Is It Time To Rethink Guilty Pleasures?

What's your guilty pleasure?

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Is It Time To Rethink Guilty Pleasures?

What is a guilty pleasure?

In seventh grade, I had not quite given up on series books. Specifically, the Rick Brant books which I would say were a lot more satisfying (I guess I can't say they were cooler)  than the Hardy Boy books, all 43 of which I read in fourth grade.

Rick Brant was the youngest member of the Spindrift Scientific Foundation, and he and his friend Scotty had adventures all over the world. In seventh grade, another boy found, in my desk, a copy of "The Pirates of Shan," my favorite of the series.

And, during the ensuing cascade of mockery, I came to understand what a guilty pleasure was.
It's something you like that does not meet the standards of the people around you and may not even meet the standards you ordinarily set for yourself.

So I got rid of those books.  But I still have guilty pleasures, and I bet you do too. Unless you reject the concept out of hand.

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Bonnet Fiction

"Our hands met at the butter churner." Best line ever.

Guilty pleasures

After listening to your show today, I'm going to see if "Pitchforks of Desire" is available in an ebook.

Today's guilty pleasure was

Today's guilty pleasure was staying home in my cozy bedroom and listening to your show instead of being out and involved in a May Day demonstration.

E-mail from Paul

All vampire movies to the point that I had a dentist make a set of vampire teeth I could wear. When going to a movie, I like to occasionally smile at audience members so they can see my teeth. Just hope I don't get staked.

What a great image, thanks

What a great image, thanks Kathleen.
-Patrick

E-mail from Kathleen

When I was doing my doctoral work on iguanas up at UConn, I wound up adopting several pet iguanas that got too big for their original owners. Like anyone adopting someone else’s pet, I would learn what the lizard liked, treats and so on.

Well, one owner said this iguana liked soap operas. Being a broke grad student, I didn’t have cable, just an aerial antenna TV. One day I said, ok, let’s check this out. Turned on a soap, brought the ig to the tv, and sure enough, she perked up. Oookaaay. I picked up the lizard, turned her around; her head tracked the drama on the screen. Changed channels, not so much a reaction with news, documentaries, etc. Before long, I’d be working on classwork, grading etc., with the iguanas piled up watching all kinds of human mayhem on that little screen. So of course, eventually I started watching them myself. Now that habit’s been broken with the demise of all the soaps that were on in those days, but yes, that was a guilty pleasure of mine!

E-mail from Chuck

During WNPR pledge drives, after making my contribution, I hide out at WFCR for the remainder of the pledge drive.

Sorry WNPR, I can only listen to you pitch totebags and coffee mugs for so long.