S01 - E10 - Resolution, or, The Void Gobbles Back *NEW*

Audio Giftie / Audience Qs / Big Buddhie / Resolution


Can a conversational romp have a finale? Have Neil and James run out of turkeys? Find out--once and for all--in the Talking Turkey season finale.

With nary a butterball in sight, Neil and James receive a "giftie," before chasing after some listener turkeys. In the end, all that seems to matter is an old apartment, a telephone pole, and a really "big buddhie."

Stick around for the extended outro as the lads peer into the show's murky future.

Works Cited:

Charlotte Bronte: "Giftie" from Villette, Vol. 2, Ch XVI:

"I noted them all - the third person as well as the other two - and for the fraction of a moment believed them all strangers, thus receiving an impartial impression of their appearance. But the impression was hardly felt and not fixed, before the consciousness that I faced a great mirror, filling a compartment between two pillars, dispelled it: the party was our own party. Thus for the first, and perhaps only time in my life, I enjoyed the 'giftie' of seeing myself as others see me. No need to dwell on the result. It brought a jar of discord, a pang of regret; it was not flattering, yet, after all, I ought to be thankful; it might have been worse."

Barenaked Ladies - The Old Apartment [Youtube]

Matthew Good Band - Everything is Automatic [Youtube]

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein, 1818 ed. [ebook]

Gilles Deleuze [Wikipedia] - Immanence: A Life [pdf], from Pure Immanence: Essays on A Life (2001),  25-35.

Martin Heidegger [Wikipedia] - The Thing [pdf]

Steve Hagen - Buddhism Plain and Simple [Amazon]

S01 - E09 - Tight Smile

Office Greetings / Romanticism / Professorial Type


As season one flaps towards completion, Neil and James consider the minimally effective office greeting--the tight smile--before contemplating some looser alternatives. 

With beaks pursed, the turkeys then waddle into their own field of study--Romanticism--and consider what makes someone a Romanticist. Is there a type? 

From here, these would-be professors consider a few professorial types, which inevitably devolves into a character study of a professor who doesn't believe in pants...

Works Cited:

Stanley Kubrick - A Clockwork Orange final scene [Youtube]

Lovejoy, A. O. "The Meaning of Romanticism for the Historian of Ideas." Journal of the History of Ideas, 2.3 (1941): 257–278. http://doi.org/10.2307/2707131

Slavoj Zizek - In Defence of Lost Causes [Verso]

Mary Shelley - Frankenstein, 1818 ed. [ebook]

Lord Byron's death [Wikipedia]

Percy Shelley's death (Wikipedia]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Wikipedia) - Kubla Kahn [text], composition of [Wikipedia]

Stanley Kubrick - The Shining kitchen scene [Youtube]


S01 -E08 - Gobble Up The Darkness

Facts / Wonder / Work / It is What It Is


Neil and James take a walk on the dark side...

The fellows begin with a thorough airing of their beef with facts.  By way of “daddy’s war book” and portable internet, the two find consolation in Wordsworth and the possibility of undertaking a serious late-life pscychedelics binge. 

From here, the boys explore the shift from innocence to experience that occurs when one makes the transition into the working world.  Weighing the rhetoric of Arcade Fire, Mac Demarco, and—quelle surprise—Wordsworth against the necessity of having to go work, the fellows find themselves surprised by facts after all. 

Then, Neil follows James on one of his Guelph river rambles.  As James pushes further down the river he finds a series of dwellings that move from the innocence of a teenage hideaway to something far more fitting of the deep, dark woods. 

Next, it is what it is—is it? It is not.  The boys visit this heavily trafficked phrase and parse out its meaning by tracing its trajectory from a genuine place of linguistic impasse to the statement of postmodern apathy.  Finally, Neil and James take some time to consider where Talking Turkey fits in a cultural context that seems to demand substantial takeaways.  In so doing the fellows come to their own dark realization that the alliterative “TT” casts Talking Turkey as the strange foil to Ted Talks.  In the end it is all mist, and that is just fine.   

Works Cited:

Charles Dickens - Hard Times [wikipedia]

Quentin Meillassoux [wikipedia bio] - After Finitude [book]

Michael Pollan - The Trip Treatment [New Yorker psychedelics article]

Robert Duncan - The Agony of Jimmy Quinlan [ Short nfb film, 27:07]

Mac DeMarco - Brother [youtube]

TED Talks - Johann Hari - "Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong" [Youtube, 14:42]

S01 - E07 - Neil's List

The Shining / Enrique / Pronouncing the Word "Lawyer"


A classic turkey romp in advance of American Thanksgiving, Episode 7 offers an update on Neil's "postie" training, followed a tour through his nearly endless list. Topics range free and this one goes to 12.  

Works Cited:

Shaggy "Angel" (2000)

Kreative Kontrol (with Vish Khanna) EP#38: Krist Novoselic

"Grohl your way to the top" (Learning to Fly - Foo Fighters)

Mr Destiny (1990) - Jim Belushi - Trailer

The Moment with Brian Koppleman

The Tim Ferriss Show

Stanley Kubrick - The Shining (1980): Jack Nicholson scene (tennis ball)