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Episode 72: The JV Club
Etta Devine
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The JV Club #72: Etta Devine

From growing up as a lovably snobby kid nerd in Chico, CA to making award-winning indie movies, Etta Devine (The Selling) talks saints, science and sugar in episode 72 of the podcast, where coincidental references to both the “N” word and the “V” word occur.

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  1. Travis says:

    Re: Replacing the ‘n-word’ with “robot.”  The irony, of course, being that the word “robot” came from the Czech word for “serf labor” and traces back to older terms for things like “servitude” and “hard work.”

  2. Juls says:

    Acropolis! Man, I’ve been there and it took me a while to retrieve the word from the depths of my brain. Thanks, age.

  3. Todd Mason says:

    Scott, you get William Devane attached, as the fatherly/grandfatherly neighbor, and you’re greenlit all the way, at TVLand if not TBS.

  4. Scott B. says:

    I just had this AWESOME 1980’s sitcom idea – – – One’s a wisecrackin’ vegan scientist, the other a churchgoin’, no-nonsense BBQ rib joint owner, forced to share the same house because of a mix-up of their names! One’s booksmart who feels nothing is sacred, the other is streetsmart who puts all her trust in faith! It’s Etta Devine and Loretta Devine, starring in the Etta and Loretta Show!! Can these 2 learn to get along? (“Ooooooh!!!”) Maybe, if they’re not careful, they’ll learn from each other! (“Ahhhhh!”) I think I can sell this to TBS!!!

  5. Joseph Young says:

    Wow! Mega-shout-out. I’m super honored… 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    On little kids and gender identity- Jean Piaget, who developed the framework for all that we child development people do, called those little boxes in kid’s brains “schemas,” and they keep developing until the day we die. Around the age of 3 or so, kid’s ideas of gender start to form, but they aren’t so great at fitting something so complicated into their still-devloping schemas. That’s why we get little girls who will only wear pink, pink, pink, like Constance Zimmer talked about in her episode. Then their cognitive skills get better and better and they phase out of that. It’s cool stuff; kids’ minds are amazing.

    Ps- Janet, if you have issues with agave and other high-fructose sugars, you might benefit from looking into FODMAPs, if you haven’t already. There are certain types of sugars/carbs that people with sensitive stomachs have an especially hard time with.

  7. TM says:

    “or somesuch”, that should be…

  8. Todd Mason says:

    Excellent, as usual…and I have only the most niggling of suggestions, that we should all keep in mind that “Twain”/Clemens uses the language he does in THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN because he’s both portraying and criticizing…relentlessly…the stupidity and casual cruelty of the default assumptions of his characters and their real-life contemporaries (of forty-fifty years in the past as he was writing). Note how much Huck is arguing with himself toward the end, deciding he might as well help Jim escape and thus damn himself, Huck, to Hell for this crime against God and Man…which transgression Huck still feels bad about, even though he feels against his societally-ingrained moral sense that helping Jim is more important. And these days people assume that Twain was a yahoo (or a bing) of somesuch. Though the degree of detournment Etta Devine describes in her edition does sound amusing.

  9. Vincent S says:

    Ohh, the small crush I have/had on Etta was justified. :/ only 30 mins into the podcast though (X_X 2:34 am). She might turn out to be a horrible human being before the podcast ends. So….

  10. PJ says:

    People who don’t eat pork are wrong. There, I said it. (Says the guy who just went to a vegetarian restaurant last night, with quite a few friends who don’t eat pork, including one who bears a striking resemblance to Gabriel Diani, or at least I thought when I saw The Selling that the main character looked a lot like my friend). But really, Homer Simpson was right, it is a wonderful, magical animal for those of us who have no quarrel feasting on its flesh.

    Anyway, since there was talk of the vagina, it’s another perfect excuse to link to another Brassens’ song devoted to that part of the female anatomy, lamenting the fact that there’s no really elegant word for it, and that one of those words is (the French equivalent to) the C word…