Episode #13 – A’s, B’s and C’s

We fatsplain some of Winnipeg’s bookselling history and how it includes the centre of the universe, New York City. Know your McNally Robinsons and your Aqua Books and your Hollys and your Kellys. Specifically your Kelly Hugheses. Cynara gets a taste of her own Winnipeg-booster medicine. Also, what’s the deal with Winnipeg’s bookstore/restaurant combos?

Cynara’s Movie Corner: Easy A. Did she like it? Three guesses and the first two don’t count. Spoiler alert: she didn’t hate it. And Emma Stone is worthy of her own comedy vehicle.

-The importance of female relationships in TV and movies. Buffy is high on this scale;  Star Trek: The Next Generation is low.

-We’re still waiting for “our” Superbad or The Hangover. (The good news is, there are some people who might be writing it!)

-Cynara catches Jenny up on the latest “juicy” development on Gossip Girl. (BTW, the actor in question is Penn Badgley.)

-Jenny’s TV Time, where she spends waaaay more time than is strictly necessary trying to convince you to watch Community. Ken Jeong is a medical doctor, did you know? Also, Community does right by Betty White.

-Brief comment on Modern Family, Weeds, Hawaii Five-O; less brief comment on The Big C (Starring Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe!)

-Vampire dramas are so 2008. Where are the manticore dramas? Or the centaur dramas? (Couple spoilers for the Buffy Season 8 comic books here). Manticore Mansion! Mermaid 90210!

-Jenny would be into Nikita and Undercovers if she weren’t completely tired of spy shows.

(Note: Cynara was right — Maggie Q is Hawaiian-born. Her Asian heritage is Vietnamese)

(Note to background-laughing Derek: You are the WORST.)

APOLOGETIC NOTE: Cynara regrets using classist/racist terminology for a portable stereo system in this episode. Evidently, she needs to work harder to excise the term–oft-spoken in her childhood–from her lexicon. Let’s all consider this a learning opportunity.


McNally Robinson Booksellers

Aqua Books

Jenny’s all-time favourite teen film: Saved! [IMDb]

gabriellaabelle’s “Women, Connecting” [LiveJournal]

Donald Glover’s blog [iamdonald.com]


Thank you for being a friend

So I know we just came back but we’re taking another week off, because you know what, we’re masters (mistresses?) of our own lives and we can do that if we want to. And we know you’ll miss us but we now have 14 (twelve plus two bonus) episodes for your enjoyment, so we encourage you to peruse our backcatalogue.

Really, we’re sorry we can’t provide you with a new dose of Icy Fat (ew?) this week, but let me try make it up to you. My friend and best DJ Mama Cutsworth has remixed the Golden Girls theme song. You can listen, download and enjoy via SoundCloud:

Golden Girlz (Mama Cutsworth Remix) by Mama Cutsworth

And, if you happen to be in Winnipeg tomorrow night, you can join us down at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) for a special screening and dance party commemorating the 25th anniversary of the airing of the pilot episode of The Golden Girls. Doors at 7:15, screening at 8 sharp, bingo and dance party to follow. Eight bucks gets you in the door.

Episode #12 – Cynara & Jenny Vs. the World

Image taken from SlashFilm.com


-What we’ve been up to (which is being sick)

-Cynara’s steampunk-inspired solution for not being shunned on the SkyTrain

-Bringing back “bagism” (or, you know, not).

NOTE: At first Derek didn’t know we were recording, so he for awhile he does what he normally does when he’s in the room and Jenny and Cynara are talking on the phone/Skype/Gchat — joins in on the conversation with periodic interjections.

-The politics of winterwear in Winnipeg

-I don’t know if you’ve heard, but It’s a bad time to make mining jokes

-Cynara shares what she’s been doing at work — marketing a really cool book


-Cynara has developed some high standards for portrayals of women in film.

-For instance, her present enjoyment of the Back to the Future series is mitigated by the way women are characterized and used, plotwise.

-Towards a Bechdel Test for fat: we need a rating system for body positivity (or lack thereof, natch) in film.

-Anyway, what is with the girls in Scott Pilgrim?

-(White) hipster liberalism & how it plays out vis a vis Antoine Dodson.



On Feminism, Liberals, Black Folks and Antoine Dodson [Like a Whisper]

A Room in the City [Anvil Press]

Note: We’re not linking directly to the Cracked roundtable on Back to the Future because we don’t want to vouch for it completely. But you know how to use the internet to find it if you want.