Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for February 11, 2009 – “Manufacturing Joy”

Here is the direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for February 11, 2009. I play a song from Amy Ray and another from 3canal; I talk about the dichotomy of thinking of oneself as a happy person but not actually being happy that much; I discuss Poppy Z. Brite’s Liquor books; about joining the Minicomic of the Month club; about collecting comics and about Danger Woman; I play one more 3canal song and then exit before my CF card fills.

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Poppy Brite on New Orleans +5 months

Poppy Z. Brite lets rip a little of how she feels on the 5 month anniversary of Katrina landfall.

Of course I am mad as hell: at the Army Corps of Engineers who lied to us, at the White House and Congress who want our resources but don’t want to pay for them, at our local and state politicians and FEMA who left us to die, at other Americans who make cracks about the stupidity of living in a flood zone as they burn oil processed here and suck up the bounty of our waters and ports.

I loved her two newest novels, Liquor and Prime both of which are set in the New Orleans restaurant world.

EGC Clambake for September 11, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for September 11, 2005.

I talk about the “blame game” and how for some of us who live in potential hurricane paths, this is not a game but a basic question about whether we will be left to die in an emergency; Sonia Tetlow is safe and I play one of her songs; I talk about our party; I play a promo for the Dr. Floyd program; I talk about the Podcast and Portable Media Expo; I play another song by Sonia; I talk about Poppy Z. Brite and her New Orleans restaurant novels; I play another song by Sonia and wish you all a farewell.

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Small Favor

Poppy checks in so that at least her friends and acquaintances all know she and Chris are in Mississippi, safe if not sound. They are without power, but things there are not as dire as at their actual home. Although they are both alive, their animals are almost certainly dead or soon to be.

You know, she just finished a novel last week and I was going to email her this weekend to see if she would do an interview for the podcast. I had been holding off until she was past the final push, waiting for a calm time that will now not come soon, if it ever comes. They are effectively ruined. This would be a much worse story had they decided to wait it out in their home, but it surely sucks as it is.

She signs off asking people to pray for them. I’ll do my nearest equivalent, perhaps the sort of thing Hazel Motes might have been able to work up. This is grim shit, because this is one of the happy stories.

Update: Holy crap, rescue teams actually saved some of the pets!