

#OGnerdette

bobeda:

Guess who shares a special nerd confession on the next Nerdette Podcast episode? (It’s Tricia’s mom!)

#OGnerdette

Kick! Stretch! Aaand Kick! The 50th episode of our show came out this week. We’re celebrating Sally O’Malley style. 

Thanks for listening!

Jessi Klein on her nerd origin story, Inside Amy Schumer and horses

Emmy nominee Jessi Klein, a stand up comedian and head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, nerds out with Tricia and Greta about the Marx Brothers, winning Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Black Stallion and the fearlessly funny feminism of her sketch show.

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