Episode 62: Dave Eggers, Longshot Journalism, and pseudo-Millionaires

This week: Author/artist/publisher Dave Eggers tells us something he CAN’T do… A British Major fails the cough test… and a long-shot Longshot. Plus a joke from Tony Millionaire and music from Belle & Sebastian.

Icebreaker: Tony Millionaire
Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Tony Millionaire, creator of “Maakies” and “Sock Monkey,” takes a break from touting his new book Billy Hazelnuts & the Crazy Bird to regale us with a joke that’s plane dangerous.

Small Talk: Aaron Britt
Dwell columnist and senior editor Aaron Britt chats with Rico and Brendan about a print-industry Longshot — a magazine made in 48 hours.

A History Lesson With Booze: Who Wanted to Be a Millionaire and the “Deception
This week in 2001, British Army Major Charles Ingram, his wife Diana, and college lecturer Tecwen Whittock teamed up to win £1 Million on the UK version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” And if you’re thinking that show doesn’t allow teams… you’re right. Learn how they did it, then toast their chutzpah with a cocktail that’s not what it seems.

“Deception,” created for the DPD by Christian Self, bar manager at 39 Hotel in Honolulu, HI:

In a short glass, muddle:

  • two orange slices
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 oz. blood orange syrup

Then add:

  • 1 oz. orange vodka
  • 2 oz. campari

Add ice. Shake and serve. Tell your friends it’s a.) Sweet. Enjoy their coughs as they learn the final answer.

Guest of Honor: Dave Eggers
Indie-media mogul Dave Eggers is a bestselling author, screenwriter, publisher, and the leader of an educational nonprofit collective… oh, and he draws too. He chats with Rico about his new portfolio It Is Right To Draw Their Fur, the art of McSweeney’s, and about the one thing he can’t tolerate.

One For The Road: Belle and Sebastian – “Write about Love”
In October, Glasgow indie mainstays Belle and Sebastian drop their first studio album in four years — and judging by the title track, they haven’t forgotten how to strike a chord. It’s soul-inflected old-school pop, sung with a little help from Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan. Best listened to in a black cab on your way to the first club of the weekend.

Music On This Week’s Show:

Sea & Cake – “The Argument”

Aphex Twin – “Boy/Girl Song”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

Keith & Matthew Strachan – “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Theme”

AR Rahman – “Jai Ho”

The Beatles – “I Saw Her Standing There”

Air Miami – “I Hate Milk”