This week, Josh and Dietrich are joined by an old friend, as Christopher Merchant decides to sit in on a difficult and challenging episode. How do you find storytelling about the police that still feels acceptable given recent events? The trio discuss the difficulty of the old tropes of "the cop that breaks all the rules" in an era highlighting the ugliest in police violence, and try to find stories that look at police through a more honest lens. The examine a dystopian film, a comedy that faces the darker side of policing, and debate whether the iconic David Simon series still holds up as the hallmark of police dramas. In addition, Josh talks about James Ellroy, Christ is published in a new San Francisco literary journal, and Dietrich talks about easily the most esoteric and bizarre thing they've ever touched upon. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussed this week:
5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel
"No Idea California", published in the San Franciscan
Josh Mauthe is an English teacher, and a book and film critic. Dietrich Stogner is an author, former journalist, and game critic.