Guest Picks: PJ Vogt

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Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt at WNYC

PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman from TLDR were on the show July 28, 2014 to talk about internet culture and the influence of social media. PJ Vogt is a fan of apocalyptic detective fiction. Find out what else he's a fan of!

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

I just finished The Last Detective trilogy by Ben Winters, which is a series of books about a detective who’s solving his cases in the last few months before an asteroid hits earth and kills everyone. It was so good. It’s bleak and funny, which is a nice combination if you can find it. Everywhere the hero goes, people ask him, “Why would you possibly care about doing your job, knowing that we’re all going to die soon?” Which, when you think about it, is a question you could ask anyone, ever. Anyway, it’s a good and fun read.


What are you listening to right now?

 A lot of Neutral Milk Hotel songs. They just toured, but  I missed them, so maybe this is a sort of penance.


What’s the last great book you read? 

OK, besides The Last Detective, I just read the new David Mitchell book, The Bone Clocks, which was unsurprisingly very good. It felt a lot like Cloud Atlas – big jumps in time, six sketches of very different characters who overlap sometimes, etc. His books feel the way reading epic books felt as a kid. They just have a giantness to them that sucks you in.


What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

 Unfortunately I think I am very, very, very predictable & vocal about the things I like. I’m not sure I have any surprises.


What’s your favorite comfort food? 

Cold fried chicken.