Gweek 060: Superman is a Happy Mutant; Batman is Jerk

By Mark Frauenfelder

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Click here to play this episode. Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My co-hosts for this episode are:

Michael Pusateri -- a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney


Seth Godin -- author, entrepreneur, and human wunderkammer.


In this episode:

NewImage Real money trading in virtual worlds - Diablo 3 gold now selling $2.50 per million. And Valve's resident economist blog.

NewImageTrue Believers by Kurt Andersen. "Both a thriller of what life what like in 1962 and know," says Seth.

NewImageZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig. "The key message of the book is that being a spectator is no fun," says Seth.

Justice leagueThe pathos of the Golden Silver Age comics of the Justice League of America.

BatmanSeth's riff on the worldviews of Superman vs. Batman.

NewImageFollow up on The Breach, recommended by Ernest Cline

Number of the beast Michael: The perils of re-reading books from your youth (Heinlein's The Number of the Beast)

NewImage Mark: The joy of re-reading books from your youth (Philip Jose Farmer's Dark is the Sun)

NewImageThe Philosophy Book

NewImageNest thermostat

And much more!

Published 10:00 am Mon, Jul 16, 2012

About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects

12 Responses to “Gweek 060: Superman is a Happy Mutant; Batman is Jerk”

  1. The Justice League book should be listed as SILVER AGE, not GOLDEN AGE.

  2. Deidzoeb says:

    I thought the key message of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was that Pirsig had dissociative identity disorder. [Oops, spoiler!] Or maybe that was just a literary device.

  3. Anonymous says:

     “True Believers” link is malformed.

  4. Chris Fleming says:

    Mark, I’m your biggestest fan in the world ever just for mentioning Dark is the Sun, let alone enjoying it. 

    • Mark_Frauenfelder says:

      I’m a huge fan of Farmer. I plan on re-reading Jesus on Mars next. I remember loving it.

  5. robdobbs says:

    Any idea why, in iTunes (Canada), this isn’t showing up? Last episode listed is 58.

    • Mark_Frauenfelder says:

      I dunno! I’ll check with the powers that be at Apple. Thanks for alerting me this, robdobbs.

  6. StreetEight says:

    Jeez, after 20+ years I had mercifully forgotten all about The Number Of The Beast.

    Thanks a whole lot, Fraunfelder.

  7. tonyzhou says:

    I like the batman costume very much.How about this one?

  8. Brian Burrell says:

    I remember reading “Number…” in the early 80’s. I didn’t make it past the first 2 or 3 chapters it was so bad.  I just had a positive experience re-reading a book from my childhood, though;  the Merlin trilogy by Mary Stewart (Crystal Cave, Hollow Hills & last Enchantment).  Best take on the whole Arthurian legend ever.

  9. Acme Post says:

    did you have a link for Todd the photographer’s article in the NY Times?