I thought it was a bore. And yes, Sam seems a bit full of himself. But to give you some perspective, probably not as much as Jamil Z.
Do you know Jamil??
Alright, maybe it's just envy (absolutely not), or perhaps it is the fact that I am so firmly part of what was once the alternative/grunge/15-minutes-of-fame-hating generation, but I think it's pretty plain to see through the evolution of his podcasts and the continuing release of books and whatnot that "he", or the image that has been created, whether anyone else on earth cares to admit it or not, is way overblown. But you are right, I have not met the man. Who knows, maybe he really does feel deep inside that he's just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life. Maybe it's myself and my disdain for reality TV and all things in the 21st century that are being mega-worshipped without much merit that need further examination. He might be a wonderfully kind and charming man. I have been wrong before. But until that fateful day (oh I can hardly wait) when I might meet him and form a more informed opinion, I am comfortable in having the opinion that he is sold out and overblown.
My word -- where did all that come from. I really don't mean to offend anyone. Take my opinion for what it is worth -- probably not even 2 cents.
I suppose this is a bad time to bring this up, but speaking of "judge not lest ye be judged", the Waldo Lake Amber Ale competition is at my place this Saturday. I'm hoping for approximately 10 entries, all local yokels from here in eastern Wisconsin. Looking forward to tasting them all side-by-side and sending you some, Denny, if you can look beyond my buttheadedness and are still interested.