The Podcast Dissects Tomes Of Fictions & Their Pertinence To The Modern World

Wade Bowen
James Nolen
Hugh Crawford
Dec. 11, 2018 - "Feel like you have a good premise, or something you can offer that a billion other podcasts don't offer? Then go for it!"
Since 2018

►Tell us about you and your podcast

Hi. My name is Wade Bowen, I live in Brooklyn, NY, but what difference does that make on the internet? Along with my two co-hosts and good friends, James Nolen and Hugh Crawford, I host various "Kickers of Elves" podcasts, including The Hashish and Superiority Book Club.

The Hashish and Superiority Book Club is a podcast where we cover, in minute detail, works and authors we find pertinent to our disordered modern world. The title of the podcast is not a reference to any recreational pastimes we might have, but rather a quote from Alan Moore, who's 1200+ page tome, Jerusalem, we're tackling in our first season.

Our listeners are primarily Alan Moore fans, or those loyal fans from our other pods willing to join us on the journey reading such a daunting and sometimes difficult [but very rewarding] book.


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

Podcasting is the perfect medium for us to translate the discussions and arguments that the three of us have been having for over twenty years into a form that is actually interesting for others to listen to.

For several years now we've been releasing a weekly podcast called The Rules of Acquisition where we cover every single episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from a "less than Trekker perspective." We love Star Trek (or at least I still do, the others may differ), but creatively we wanted to do something new. We read a considerable bit, and for our Patreon we've talked about a variety of scifi literature and comics, so in a way the book club was a natural extension of what we were already doing.

Alan Moore has been a go-to writer for us (and to an even greater degree, James) for years, so starting with Jerusalem; and all it's wrangling with politics, metaphysics, the end of the the 2oth century and more; is the perfect book to kick off a "Book Club for Hell World."


►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?

For season 1 and Jerusalem, we're releasing weekly. Our process is that we read three or four chapters a week, record, and then edit and put out the episode a week later. With only a week's lag listeners are encouraged to read along with us near real-time. Jerusalem in particular is a whole lot of book to get through, in terms of difficulty and just in word count, but reading it as part of a group or community has really helped clarify what we've read and point out details that may have gone missed. Keeping up with the podcast would get you through the entire thing in a little over ten weeks.

Podcasting in addition to my day job it leaves me very little time for as much other leisure activities as I might like, but then again I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't want to. Most of our hosting costs gets covered by our patreon, though I'm probably still in the hole once you consider microphones, computer and money spent on the frustration that is advertising/attracting listeners.


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

I personally feel a lot better raising money through direct listener support and patrons than including ads on the podcast, even if creating extra audio content every week just adds more work to the pile. For Hashish and Superiority we're also doing an extra patron only series covering Alan Moore's arguably much-more-famous work Watchmen. A lot of podcasts on patreon hide their exact revenue, but I like to be transparent about it. For all the lefty, socialist leaning talk we do I wouldn't feel great doing it otherwise. That said, hey Caspar mattress, Me-Undies... for the right price I'm more than happy to sell out.

I'd love to grow enough to really supplant my income or even quit the day job, but hanging out with my friends once a week and having the narcissistic reward of having strangers listen to me? That's enough for me to get by on now.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

We all live in different states so we each record our audio lines separately, then share them via dropbox or google drive, and then, for the book club, James will edit. Then Thursday night at midnight I'll upload the podcast for Friday release.


►How do you market your show?

It's the same hustle that everyone does I imagine. We're very active on twitter, and I'll try to post on facebook or other platforms every now and then. Anyone that has further suggestions? I'm all ears!


►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?

I can't tell you why to do a podcast. Feel like you have a good premise, or something you can offer that a billion other podcasts don't offer? Then go for it! If you're driven enough I'm sure there's someone that your voice will speak to. The trick is to find that person (or persons).


►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?

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