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I'm A Sophisticate and So Can You!

I'm A Sophisticate and So Can You!

If you've ever wanted to be more cultured, but you're pressed for time, then you've come to the right place. Join co-hosts Sydney Painter and Anthony Pinggera, two queer millennials with ADHD, as they review all the books, movies, and musicians that you've been meaning to get to but haven't made time for yet. And until now, neither have they! Let's all become more sophisticated together, shall we?

Recent Episodes

Metallica & Run Lola Run

Sept. 20, 2022

From the streets of nineties Berlin to the biggest heavy metal band in the world, we're bringing the intensity! This week, we cover the titans of thrash metal and bestselling band of the 1990s, Metallica! Then we dive into t…

The Mummy (with Cate Osborn)

Sept. 6, 2022

Ooh, baby, do we have a special episode for all of you! We're sitting down with ADHD advocate/sex educator/TTRPG player/fellow queer millennial Cate Osborn to discuss the 1999 cinematic movie masterpiece, The Mummy. Cate mig…

Marvin Gaye & Napoleon Dynamite

Aug. 23, 2022

Some art is so of-the-moment that looking back on it even a few years later can be confusing and disappointing. Some art ascends the era of its making to become timeless. On this episode, we deal with both. First, it's the i…

Mrs. Dalloway

Aug. 9, 2022

After our last foray into the world of literature, we were looking for a book that would really kick us in the proverbial face. Enter the mad genius Virginia Woolf and her modernist classic, "Mrs. Dalloway."

Kate Bush & Snow White

July 26, 2022

It's all auteurs all the time, as we delve into the music of Kate Bush and the Walt Disney animated classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves".

Midnight's Children

July 12, 2022

We take on a titan of postcolonial literature: Salman Rushdie's epic "Midnight's Children."

About the Hosts

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Anthony Pinggera

Anthony (they/he) is a co-host of the podcast, a recovering film bro, and an unapologetic, massive dork. You can count on them for wild analogies, weird trivia, and a laugh that sounds like a donkey falling down a hill.

They're the one who (usually) manages the Envelope of Chaos, the Lovecraftian text from which most of the ideas for episodes spring. They're also the one who edits the episodes, so if something sounds odd in an episode, it's probably their fault.

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Sydney Painter

Sydney (she/they) is a co-host of the podcast and a screenwriter who prefers television to movies. She knows that even (or especially) "silly" things like pop music and reality television have cultural value, and that we're depriving ourselves of fun by pretending that they don't. Also, even "serious art" is pretty silly.

She's also the one who...well, okay, here's the thing: she trails off and restarts sentences a lot. She is canonically not sorry about it.