Dan Spencer is the author of several highly praised novels. His writing career began in 2001 with the independent publication of Four Wheels Good, a fictionalized account of the first men to drive across America. His experiences run the gamut from professional stand-up comedy to writing for a PBS television series to acting in independent films to standing naked in his shower. He has a BFD from the University of Nevermind and in his spare time he likes to blah blah blah blah blah…
Look, I don’t mean to be an asshole, but a bio is irrelevant and, like most resumes, usually a crock of shit. When it comes to buying and reading my books, who I am should not be part of your decision-making process. Allow me to make my case.
Did you know the following facts about the late Steve Jobs?
He was a pescetarian. Only ate fish and vegetables.
He was adopted.
His biological father was a Syrian Muslim.
He was a college drop out.
He was a Buddhist.
Does knowing that information have any meaningful effect on whether or not you buy iPods and iPhones? Probably not. Why? Because it’s not about the creator. IT’S ABOUT THE PRODUCT!
Do you see my point? My past, my personal life, and who I know - and, believe me, I can drop some big names on you - shouldn’t matter one iota.
If you want to know all about me, please read my novels. That’s where you’ll find me.
Originally Broadcast June 5, 2012. Howie Klein is the founder and treasurer of Act Blue the Political Action Committee that supports progressive causes. He also writes daily for Down With Tyranny and is a frequent contributor to Crooks And Liars. Howie is perhaps best known for his role as President of Reprise Records from 1989 to 2001. He is also an adjunct professor of music at McGill University in Montreal, where he sometimes lectures. Along with Kevin Rooney and Rick Overton. Portions of today’s program were written by Ben Zelevansky.
Talk Show Bullies, Nasty Showrunners, The C Word, Censoring Teachers, Understanding Conservative Paranoia, Dualism, The Dangers Of Unity, Productivity, Brainstorming, Democracy In Greece, Unions in China, Sequoia Capital, Mark Zuckerberg Is A Puppet, You Can’t Win In America, Slavery In China, and the Minnesota Comedy Scene, in another great roundtable with Comedians Jeff Cesario, Jimmy Dore, Stefane Zamorano and Frank Conniff. Jeff Cesario is an Emmy award winning writer currently writing on this year’s Academy Awards. He has appeared on every talk show and his comedy specials have aired on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and Fox.