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Miscellaneous Bites: July 26, 2018

Leave me in a ditch, please

This is a weird one.

On the one hand, this story is tangentially related to podcasts. On the other hand, I’m the kind of person that believes everything is connected — that everything says something about something else. Really, I just wanted to link to this exquisite piece on Goop, the controversial Gwyneth Paltrow wellness site, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, but I need to justify it, so here’s the marginally relevant excerpt:

As of June, there were 2.4 million unique visitors to the site per month, according to the numbers Goop provided me. The podcast, which is mostly hosted by Loehnen and features interviews with wellness practitioners, receives 100,000 to 650,000 listens per week.

Alright, now go read the feature. It’s a piercing, acid-funny marvel.

Miscellaneous Bites

I’m reading…

  • Sarah Larson’s latest: “‘The Wilderness,’ Reviewed: Can a Partisan Podcast Save the Democratic Party?” (The New Yorker)
  • Podmass’s “The best podcasts of 2018 so far.” (AV Club)
  • Kate Knibbs’ Frasier reboot fanfic. (Twitter)
  • James Franco is in talks to direct an adaptation of James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ oral history of ESPN. (Collider)