Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday – Podgram


I never really understood peoples obsession with celebrities. I founpodgramd them pathetic, sick even; but ever since I developed my fascination for everything Fry I can understand why and how ones life can get out of his or hers control. Do not get me wrong, I do not have any plans to take my lawn chair and go sit in front of our protagonist’s apartment waiting for him to show his face, but taking into consideration human obsessive nature I’m begining to understand how some people might loose themselves in someone else’s life.

The reason why I’m babbling about nutjobs lacking human contact, is the shock and awe I felt when I heard Mr. Fry published his podcast without me knowing about it! The shock is even grater when you take into consideration that I listen to about dozen podcasts each week. I have my daily’s and weekly’s. In fact I listened to podcasts from the time far, far away, circa 2005, when podcasts were called netcasts. Yes I’m that old. Believe it or not, I even remember the time before iPod and iTunes, before Steve Jobs’ second coming and the time of Apple Newton (that reference is for Mr. Fry, probably the original Apple Fan Boy). So as soon as Roberta told me about the podcast I took it on myself to review Mr. Fry’s latest masterpiece.

As an expert on podcasting, I feel relatively competent in saying that Stephen Fry’s podgram is one of the best netcast productions I’ve heard. The honesty that oozes from his words I have never before heard in a podcast. During this conversation, I felt he spoke to each and every one of us individually, you feel like the time stops and there’s no one else in the world but you and this inexhaustible intellect. I felt proud of him, sad for him, in pain with him. Those twenty some minutes we shared together made me see his brilliance and my shortcomings. I have never before, heard such a beautiful mind speak.

I do not want for this post to sound like a love letter, and seriously I have no plans to sit in front of Mr. Fry’s apartment waiting for the glimpse of him, but if you want to spend half an hour with one of the best wordsmiths in the world, download his podcast, get cozy and enjoy.

Seriously, I don’t even have a lawn!


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2 thoughts on “Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday – Podgram

  1. Hmmm..Ok, can I play devil’s advocate without offending? Perhaps not but I will lurch into that zone.

    And I thought you were Roberta..another issue entirely however tho I welcome having some sense of who I am talking to. I will think of you as Roberta Mach 2.

    To feel stunned that you did not know about the podcast suggests to me – and I actually mean this nicely – that you have invested a lot into Stephen and your interest of him. So much so that you, probably subconsciously, felt he should have ensured you knew about the podcast – as one would say with a close friend. I suspect your reaction to this statement will be quick negation – you are wrong Susan P, of course I don’t expect him to personally tell me!

    But, at an emotional level, is that really the case? I think it easy for us, no matter who we are, to form strong invisible connections with people we would genuinely love to know at a personal level. I have those tugs from time to time so I’m not speaking from a rarified realm.

    I didn’t even know he had an apartment. He could live in Cadfael’s TV series hut for all I know. :) Accruing knowledge about a celeb or someone you admire is actually part of the need to have personal connection. Again, I do this from time to time and have to use the left hand to smack the right and real! I also remind myself that any person has faults and flaws. I take the view (when I am in headspace and not emotion) that thinking deep down that someone is a desirable object – and close to perfect – is a burden on both of you. I certainly know that I have created discomfort in people when I have not treated them as an earthly human being. When I DO achieve the latter I feel them relax.

    By the way, I am not that young and that was the first podcast I have ever downloaded and listened to. I have listened to some of my son’s but he had done the downloading work.

    Stephen does have an incredible command of English. From time to time I have to reach for a dictionary. But the podcast was not perfect. There were times when i could not hear him. Now, ethnographically speaking, I liked that; it was true and credible. “Believability” is a criterion I look for. I quite like imperfections. But, from another angle entirely, it was a slight nuisance because I could have missed single words or phrases that were key to interpreting his meaning more closely to his intentions.

    But, in reading many responses to the podcast, I was one of the few who heard the underlying enviro and other concerns. The vast majority of people heard only about his arm. If people are in the latter group, the missed words et al would perhaps not have been terribly noticed by them.

    None of this affects or influences my view of Stephen because this was but one offering of many he has given. I enjoyed it, I like the lack of script. I liked learning more about what he says is important to him. But I would not deify him.

    If I have offended you, I regret that, but blogging always, of course, opens channels to discourse and disagreement.

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