Sarah Kate Benton Kent
All hail the dairy queen! (But hold the dairy.) Sarah Kate Benton Kent, copy editing legend and Earth Mother, joins Jason to talk about prepositions, propositions and strict vegetarianism, among other things. The Hammersla Exposition is the prose-only, non-union equivalent of the Inquisition. Read and subscribe at www.buttondown.email/hammersla All rights reserved. Lefts, too.
March 28, 2022
A Hammersla Disquisition: On the Beatles, Getting Back and Letting it Be
In this special bonus episode, host Jason Hammersla is joined by friends of the show and musical experts Eric R. Danton and Jeremy Rothman to break down the Get Back documentary airing on Disney+. The guys dig deep on prison movies, fur coats and the ominous power of toast. A few post-editing observations: - Man, do I have some smart friends. - Eric argued at one point that tight deadlines are bad for creativity, and while I can see his point with respect to the extremes, I think if I were quicker on my feet or if I had time to summon a cogent argument, I could make a case that boundaries and limits -- or at least the convincing illusion of boundaries and limits -- can be a powerful creative impetus. But that's a subject for another time. - I'd like to point out that, despite Jeremy's protest, I never said the words "The Beatles" and "Destiny's Child" in the same sentence. I was comparing Destiny's Child to Genesis, for whom we all know Phil Collins was the Beyonce of his era. - Personally, I was much more impressed George Harrison's bespoke pink pinstripe suit than Glyn Johns' azure-colored spectacles or John Lennon's lemur fur coat, or whatever that was. - The breakout star of the film, as far as I am concerned, is Heather McCartney. - We never did get around to revealing the name of the famous person in Jeremy's phone. He said the initials were "S.M.," but I assume that was thinly-veiled code for "S&M," which means whoever Jeremy is hiding is into some freaky, freaky stuff. My guess is Dame Judy Dench.
January 11, 2022
There's a doctor in the house. Raina Patel, of the famed St. Martin's Nursery School Class of 1982, joins Jason to talk about queens, fairy stepmothers and the worst date ever, among other things. The Hammersla Exposition is the prose-only, non-union equivalent of the Inquisition. Read and subscribe at www.buttondown.email/hammersla All rights reserved. Lefts, too.
December 30, 2021
Jason's former college suitemate, fraternity brother and fellow native Rochesterian S. Philip Unwin joins the podcast. We proceed to touch the third rail, paint over a Picasso and submit to The Rock. Rundown: 0:04:40 Questions & Tangents & Answers 0:28:31 Questions from the Listening Audience 0:43:29 But Seriously 1:00:44 Turn the Tables 1:06:23 Word Association 1:08:00 Eulopologies
July 06, 2021
My No. 1 fan and former president Christin Schaaf talks to Jason about values, history (A.P. and otherwise) and the mystery of #!&% pics.
March 22, 2021
David I. Leavitt
The Hammersla Inquisition returns from a long hiatus with a long-awaited episode. The most interesting guy Jason knows finally appears on the podcast to talk cow tipping, job interviewing and how football is like cell phones. This podcast will be updated intermittently and as available, which is to say probably not very often. But it is back, so stay tuned for more eps. Rundown: 0:02:58 Questions & Tangents & Answers 0:25:21 Questions from the Listening Audience 0:34:51 But Seriously 0:58:07 Turn the Tables 1:11:13 Word Association 1:13:24 Eulopologies 1:29:13 Special Bonus Thing
October 26, 2020
Celi (Clark) Haga
Perpetual pen pal and exceptional American Celi Haga talks to Jason about round tables, sliding doors and combating household odors. The Hammersla Inquisition is going on a short hiatus, but if I have anything to say in the meantime you can find it via the Hammersla Exposition: https://buttondown.email/hammersla (void where prohibited)
March 02, 2020
Eric R. Danton
All-around expert and college chum Eric R. Danton talks to Jason about heckling, love insurance, how to stop worrying and learning to love the bomb. For more navel-gazing content like this, sign up for the Hammersla Exposition here: https://buttondown.email/hammersla (no headphones necessary!) N.B. This episode, being recorded from an international internet call, features audio quality that is inconsistent at best and crappy at worst. I have done my best to try and clean it up in "post" but there are still some bits that jump out. I apologize for any distraction this may cause.
February 20, 2020
Maria Rose Cook
Erstwhile cello prodigy and current Dr. Feelgood Maria Rose (Nespeca) Cook talks to Jason about time travel, the "Scarlet D" and embodying the spectac-tical. For more navel-gazing content like this, sign up for the Hammersla Exposition here: https://buttondown.email/hammersla (no headphones necessary!)
February 13, 2020
Emily Epstein White
Editorial protege and all-around wordsmith Emily Epstein White talks to Jason about life as a comic, questionable advice and why she crossed the road.
February 06, 2020
High school frienemy Graham Kent talks to Jason about faith, fearlessness and learning to believe in bacon.
January 30, 2020