Mary Jo Pehl is a seasoned writer and performer on both Rifftrax and seasons 4-10 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. She joins me today to talk about her book Dumb Dumb Dumb: My Mother’s Book Reviews (also available on her website and Amazon). We start off with the difficult process of resolving grief and the sometimes necessity to do so with a bit of humor, and this rolls into a discussion of the mechanics of riffing… and some speculation about educational shorts in particular.
A lot of research is going to come from this discussion. At one point, I mention a quote from Bill Gates discussing what computers can’t do to save the world.
Billy Mays III is a progressive rock musician who has spent years finding different ways to layer experimental sounds. As Infinite Third, you can track the path his music has taken over the past decade. Billy Mays also happens to be the son of the late TV pitchman, who developed a fan following apart from OxyClean and Mighty Putty.
In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Billy Mays and I discuss how his father’s passing directly affected his musical path, and how loss and creativity are connected. We also celebrate the ways in which fans are affected by artists in unexpected ways– his father (and the memes he inspired) being great examples. As if that weren’t enough, Billy Mays III is a fan of comic books, and how awesome is that?
Christen Stovall is the author of the Song of Souls trilogy of novels. We cover a lot of ground about fiction, reality, life, death, and eating giant turkey legs at the Renaissance Fair. During the discussion, she mentions that the third book, Boundless, in the series is done, and that the Kindle Version of the second book, Soulfire, is on sale.
Here’s where you can keep tabs on Christen and her work: