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Pod At The Park 10: Sarah Sweeney

There's not much joy in talking about New York's baseball teams right now. Fortunately, Jesse Spector and Sarah Sweeney forsook the Bronx Bombers and came upon Livvy Dunne, whom they had not heard of.

 
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A thing that needs to be noted here is that this episode was recorded before the death of Olivia Newton-John, whose mention amid our non-sighting of Livvy Dunne also came amid a lot of murder and heist talk, and also the Yankees scoring runs, a thing that they did in the heady days of early August. We had no idea how much things would change, or, really, who Livvy Dunne was, or is.

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She does seem to be good at going viral, and good at gymnastics…

…and we’d love to do that here, because it would mean us making some money on this. The going viral, not the gymnastics. We’re crazy, not stupid.

Anyway, we’re now selling more shirts, and have repurposed willetspen.com to better serve our current needs. The book is still our touchstone, but given this Mets season, it seems smart to wait and see how it plays out, because we’re gonna want some 2022 in this book… and the current needs include an easy place to sell the wares that we do have, rather than a book that we someday will.

We’ve had Willets Pen logo gear and a couple of wonderful LFGM designs available, and now have added Queens neighborhood t-shirts, some BUTTS t-shirts, and the BOOKS Collection. There’s lots more to come, including items other than t-shirts for the designs that we have now. Stuff can be found as it’s released here, and we’ll get some category pages going to make it easier (we have a long to-do list). So if t-shirts aren’t so much your thing, hold tight! And also feel free to make requests, because it’s honestly just fun to have these things exist in concept, even if we don’t sell any. (We’d really like to sell a bunch.)

Mildly humorous t-shirts for an already well-served niche audience. So, to quote the great Kadeem Hardison in WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP, we goin’ Sizzzzzzzzzler.

One thing you can do to support Willets Pen that’s totally free is to leave a five-star review for us on Apple Podcasts — the thing that every podcast urges you to do, because it really does help with the algorithm. Then, perhaps, someday you can run into someone and make small talk about what a weirdo that Spector guy is.

Also, that weirdo knows the newsletter is running behind schedule, and it’s on him, because he’s got stuff he simply hasn’t edited. He’s sorry about that, but also, better to give full attention to editing and give you, the work, and the writers the proper respect. I don’t know why I wrote that in the third person, you already know it’s me. Anyway, my new job has been a blast so far, but it’s also an adjustment, including making sure Willets Pen is properly tended. It’s a work in progress, but our first season continues to be beyond what I could have dreamed. Thank you!