Brad and Doug are back, talking about something Doug is passionate about, storytelling. We start off, with an old favorite, the hero cycle, and how it connects to perennial favorites, A Song of Ice and Fire, Star Wars, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. We discuss some of the hate towards Ayn Rand and Nirvana, before Brad launches in on his love of short stories, and his lack of time for Thomas Pynchon. Some examples of authors who do a great job at brevity are Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, George RR Martin (Dunk and Egg) and Robert Heinlein. There’s a brief discussion of Robert Heinlein and how he’s in the Tyson Zone (credit Bill Simmons) for crazy sexual situations. No discussion of bad storytelling would be complete without working our way into a segue about The Room, which leads into the entirely predictable extended discussion of The Phantom Menace and its failings. Doug can’t resist bringing up his hero, Nicolas Cage. After managing to freakishly combine the first two conversation, Doug brings up his frustration with teen-dystopia movies before Brad starts reading random things off of imdb. Eventually we bring it back to Doug’s passion for storytelling, where he talks about his love for Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice. Brad mentions his passion of District 9 as one of the best recent examples of what science fiction is all about.