This week Wesley catches Alex up with what he’s seen at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Alex catches Wesley up on how little he missed of Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy movie.
They then compare Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” discussing how the latter seems to be a response to the pop conditions that produced the former. They also wonder why it’s so difficult for Minaj to reach her cruising altitude as a star rapper: It’s like she’s always on defense while Swift never seems to be, even though it often feels as if she should be.
Finally, they discuss the career of Joan Rivers, who died last week at the age of 81.
Also, good news: There’s finally a new book for next month’s book talk: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book One. It’s the first volume of six. Look out.
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Here are links to topics discussed in this week’s show:
“Shake It Off” vs. “Anaconda”
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, music video, 2014
“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj, music video, 2014
“Nicki Minaj Reclaims the Twerk in the ‘Anaconda’ Music Video,” Grantland, August 20, 2014
“Remembering Joan Rivers (1933–2014),” Grantland, September 5, 2014
“Comedy As Coping Mechanism: Remembering Joan Rivers,” Grantland, September 5, 2014
Fashion Police, 2011
The Tonight Show, 1984
The Carol Burnett Show, 1974