If you are completely new to Everything is Alive, I envy you. I happened upon the series a few months ago and binged my way through every season. It’s so good I wish I could discover it all over again.
In each episode, host Ian Chillag interviews (unscripted!) an inanimate object. Sounds absurd, right? There are laugh-out-loud moments in every show, but there’s so much more: the personality, mood, wisdom, and humor of the performer speaking for the object; a mid-episode conversation with a person who tells a surprising true story related to the object; truths about mundane and enduring human experiences that will sometimes bring you to tears without ever jerking them out of you. And always Ian Chillag’s earnest, but dry delivery. No one can pack as much meaning into a “Yeah” as he can.
Definitely begin at the beginning as suggested on the podcast website. Here are a few of my favorite episodes:
I hope Everything Is Alive gets around to interviewing some knitting gear. I’m sure my DPNs—US 1, bamboo—have something to say about my tendency to bring them near the breaking point.