Comedy writer Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me), on the other hand, has long fantasized that the stuff around us actually talks, and he has created a series for DnA, called Everything Talks, that proves it.
On this first outing, Tom, a passionate aficionado of design and architecture, starts in his own living room, in a white, mid-century style home. There, two classic pieces of furniture have been doing some trash-talking.
One is the Eames Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames, the other is the LC3 Grande sofa designed by the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. “I can’t help that you are a plywood and leather cliché,” sneers the sofa. When the chair responds that no one would even want to sit in Corb’s design because of its uncomfortable “low back cushions”, the sofa retorts, “I will never understand the American hatred of discomfort. . . I am not a beanbag chair, I am a machine for sitting in. . .”
Listen to their entire conversation, below. Above, Tom sits, comfortably, in the Eames chair, left, and uncomfortably, in the Le Corbusier sofa with its low back cushions, right.
In the second episode of Everything Talks, Tom channeled a peppy Vitamix 6300 and a Rancilio Silvia espresso machine, who rebuffs the blenders efforts to make friends.
Here is how Tom describes Everything Talks: “”The idea that we could hear an actual conversation between a Vitamix blender and to a Rancho Savilla espresso maker was science fiction only a few years ago. At last, a new computer app (connected to an ultra sensitive listening device) is able to translate, amplify and record otherwise inaudible discussions between inanimate objects without them knowing we are listening in! DnA is the first program in radio or any medium to make these conversations available for the general public. Listeners can eavesdrop on an emotional argument between an Eames chair and a Corbusier sofa as they disagree about which is more comfortable. Parents wondering which trendy stroller to spend too much money on are finally able to hear what the expensive prams reveal about themselves when they talk to each other in private!”
Listen here to the entire DnA featuring Everything Talks, as well as Joe Frank on college football uniforms, and KCRW’s Jennifer Ferro on our new logo. The first Everything Talks happened to coincide with MOMA’s bumper show about Le Corbusier, “An Atlas of Modern Landscapes.”