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]