In 2007, Rosen wrote a scathing blog entry about the Grateful Dead. Eight years later, it’s garnered thousands of hits and 123 mostly hate- (and patchouli-) filled comments. Why not keep the party going, then, by asking, upon the completion of its “farewell tour,” whether San Francisco’s favorite lifestyle corporation is good for the Jews?
WARNING: this podcast contains wholesale dismissals of important hippie tropes.
If a bearded hermit shoots a bartender for serving him Clamato in Hamilton, Montana, is it good for the Jews?
The boys tackle this question in their last podcast before taking a one-week break, peppering the conversation with references to wise-cracking hipster Jews, stressed out cats, photo bombing dogs, personal beer shoppers, Barack Obama’s post-presidency strategy and taste in popular music, Rosen’s list of topics, a critique of the American public education system and, as usual, an analysis of the endless spiritual quest of San Francisco’s Jewish community.
Clamato is not kosher, but is it worth shooting someone over?
Goldbrener shows up looking “talibanesque,” according to his wife, which sends Rosen into a flight of fancy about how he wishes he missed barbershops but in fact found them to be sources of anxiety. Continuing their hirsute theme, the boys then segue into a study of the cruel ironies of aging, personified by “an inch-long hair growing out of the middle of your nose,” then continue onto a meditation on rites of passage by asking the question:
“Is the senior prom good for the Jews?”
The answer may not surprise you, but the ease at which Eric transitions into talking about the IDF might.
Some people, like Eric, inexplicably made it through the 80s hating this band..