Saturday, January 5, 2013

Edward Champion talks about his new show Follow Your Ears, giving up the Bat Segundo Show, his video on Gary Shteyngart, frozen peas, and so much more





Edward Champion is hilarious, smart, opinionated and game-changing. After many years, he's given up the outrageously funny Bat Segundo Show, he's the managing editor of the fabulous cultural blog Reluctant Habits, and he's now onto something new, something more thematic, Follow Your Ears, which he'll talk about in the very next question. I'm thrilled to have him here. Thanks, thanks, thanks, Edward!  (See? I didn't call you Bat.)


Tell us about your new show, Follow Your Ears.

I believed I was largely done with radio: not necessarily in some mid-career vocational goosestep of mock desperation akin to John Malkovich taking up as puppeteer, but I certainly knew that I had to evolve if I wanted to continue in this medium without becoming one of those dessicated husks phoning it in.  Then Sandy Hook happened.  And I watched in real time as professed journalists got the Lanza brothers mixed up and spread misinformation with the kind of recklessness one associates with giving matches and lighter fluid to an arsonist.  My conscience snapped.  It was clear that we had to talk about guns.  So I began finding authors who had written books about guns and contacting publicists.  The idea then was some Bat Segundo one-off.  But then I started getting more ideas.  And I'm interviewing people again.  But I'm being more journalistic with this program.  The new style seems to be pushing me somewhere new.  Yesterday, a legendary filmmaker called me a "rough interviewer."  But I also had a difficult conversation a few days ago that put me in tears.  I'm trying to take more risks and put myself into more emotional territory.  But the hope here is to unite numerous viewpoints around a theme (in this case, guns) and have the listener follow along with her ears along.  I'm hoping that Follow Your Ears will spark conversations and dialogues, and that I can weave some of the results back into future shows.  For now I'm committed to a first season of eight to ten episodes.  And I'll see where that takes me.

Was it hard to give up Bat Segundo?

There's always a tinge of wistfulness when you end any project, but the impulse to end Bat Segundo was a long time in arriving.  500 always struck me as a nice round number to end the program.  I felt that I had explored just about every angle I could with that format and I wanted to go out with my best work.  You don't want to soldier on and turn into a robot.  While Segundo was a joy to the very end, the time had come to move on.  I suspect you may share this problem, Caroline, but I'm the type who gets into a good deal of trouble if I don't have a few massive projects I'm working on.  And I suspect this is another reason why Follow Your Ears happened: a bulwark against my worst instincts!  But I also feel that you should rethink what you do every few years.  Because change is a constant and, if you don't understand that, you'll be extirpating some very exciting possibilities from your life.

I adored the video you did on Gary Shteyngart and blurbing. (Gary, by the way, already gave me a blurb for a book I haven't written yet: Caroline leavitt's unwritten book is the best Caroline Leavitt unwritten book of 2013.) Can you talk about the video, please?

Thanks for digging the video.  Glad to hear that Gary used his blurb kung-fu for encouraging purposes.  I had a blast making the documentary and I'm still highly amused that I have a thick three inch binder filled with tons of paperwork labeled SHTEYNGART.  Nobody was more surprised than me that so many people signed on for it.  It all started off as a silly thought I had before going to a party.  "There's a Tumblr. There's a reading event.  Maybe there should be a documentary."  Now I'm the kind of guy who acts on his ideas.  So I sent some emails before going to the party.  Hours later, the inbox was filling with yeses.  And it was really a matter of sorting out logistics and trying many new things, such as going to DC on a whim after Ron Charles graciously agreed to appear in it.

We're now at a very exciting historical moment -- perhaps on par with the first cinema verite filmmakers going out into the world with 16mm equipment -- where digital tools enable us to capture moments of life.  On the other hand, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get audiences to sit down for a fifteen minute documentary (and yet ironically they will listen to podcasts over an hour, thanks in large part to commuting).  I realized that I had to earn those fifteen minutes of attention.  So I did my best to keep things lively -- interviewing people in silly locations, shooting that bowling montage, keeping up the pace.  I couldn't get everything in.  There's some funny material of John Wray juggling that I had to sadly abandon.  But I did learn that I could cut in my own distinctive way while simultaneously respecting audiences in 2013.  What's especially weird about the Shteyngart doc is that it's informed some of the direction for Follow Your Ears, and vice versa.  I definitely plan on doing another one.  But it has to be a subject that I can get consumed by and that audiences are also willing to get caught up in.  I should also point out, in hindsight, that I had no idea that blurbing would be this interesting!

What's obsessing you now?

I haven't abandoned the Modern Library Reading Challenge, although I'm at a very time-consuming spot.  FINNEGANS WAKE.  I've been reading books written by Joyce, books written about Joyce, and doing this along with my other ten billion pursuits.

What question didn't I ask that I should have?

Why did you leave out the frozen peas?  Did somebody hit you in the head?


93 comments:

Anonymous said...

generic viagra buy viagra online from canadian pharmacy - want buy generic viagra

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription viagra dosage 150 mg - buy viagra online legitimate

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription viagra buy online no prescription - buy generic viagra gel

Anonymous said...

viagra no prescription cheap viagra no prescription - purchase viagra in us

Anonymous said...

generic viagra order viagra line - generic viagra thailand

Anonymous said...

Leo, this really is my friend Potential, who We have the honor regarding calling our MentorMany payday lenders can provide a loan involvingThe good thing about having any of the open public or talk about loans accessible to students having bad credit quite simply will be instructed to pay a small interest rate this means you do not need to worry about increases around repayments http://www.paydayloanfor.me.uk/ Not often are students able to go by college without having to borrow some kind of loan as a way to pay for college tuition, books, and other costs

Anonymous said...

Thankfully, there is a strategy to at least decrease the problem through the use of online shop testimonialsIf the amount of the loan, for example, can be $100,000, if it closes, the money officer can receive about 100 basis points, 1% from the loan amount, or even $1000The real point of sharing this particular story along is to start your mind to the new way of pondering things http://www.paydayloanfor.me.uk/ Some type of business working

Anonymous said...

buy soma generic soma san diego march 11 - soma 350 mg addictive

Anonymous said...

buy soma online drug interaction soma vicodin - soma apartments

Anonymous said...

buy soma buy soma online in texas - soma muscle relaxant dose

Anonymous said...

buy soma online soma 350mg online - soma muscle relaxer and alcohol

Anonymous said...

buy soma online best buy soma - soma chef costa rica

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma muscle relaxer generic - does soma san diego have seats

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma bras ebay - best buy soma san francisco

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma for muscle spasms - soma pills in brave new world

Anonymous said...

buy soma color soma pills - soma 350 mg erowid

Anonymous said...

buy soma muscle relaxers like soma - soma san diego zip code

Anonymous said...

buy soma online where to buy soma seeds - buy soma texas

Anonymous said...

buy soma online soma online without rx - some medication

Anonymous said...

buy soma buy soma online with no prescription - order cheap soma online

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma drug user reviews - interpol soma san diego 2010

Anonymous said...

buy soma online buy soma online mastercard - soma devlet hastanesi online randevu

Anonymous said...

buy soma discount somatropin - soma intimates models

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma vida - where to buy sumatriptan injections

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis 40 mg - generic cialis us

Anonymous said...

order cialis online no prescription cialis daily dose - generic cialis jelly

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis online+truffa - cialis 100mg. online

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online does generic cialis really work - buy cheap cialis online no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online illegal get tramadol online - tramadol buy usa

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online after effects tramadol overdose - buy tramadol no rx

Anonymous said...

order cialis online cheap cialis online pharmacy prescription - cialis online cheap no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online no prescription cod buy tramadol online bluelight - buy tramadol online overnight usa

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol in drug test - buy tramadol online cash delivery

Anonymous said...

cheap tramadol what does tramadol 50 mg look like - online tramadol no prescription

Anonymous said...

tramadol 50mg tramadol 50mg tablets dogs - generic tramadol 627

Anonymous said...

tramadol online maximum dosage tramadol 50mg - tramadol withdrawal usa

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol online in usa - tramadol 50mg tablets vs vicodin

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax withdrawal tinnitus - can xanax pills be injected

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol hcl 50 mg drug interactions - tramadol dosage maximum

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax dosage oral sedation - buy xanax online no prescription

Anonymous said...

generic xanax generic xanax xr 1mg - xanax generic vs brand name

Anonymous said...

buy xanax xanax quotes for myspace - benadryl xanax drug interactions

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online how can i buy tramadol online - tramadol withdrawal signs

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol 50mg tab - tramadol withdrawal during pregnancy

Anonymous said...

can you buy tramadol online buy tramadol generic ultram - ic tramadol hcl 50 mg side effects

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol 200 mg withdrawal - buy tramadol online usa

Anonymous said...

xanax online can you buy xanax - xanax xr pills

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online buy tramadol online in europe - tramadol for dogs for sale

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol high off tramadol 50 mg - tramadol hcl 50mg tab mylan side effects

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol many get high - carisoprodol 350 mg shelf life

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol soma watson brand - carisoprodol 350 mg opiate

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol for dogs post surgery - buy cheapest tramadol online

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol dosage veterinary medicine - tramadol ultram uses

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol for back pain - buy tramadol online usa

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax withdrawal schedule - xanax recreational use grasscity

Anonymous said...

buy generic xanax xanax 1mg value - can you buy xanax online legally

Anonymous said...

xanax online prescription xanax pill finder - can u buy xanax online

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol recreational erowid - carisoprodol 1050 mg

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol 50 mg abuse - day 5 tramadol withdrawal

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol 50mg usa - tramadol no prescription usa

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol carisoprodol online cheap - generic drug carisoprodol

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax maoi drug - rebound effects xanax

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online buy tramadol money order - tramadol 50 mg 4 times a day

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol y naproxeno - buy carisoprodol online us

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol soma carisoprodol drug test - can you overdose carisoprodol

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg how to abuse carisoprodol - side effects carisoprodol tablets

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg what is soma carisoprodol tablets 350mg - carisoprodol good high

Anonymous said...

cialis online buy viagra cialis online - cialis prescription online usa

Anonymous said...

xanax online buy xanax online canada - what does xanax and alcohol feel like

Anonymous said...

buy generic cialis online no prescription cialis price prescription - generic cialis results

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax effects bodybuilding - xanax overdose much too much

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online effects of tramadol addiction - tramadol withdrawal+muscle aches

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online buy generic cialis online in usa - cialis retail cost

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis 20mg online kaufen - cialis online with mastercard

Anonymous said...

xanax online reducing xanax dosage - xanax overdose happens

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax dosage high - xanax online mastercard

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis online buy - buy cheap brand cialis

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis price euro - best place buy cialis online

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online buy brand name cialis online - buy generic cialis online review

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax pills bars - xanax bars and alcohol

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online buy cialis online usa paypal - buy cialis without rx

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis online order - generic cialis 20mg

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online no rx xanax withdrawal vision - 1 mg xanax effects erowid

Anonymous said...

cialis online buy cialis online usa - cialis tablet price

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax xr vs generic - order xanax online cheap

Anonymous said...

xanax online one time use xanax drug test - what's the xanax high like

Anonymous said...

buy generic cialis online no prescription cialis mechanism of action - cialis online canadian pharmacy

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online xanax wiki - pictures generic xanax bars

Anonymous said...

xanax online xanax overdose what to do - xanax side effects in dogs

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis 20 mg tablets - cialis online fast delivery

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis price increase - cialis 10mg daily

Anonymous said...

buy generic cialis buy cialis prescription online - buy cheap cialis australia

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online cheap tramadol 4h2 - tramadol 50 mg image