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Episode 382: Dan McQuade

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This week, we’re joined by Dan McQuade (Defector Media) to discuss humor columnist Dave Barry’s debut novel, Big Trouble. Both Dan and Mike were big fans of Dave Barry’s humor writing as teens, while Tom apparently skipped right over his newspaper column each week on his way to The Family Circus and Heathcliff. We talk about how difficult it can be to maintain a consistent tone in a “wacky” novel, as well as the ill-fated movie version of the book, which had the bad fortune of having a September 2001 release date as well as a climactic scene featuring a bomb on a plane. We also talk to Dan about Defector Media, the worker-owned company he’s been writing for since the collapse, via venture capital shitheads, of Deadspin.

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