Apple’s Frankly Irresponsible Art, Commerce, and Consumption, with Kathryn Xu

It’s a strange thing to know that a colleague you respect is about the same age as your pet. You won’t have to listen too far into this week’s episode to hear that Kathryn Xu and I discovered this, together, at last Winter’s Defector party; you won’t have to listen very closely to notice that we are both still processing this information. But if this is strange, and again it is quite strange, is also one of the fun things about working on Defector. If everyone I worked with grew up more or less at the same time as me, doing more or less the same things, the site would be boring, just a bunch of people upset about the shortcomings of Mets player development and how expensive sandwiches are these days. (The podcast, in this case, would sound pretty much like what Drew and I do together.)

Thanks to people like Kathryn on the team, however, we can do episodes that touch on the K-Pop era of Moneyball, F1 racing, hot pot best practices, AND MLB Free Agency. I can prove it here:

Much of this is stuff I don’t necessarily know or care that much about, though one of the things I’ve admired about Kathryn’s writing here, as in her piece on the hypercapitalist enterprise that is K -Pop, it’s her skill. not just to make these things interesting, but to connect it to the broader systems and structures and social fads that affect not only the things that I I DO takes care of, but basically everything else. And so it was that our K-Pop conversation, which kicked off the episode after the usual “that’s how disgusting I lived in my 20s” exchange, ended up touching not only on the confluence of art and commerce, but also the weird. the streaks of fame and the various varieties of authority and artifice that impose it, and the new kinds of strange oddities that this greenhouse environment creates. I wouldn’t say I was happy to learn about Company Stans, who support certain entertainment companies in the same way that some baseball fans end up with their GMs over the players, but I think it cleared up a few things. Also Drew talked about singing Eric Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes” in seventh grade, but didn’t sing it.

The episode gets sportier from there, as we talk about the two elite unsigned free agent players still waiting for MLB jobs and the plausible deniability aspect of this kind of free agency scam, and then F1, the kick Kathryn’s next big. I know about as much about this subject as I do about K-Pop, but Drew and Kathryn had some interesting insights into the quest for equality in this incredibly heavy and plutocratic sport, and what Kate Wagner’s strange saga has brought out- and-deleted (and republished, on Escape Collective) Road And Path the function reveals how F1 thinks of itself and wants to be thought of.

From there, it was food-related material, though we treated listeners to a look inside Defector’s editorial process versus Kathryn’s classic instant post on proper hot pot methods. This was going great until I realized how much Donald Trump loves white rice, but we bounced back thanks to Funbag questions that sent us into fruit-related fun — we celebrate the stuff in all its forms — and a discussion of forgotten Hollywood games and the bygone days of light/weird air travel. We ended up with Drew’s latest Fanatics Experience, a typical failed trade so ridiculous it would be criminal to spoil it here, though I will say that nothing in that experience changed Drew’s long-held opinion of the ubiquitous retailer and prone to flux. Kathryn was a capable co-pilot through it all. My pet turtle may be older than her and almost certainly less reliable, but she is a much more gracious and patient guest.

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