6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass

Jun 9, 2014

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We are in the midst of a cultural movement…it’s called Twee and boy is it precious. Today we look into the gentle revolution that is Twee…from artisanal pickles to Wes Anderson films, why this retro wish for innocence is thriving. Then, we hear from a local jazz musician who has just released his debut album to good reviews. He has a long career ahead of him since he’s only 20 years old. Plus, a conversation with comedian Todd Glass. He’s been performing stand-up since 1982, but he made his boldest move in 2012 when he came out publicly as gay on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF.

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Twee: The Gentle Revolution

Author, playwright and journalist Marc Spitz proposes Twee is the most important cultural movement since hip-hop. But what exactly is Twee? In his new book, Twee: the Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film, Spitz attempts to outline a broad aesthetic that envelopes everything precious.

The Music of Michael Blum

Michael Blum is hanging out his shingle in the jazz world, and already getting good reviews for his melodic style and breezy improvisations. The twenty year old guitarist will be playing at the canoe club in Hanover on June 15 and at the New Hampshire Bass Fest on June 21 at SNHU.

Here's a video of Michael Blum, live in Studio D.

Cape Cod Figure Drawing, Revealed

Andrew Norton brings us his story – and a revealing look into the mind of a model for a Cape Cod figure drawing class.

The Todd Glass Situation

Two-and-a-half years have passed since the groundbreaking moment on WTF when he came out on air, and Todd Glass writes about it in his new book The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies About My Personal Life, and a Bunch of True Stories About My 30-Year Career in Standup Comedy.

To Twee or Not to Twee

Author Mark Spitz answered some of our more specific questions when we gave him a quick quiz about “Twee or Not to Twee,” where he gives rulings on whether things like snowshoes and maple syrup are Twee.