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Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?

The Sewers of Paris Matt Baume

    • Personal Journals
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?

    A Professional Bee Botherer (Ep 320 - Lord of the Rings/Lewis Bartlett)

    A Professional Bee Botherer (Ep 320 - Lord of the Rings/Lewis Bartlett)

    My guest this week wears a lot of hats, and occasionally frocks. Lewis Bartlett is a bee scientist, baker, and drag queen who found his way from Yorkshire, England to Athens, Georgia. A shy, nerdy kid, he found refuge in Lord of the Rings novels and Live Action Role-Playing (or LARPing) groups, but he reached a turning point where he decided to give all that up, along with years-long friendships, so that he could pursue the studies that eventually led him to become, as he says, a professional bee botherer. But as an adult the old nerdy pastimes of his youth have come back to him in unexpected ways, such as his observation that bees are the ultimate World of Warcraft players.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. And! If you’re a fan of science and drag, check out an upcoming online cabaret show featuring Lewis and many other queer scientists. Tickets are now available for Science is a Drag, a livestream to be held on Tuesday March 9, 2021. Just go to Eventbrite.com and search for Science is a Drag Volume 3.

    And just a reminder that I’ve started a new weekly newsletter for all the stuff I’m working on. You can sign up at mattbaume.com — each week I give you a little sneak peek into upcoming projects, little bits of weird fun cultural artifacts I’ve uncovered in various archives, and of course links to cute animal videos.

    Also check out my YouTube videos for deep dives into queer pop culture history. And I hope you’ll join me for a very special livestream this Saturday, January 23, with my guest Brett White — TV critic for The Decider and recent Sewers guest. We’ll be chatting about the new show WandaVision, its connection to classic old sitcoms, and the magic of queer-coded characters on shows like Bewitched. That’s on Saturday January 23 at 1pm pacific, at Youtube.com/mattbaume.

    And I hope you’ll join me for regular videogame livestreams over at Twitch.tv/mattbaume every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon at 2pm pacific. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Wholesome Vibes (Ep 319 - Twitch/Blizzb3ar)

    Wholesome Vibes (Ep 319 - Twitch/Blizzb3ar)

    My guest this week is one of the most wholesome people on the Internet — a Twitch streamer who goes by Blizzb3ar. His goal is to create refuge from drama and competitiveness and cynicism, and for viewers to be able to relax in the comfort of good clean kind fun. It’s the sort of environment that he realized he was missing for himself, and now he’s got big goals for transforming his life in 2021.
    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon.
    And just a reminder that I’ve started a new weekly newsletter for all the stuff I’m working on. You can sign up at mattbaume.com — each week I give you a little sneak peek into upcoming projects, little bits of weird fun cultural artifacts I’ve uncovered in various archives, and of course links to cute animal videos.
    Also check out my YouTube videos for deep dives into queer pop culture history. I just posted a video about why San Francisco in the 1970s was one of the most exciting times in history to come out of the closet, by way of Harvey Milk and Cloris Leachman. That’s at youtube.com/mattbaume.
    And I hope you’ll join me for regular videogame livestreams over at Twitch.tv/mattbaume every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon at 2pm pacific. Lately I’ve been playing my way through Undertale and having a lot of feelings.

    • 48 min
    My Love of Death (Ep 318 - Dennis the Menace/Sheldon Goodman)

    My Love of Death (Ep 318 - Dennis the Menace/Sheldon Goodman)

    What’s the story you plan to leave behind, and what happens if that story doesn’t go according to plan? My guest this week is Sheldon Goodman, a historian who specializes in cemeteries, discovering the untold stories of people who are long gone, and excavating the memory of bygone eras — metaphorically speaking. In his work Sheldon’s discovered countless stories that were previously lost — particularly of LGBTQ people — and he’s considered nearly every aspect of how he himself wants to be remembered … every aspect, that is, but one.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including recent new members Michael, Jake, Jeff, Marcus, Stacey, Amy, and Stefne.

    And just a reminder that I’ve started a new weekly newsletter for all the stuff I’m working on. You can sign up at mattbaume.com — each week I give you a little sneak peek into upcoming projects, little bits of weird fun cultural artifacts I’ve uncovered in various archives, and of course links to cute animal videos.

    Also check out my YouTube videos for deep dives into queer pop culture history. I just posted a video about why San Francisco in the 1970s was one of the most exciting times in history to come out of the closet, by way of Harvey Milk and Cloris Leachman. That’s at youtube.com/mattbaume.

    And I hope you’ll join me for regular videogame livestreams over at Twitch.tv/mattbaume every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon at 2pm pacific. Lately I’ve been playing my way through Undertale and having a lot of feelings.

    • 54 min
    The Joke of Being Gay (Ep. 317 - Polyester & Arrested Development/Richard Day)

    The Joke of Being Gay (Ep. 317 - Polyester & Arrested Development/Richard Day)

    Next week marks the anniversary of the original theatrical release of the film Girls Will be Girls, an otherworldly drag comedy by writer and director Richard Day. For today’s episode, we’re revisiting my 2016 interview with Richard, in which we talked about his time working on shows like Ellen, It’s Gary Shandling’s Show, and Arrested Development — and how he found inspiration from John Waters and comedians who mined comedy from the secret abnormalities of the suburbs.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including recent new members George, Steve, Michael, Reesa, Bravo-Cube and Rory. If you’re enjoying The Sewers of Paris, head over to patreon.com/mattbaume to join the folks who make the show possible.

    And hey I want to let you know that I’ve started a new weekly newsletter for all the stuff I’m working on. You can sign up at mattbaume.com — each week I give you a little sneak peek into upcoming projects, little bits of weird fun cultural artifacts I’ve uncovered, and of course links to cute animal videos.

    Also check out my YouTube videos for deep dives into queer pop culture history. I just posted a video about why San Francisco in the 1970s was one of the most exciting times in history to come out of the closet, by way of Harvey Milk and Cloris Leachman. That’s at youtube.com/mattbaume.

    And I hope you’ll join me for regular videogame livestreams over at Twitch.tv/mattbaume every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon at 2pm pacific.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Sewers of Paris Holiday Special Special

    The Sewers of Paris Holiday Special Special

    Hello and welcome to the Sewers of Paris Holiday Special Special! In the spirit of the season, we’re diving back into the Sewers archives for my 2017 conversations with numerous past guests about their very favorite seasonal entertainment. We'll have an appreciation of Batman Returns from writer Anthony Oliveira, author of Lord of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling among many other works. There's a tribute to Snow Miser from Glen Weldon of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. Performance artist Johnnie Jungleguts will explain why Eyes Wide Shut is his favorite Christmas movie. Videomaker & Dungeon Master Carlos Maza will bring us tidings of Ariana Grande and gay men's choruses. And there's lots more guests and lots more special -- we've got everything to fills your hearts with festive cheer at this, the darkest time of year. 

    And a big thanks to everyone supporting the Sewers of Paris on Patreon. I could not make the show without all of you.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Queer Merman of London (Ep. 315 - The Little Mermaid/Sacha Coward)

    The Queer Merman of London (Ep. 315 - The Little Mermaid/Sacha Coward)

    There are incredible secret stories hidden all around us if you just know where to look, and today’s guest knows where to look. Sacha Coward is a historian, escape room designer, and mermaid hunter in London who’s always had a passion for stories of myths and monsters. And as a museum professional, he now gets to explore those stories, discover new ones, and share them with the world.

    We’ll have that conversation in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports the Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including recent new members Halcyon, AJ, Drew, and Katriona. I couldn’t make the show without you.

    And hey I want to let you know that I’ve started a new weekly newsletter for all the stuff I’m working on. You can sign up at mattbaume.com — each week I give you a little sneak peek into upcoming projects, little bits of weird fun cultural artifacts I’ve uncovered, and of course links to cute animal videos.

    And I hope you’ll join me for regular videogame livestreams over at Twitch.tv/mattbaume every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon for games and fun friendly chit chat. I do creative games on Mondays, weird games on Wednesdays, and furry games on Fridays.

    Also check out my YouTube videos for dozens of deep dives into queer moments on TV and film that changed the world.

    • 46 min

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