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Feb 23Liked by PJ Vogt

These are both about a year old now but if you have a chunk of time to fill, the podcasts “City of the Rails” and “The Girlfriends” are two standouts that I keep coming back to. They are smart and exploratory and, for me, convey a sense that the creators are feeling their way through the story as they tell it - something that I love about Search Engine.

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Feb 23Liked by PJ Vogt

Militarie Gun & Dazy - Pressure Cooker is my favorite of theirs.

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Re: Zipolite -- it's a Scene, dude. A Scene. Mazunte: also a Scene. If you get tired of the Scene sneak of to Puerto Angel, which has nothing in particular and everything in general to recommend it. The swimming is fine and the vibe is real. Here's my post on it: https://open.substack.com/pub/bicyclebuddha/p/trusting-the-true-dragon

Love your pod, thanks so much for it.

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Great episode! My upper west side apartment growing up had a terrible roach problem in the 70s, which my mom eradicated before Combat by hiring a specialist. But Combat was useful for keeping them at bay later on...and we still use them today, along with Wirecutter's top recommendation, the TERRO T500s, when we see the occasional critter. They're not all gone, after all...

DAZY and Hotline TNT are even better than Militarie Gun, IMHO. And some other great, noisy stuff is included here: https://anearful.substack.com/p/best-of-2023-rock-folk-etc

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Feb 24Liked by PJ Vogt

Catherine Lacy's Biography of X is the best book I've read in a year.

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Feb 23Liked by PJ Vogt

Thank you to Hanna Rosin for her recommendation of "Molly," which is going on my reading list. Rosin mentioned weighing whether there were other examples of books that evoke ethical questions around writing a fictionalized memoir of a partner's life. I know F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night," while ostensibly fiction, has been a subject of controversy over the years for the depth and fidelity with which it dives into his wife Zelda's life and mental illness. Fitzgerald even inscribed a copy of the novel to his wife's psychiatrist (https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a9530142/f-scott-fitzgerald-tender-is-the-night-zelda/).

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Feb 23Liked by PJ Vogt

This Militarie Gun song slaps. Good rec! On the note of punk(ish) stuff, I've found myself enthralled with "Object Permanence" by Arm's Length. I keep rewriting my reasons for why you should listen, but I'll leave it out. It's just so so good.

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Good for you to take a few days away.

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Feb 23Liked by PJ Vogt

Recs for traveling: I just finished Rachel Kushner’s “Telex from Cuba” and couldn’t stop thinking about it for a week. It drew me in so much I felt like I was there.

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If you haven’t watched Mr. Robot - the time is now!!

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The two most recent episodes of Sam Harris' podcast "Making Sense" have been very interesting (guest Peter Zeihan and John Gray). I also loved the "What's your Problem" episode on AI in medicine, guest Suchi Saria (but ok, I work in healthcare...). And lastly, the latest episode of "Another Podcast" with Benedict Evans and Toni Cowan-Brown was also very interesting, on breaking and re-making media.

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I don't remember if you like sci-fi, but I'm currently finishing Derek Kunsken's Quantum Evolution trilogy and it's brilliant.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/260379-the-quantum-evolution

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Feb 23Liked by PJ Vogt

Reverend Kristen Michael Hayter’s newest album Saved! is a lot of fun!

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Why was the epic victory of cockroaches not publicized? My thought is American Cyanamid wished to avoid attention. At the time, many people would have read Silent Spring, documenting the environmental harm caused by the indiscriminate use of DDT, and the chemical industry's role in spreading disinformation. I imagine there was a climate of mistrust, and the long term impact of cockroach elimination was unknown.

What a great show! There is something magical about Search Engine.

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Here in Texas there are roaches everywhere. Small invading German roaches, and big water bugs that come in from the outside. I keep all my food in the refrigerator or tape it closed to protect from roaches. I got rid of my toaster because they were getting in there to eat the crumbs; now I just make toast in the broiler. If I leave my dishes out to dry overnight, sometimes I have to wash them again in the morning because they have roach poop on them. I've had to throw away possessions because they were in a cupboard infested with roaches and they got all chewed up and pooped on. I've lost sleep after seeing a roach on/near my bed. And I'm not alone, everyone has a roach story. I get them exterminated but they come back the next year. It doesn't matter if I clean every day, they keep coming.

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loved the guest! does anyone know what the study she mentions arounds 36 minutes in is? The one by Adam something about the decline of the world? (additionally, just started the newest podcast and the first thing PJ mentions is this article written by Max Reed? reid? about Hearthstone and I'm desperately trying to find that one as well!!)

pj i just want to go on a fun little daisy chain of citations :(

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Went looking and this was all I could find, seems to me like she misunderstood what the research found.

https://www.adammastroianni.com/research

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Unfortunate...thank you so much for finding it!

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