Fanfare is a fortnightly culture review podcast with fashion journalist Monica Ainley de La Villardière and cookbook author and Greenhouse co-founder Emma Knight. In every episode we discuss the books, movies, shows, and etceteras that are inspiring us, troubling us, or just getting us talking.
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Is This the Golden Age of Television?
41:27Are we living in the Golden Age of television? Or are we just addicted to the binge? In this episode, an Omi-bliterated Monica and a toddler-addled Emma make it their New Year’s resolution to watch more television (manageable goals, people!). We call upon Hannah J Davies, a critic and culture writer for The Guardian, to be our TV guide. Hannah takes us on a tour of the infinite content available on streaming platforms, and brings an inside lens to our burning questions about television today. We discuss the curiously compelling antiheroes of Billions and Succession, the just-in-time cultural catharsis provided by shows like The White Lotus, the record-breaking steam train that is Bridgerton, the Seinfeld Factor™, and the one-too-many-Oreos feeling brought on by the 2000s Revival. Please don your ugliest pyjama pants, the ones that are turning grey and have lost all elasticity, and join us on the couch. Show Notes:Golden Age of TV? Spotify Playlist by DJ Monica DLVWrite to us at [email protected]!Let’s hang out on the Internet (it’s not like we’re going anywhere IRL!):Monica Ainley DLV @monicaainleyDLVEmma Knight @emmalknightHannah J Davies on Twitter @hannahjdaviesShows and articles we mention (and where we think you can find them, as of writing):Billions (SHOWTIME, Prime)Succession (HBO Max, Prime)The White Lotus (HBO Max, Netflix)Bridgerton (Netflix)Go, Dog. Go! (Netflix)The Grinch in question (Apple)The Squid Game (Netflix)Lupin (Netflix)Seinfeld (Netflix)“Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV by Kyle Chayka via The New Yorker‘Why do I want to write about these awful, rich, evil people?’: the making of Succession by Hannah J Davies via The GuardianAnd Just Like That (HBO Max)Podcast about “There’s Something About Miriam” → Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera Written by Agnes Borinsky and hosted by Trace Lysette via WonderyThe Crown (Netflix)Hanna’s Top 3 Shows of 2021:It’s A Sin (Prime)The White Lotus (HBO Max, Netflix)Succession (HBO Max, Prime)Thank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Viney-Bentley. See you in two weeks! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
(North) Americans in Paris: An Interview with Adam Gopnik
1:10:35Ernest Hemingway first arrived in Paris in December of 1921. One hundred years later, Emily in Paris is back for another season. Why, chers amis, do we continue to be captivated by stories of Americans in Paris? To get to the bottom of this question, Monica and Emma enlist the help of one of our favourite writers (about Paris and in general): the author and essayist Adam Gopnik. A New Yorker staff writer since 1986, Gopnik moved with his wife and infant son from New York to Paris in 1995 and began filing real-life French dispatches under the New Yorker’s then-editor Tina Brown. Select essays from the “Paris Journal,” as the dispatches were known in the magazine, became his book Paris to the Moon (2000), which one might argue was responsible for rekindling North Americans’ infatuation with Paris for a new generation. In this interview with Gopnik, we seek to understand why it is that, as Oscar Wilde once put it, “when good Americans die, they go to Paris.”Thank you for listening! Send us your thoughts, feelings, reactions in an email or voice note: [email protected] (North) Americans in Paris playlist by D.J. MonicuddlesBooks, authors, etc. in order of mention:Paris to the Moon, by Adam GopnikAt the Strangers' Gate by Adam GopnikThrough the Children’s Gate by Adam GopnikLeaving Paris by Tigran HamasyanA Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism by Adam Gopnik“Why Don’t the French Celebrate Lafayette?” by Adam Gopnik via The New YorkerThe Garden of Eden, a posthumously published novel by Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest HemingwayThin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada by Bruce McCall“Is There a Crisis in French Cooking?” and “Couture Shock” by Adam Gopnik via The New Yorker (also in Paris to the Moon)Molière: The Complete Richard Wilbur TranslationsThank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Viney-Bentley.C’est tout! Thank you for rating + reviewing + recycling + subscribing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hot Fiction for Cold Nights
1:01:17Disclaimer: You may want to plug in your earphones for this one–it’s a bit spicy. In our second episode, Emma and Monica attempt to defrost the long, cold nights of winter with a conversation about sex in fiction. After a spirited game of two truths and a lie, we discuss our bedside reads of the year, from Sally Rooney’s new take on steamy millennial malaise in Beautiful World, Where Are You to Tia Williams’s Seven Nights in June, by way of Bridget Jones, Anne Boleyn, Jane Eyre, Jilly Cooper, Emma’s mom Colleen Flood, and more (see notes below). We talk about how books that *go there* have enlightened and entertained us over the years, read out some passages we love, and argue in favour of reading across the brows.Thank you for listening! Send us your thoughts, feelings, reactions in an email or voice note: [email protected] Monica Ainley DLV @monicaainleyDLVEmma Knight @emmalknightHot tracks for cold nights playlist by D.J. MonicuddlesBooks, authors, etc. in order of mention:On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwanFemale Spanish thriller writer Carmen Mola revealed to be three men (Three not four!)James Joyce’s Love Letters to His “Dirty Little F***bird” by Nadja Spiegelman in The Paris ReviewMiddlemarch by George Elliot (Emma’s fanfic as yet unwritten)Breath by James NestorBeautiful World, Where Are You by Sally RooneyNormal People by Sally Rooney (+ screen adaptation!)Conversations with Friends by Sally RooneyDays of Abandonment by Elena FerranteBridget Jones’s Diary by Helen FieldingEmma’s early education in “Chick Lit” (said with love): Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, Marian Keyes, Meg CabotJudy Blume!! Where would the world be without her!?The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa GregoryHilary Mantel Trilogy: Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, The Mirror and the LightLady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. LawrencePortnoy’s Complaint by Philip RothAllan GurganusAuthors of Fiction Confront a Problem: How to Write About Sex by Sarah Lyall for NYTimesJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë + 2011* film adaptation (*not 2016! Another fact check) directed by Cary FukunagaBridgerton written by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda RhimesThe Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’NeillEmma’s mom, Colleen Flood, author of Bonding with GravityThank you to our producers Joel Grove and Matt Bentley-Viney.C’est tout! Thank you for rating + reviewing + recycling + subscribing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
An Imaginary Dinner Party with Nora Ephron Featuring Special Guest Pandora Sykes
42:11In our inaugural episode, we host an imaginary dinner party complete with menu and wardrobe for someone whose work we have been fanning out over since we were mere children in safari shorts and sweater vests: the journalist/writer/director/New York wit extraordinaire, Nora Ephron. Emma plans the menu, Monica plans the fashion, and special guest and fellow superfan Pandora Sykes arrives in time for pie. Trust us, even if you’ve never seen When Harry Met Sally or You’ve Got Mail, you won’t feel like a wallflower at this Nora Ephron fan orgy.**You’ll have to listen to see why we are talking about orgies.Thank you for coming! Send us your thoughts, feelings, asterices, and addenda in an email or voice note: [email protected] Socialize with us:Monica Ainley de La Villardière @monicaainleyDLVEmma Knight @emmalknightZachary Kolomeir @thebusboyPandora Sykes @pandorasykesPlay(list) with us:Ode to Nora Ephron Playlist on Spotify by DJ Monicuddles DLVCook with us, aka the Fare of the Fans:Pommes Dauphine by Guy Savoy via NYTimes Cooking (similar to Zach’s wondrous instructions but w/ some measurements etc.)Nora Ephron’s Mashed Potatoes for One from The Cut (in case you’re not in a choux pastry kind of mood)Boeuf Bourguignon by Julia Child tweaked by Karina of Cafe Delites (don’t throw that pan at us! She saves you some washing-up)Mushroom Bourguignon by Melissa Clark via NYTimes Cooking (an umami plant-forward alternative that’s just as comforting)Nora Ephron’s Vinaigrette via Food and Wine (or just remember the magic formula: 2-2-6)Nora Ephron’s Recipe for Curing Infidelity aka Key Lime Pie via People (!)Raw, Vegan Key Lime Cups by Tara Tomulka via the Greenhouse blog six years ago (!!)Watch with us:Everything Is Copy by Jacob Bernstein, the source of most of Emma’s (fact-check pending) know-it-all assertionsYou’ve Got MailWhen Harry Met SallySleepless in SeattleJulie & Julia See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
0:37Fanfare is a fortnightly culture review podcast with fashion journalist Monica Ainley de La Villardière and cookbook author and Greenhouse co-founder Emma Knight. In every episode we discuss the books, movies, shows, and etceteras that are inspiring us, troubling us, or just getting us talking. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.