Happy Monday to you! Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. When podcasts rule the world. Did you happen to see the opinion piece called If we all got lost in podcasts, the world would be a better place on The Guardian's website last week? It put the biggest smile on my face. Actress and stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe writes about the ways in which podcasts changed her worldview (for the better, of course). She says, "I want to live in a world where a podcast is prime minister and the cabinet is made up of The Guilty Feminist, All Killa No Filla, Invisibilia, The Infinite Monkey Cage, the Elis James and John Robins Show, Serial, Answer Me This, Adam Buxton, Richard Herring and Serial again, because it's so good it can hold two governmental positions." She goes on to say, "When podcasts are in charge there will be no wars, just ears." As a massive podcast fan, I totally agree. Go check it out if you haven't yet. And if you know someone who's totally late to the podcast game, do them a favor and send it their way, too.
2. The Timbre's hiatus. Did you see this announcement posted on The Timbre's homepage last Wednesday? Devon, Eric, and LJ -- the brilliant team behind The Timbre -- are taking some time off for a breather. They wrote, "We're turning off the lights and locking up the doors for the next month ... It's a passion project and one we do at night, on weekends, on our commutes to work, and in the spaces between appointments, meetings, and just, you know, life. And right now our lives are too hectic to give it the attention it needs." I want to believe that the team will be back at it next month with their thoughtful podcast reviews and perfectly curated playlists, but the tone of their note has not left me hopeful. So in the meantime, I'll be scouring the site's archives, re-reading their best interviews and essays (like this and this), and hoping very hard for a rapid (and refreshed, of course) return.
3. A sound mixing interview. Have you been following Man Repeller's career month? Last week, they featured team member Nicholas "Quazzy" Herd, the audio engineer behind Leandra Medine's weekly podcast Monocycle. The interview is short, but it's really great. Quazzy covers it all: the basics of his job mixing audio, how he finds balance between clean and sterile sound, and the role that yoga has played in making him a more attentive listener. I'm someone who often overlooks the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating a great podcast, so I really appreciate that the team featured his work. Check it out, if you haven't. Also, I'd recommend tuning in to the latest upload from Monocycle (Careers) if you're interested in hearing more about what goes on at Man Repeller. It's a good one.