Episode 394: I Was a Big Fan of My Work

On the Overthinking It Podcast we talk about the many notable snubs of the 2016 Oscar nominations and mark the passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman with appreciations of their careers.

Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, John Perich, and Matthew Wrather discuss why they are boycotting the Oscars, and for what reason, before discussing mortality, identity, and liberal education in connection with the passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

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4 Comments on “Episode 394: I Was a Big Fan of My Work”

  1. Emil #

    Matt: Nobody complained about Bowie

    Minutes after the outpouring of sympathy I’ve read few posts on Tumblr that can be summarized as “Who gives a fuck about old white guy, who was a rapist pedophile?”.


    • Matthew Wrather OTI Staff #

      I guess I was talking more about Faceobok, which is my main social website. You know, I’m a little out of touch with the discourse on Tumblr, though I have a few.

      It’s an interesting middle spot in types of online discourse—more 4channic than Facebook, not as 4channic as fully anonymous sites. The anonymity has something to do with it, but I think there’s also something about the product design as well, in how tightly lumped together comments and replies are; how closely the thing resembles a threaded online forum.


  2. Adrian #

    I’ve always been a “Sense and Sensibility” Alan Rickman fan. Emma Thompson has a great anecdote about writing some dialogue for him to make his character more mysterious, and then realizing afterward that it had been unnecessary, because “Alan Rickman would be mysterious playing the mailman.”


    • clayschuldt #

      See, now I am upset that we never got a film with Rickman playing a mailman.
      Just imagine it: Rickman in a single scene, playing a random nameless mailman with only a single line of dialogue.
      That alone would have inspired countless Overthinking It articles.


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