Episode 468: The Shopping Cart is an Allegory Of The Soul

Consider the Oreo: On the Overthinking It Podcast, Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods leads us to consider the grocery store in pop culture and everyday life.

Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather extol the mystical and practical realities of the grocery store, including Mark’s harrowing personal story of abasement and crippling anxiety; Matt’s typology of grocery-enabled collisions between the individual and society; and Pete’s theory of Tony the Tiger and the challenge he poses to children everywhere.

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Matthew Wrather started Overthinking It in 2008 with his smartest, funniest friends, and has hosted over 500 hours of podcasts on the site. An LA native, he is an actor and computer programmer, but has worked as a writer, tower bell-ringer, birthday party clown, poet, janitor, and call center manager. He also has a Twitter and a Tumblr.

5 Comments on “Episode 468: The Shopping Cart is an Allegory Of The Soul”

  1. Margo #

    I loved this podcast, not despite but rather because the grocery store horror of which you speak is such a first world problem. I appreciate how you can make a heroic quest out of just about anything:. Today I returned some books to the library. It was a heroic quest.

    As a follow up, may a suggest a trip to the farmers market, should you have one handy.

    May I ask what Mark would had done had he been unable to reach his wife? Buy all three varieties of miso paste? Or does the price point of miso paste render that option untenable?

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    • Mark Lee OTI Staff #

      “May I ask what Mark would had done had he been unable to reach his wife? Buy all three varieties of miso paste? Or does the price point of miso paste render that option untenable?”

      I would have given myself another 5 minutes of Google searches to see which kind of miso paste matched the recipe as I understood it, after which I would have probably just bought all 3 types.

      In case it wasn’t obvious, the miso paste story was embellished slightly for dramatic effect. Only slightly though. Grocery shopping in NYC really does give me quite a lot of anxiety.

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      • Margo #

        Thanks Mark. Embellished as it was, I found your quest to be quite compelling.

        I have only been to NYC a few times (I live in Nova Scotia) and I am amazed at the edible abundance of that city, or at least the parts of Manhattan I visited. Food deserts are a problem throught North America, although that topic may have been beyond the scope of your podcast.

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