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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 4 (22), “A Whiff of Whiteness” with Steven Boone and Lauren Wissot

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HND@Grassroots: Season 2, Episode 4 (22), “A Whiff of Whiteness” with Steven Boone and Lauren Wissot

Our first episode sans both John and Vadim (don’t fret THE FUTURIST! and friends, they’ll be back next round) features House contributors Steven Boone and Lauren Wissot on the weighty subject of Ballast and the nutritive effects of Hunger. Texts referenced in the discussion include Armond White and Ed Gonzalez’s reviews (in New York Press and Slant Magazine, respectively) of Ballast; more of Lauren on Hunger can be found here.

We segue from that into the recent Cineaste symposium about the Internet’s effects on criticism, specifically Amy Taubin’s contribution, which references Steven (so jealous!) directly. All vanity (vanity, all is vanity!) and envy (away with ye, Barry Levinson!) aside, our chat takes some pretty interesting twists and turns (even an unanticipated side trip to Wall Street via Wall Street). And if you don’t believe me, well, chalk it up to the fact that I’m not as good at these intros as the indispensable Mr. Lichman, who’s still waiting (Russkie comrade at his side) for you to buy him a drink.

Get to it! Both Dow and Star Jones command you! Keith Uhlich

Steven Boone is a New York-based critic and filmmaker, a contributor to Vinyl Is Heavy and the publisher of Big Media Vandalism.

Keith Uhlich is editor of The House Next Door.

Brooklyn-based writer Lauren Wissot is the publisher of the blog Beyond the Green Door, the author of the memoir Under My Master’s Wings, and a columnist for Spout Blog.