Dispatches from the Head

I don’t have a lot to say.

Hello, Friends-

Hope all is well.

I don’t have a lot to say today. It’s been a crazy week of shooting. My whole life is shooting ‘Maron’ at the moment. I’m exhausted but the show is coming out great. All the episodes are coming together well. I am actually going to direct the last episode and I’m excited about it. I’ve never done any directing before but the crew I am working with is amazing and I’m looking forward to it. The story is comedian-based and I will be working with the infamous Joey Diaz. I actually conceived the part with him in mind and it's going to be a blast working with him. I can’t tell you anything about the story but It’s a good one.

I’ve been using a lot of comics on the show. I love hanging out with comics on the set. Kindred spirits busting balls. Good times.

As I write this I am watching '12 Years a Slave' trying desperately to figure out whether or not it is a good movie. I'll let you know what I think.

Health update. Since I got the cholesterol numbers I’ve been trying to eat better, and I have been. Something happened. Some folks sent me some dried posole and chiles from my home state of New Mexico and I couldn’t help myself. Had to whip up a batch of red chile and pot of posole and pork. One day isn’t going to kill me, right? Right? I’ve been exercising, too, so that should fix it, right? One pork day a week should be okay I think. Fuck getting old. Fuck genetics. I’m okay.

Monday is a live show from The LA Podcast Festival with Dave Anthony, Aisha Tyler, Dana Gould, Paul Gilmartin and Jimmy Pardo. This was great live show. Everyone was awesome. On Thursday things are a little tricky. I went to Harry Dean Stanton’s house to interview him. I had just seen the documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. I knew it wouldn’t be an easy talk because he barely talked in the film about him. It was a beautiful movie but I still couldn’t get a sense of him. Then I talked to him and I couldn’t get through, really. Then I talked to the director, Sophie Huber, who had once had a romantic relationship with Stanton to try to figure out what we were all trying to figure out about him. Interesting talks. Mysterious man.


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Scott M January 20, 2014 at 11:48 pm

a)  12 Years a Slave is NOT a good movie.  Trust me.

b)  Read “The Primal Blueprint”.  Trust me.

It’s nice to hear how well you’re doing.  You deserve it.


2sides2everything January 23, 2014 at 5:28 am

hey marc, love your stuff…
but don’t get all worked up about cholesterol.
it’s largely a way to make cash for the pharmaceutical companies.

here is some info, do with it what you will:

(australian tv report)



maybe this can ease your mind a little.

Qirronis January 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I actually really enjoyed the Harry Dean Stanton ep. I caught the mild awkwardness that you warned about, but I feel I got what I wanted from it… the awkwardness probably conveyed the mystery of the man in a good way,.. it made me sort of feel like I too was there nervously watching Harry Dean Stanton smoking…

...and isn’t the feeling of being transported, something you’d want to get? WTF usually does that by being Real.

The Awkward is Real, Marc. The Awkward is Real.

Cristina January 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Marc, go a little easier on yourself.  In general.  But, specifically about the Harry Dean Stanton interview.  I loved it and think you did a fantastic job!

I often have the urge to hug you after I listen to an episode.  After this one, I would have lingered a little longer.  You did good, man.  Marc, be kind to Marc.


Antti January 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I’m with Qirronis. The Harry Dean Stanton episode was not bad at all. So you didn’t exactly sync, but that’s cool. Seems like that’s just he’s like that. You did a great job, there were some exciting tidbits about his career and it was fun to just hear you chat.

Greetings from Finland!

Robert January 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Harry Dean Stanton hosted Saturday Night Live in 1986, and yet you failed to grill him about Lorne Michaels.  (Sorry).  I have to say that after the intro you gave to this interview, I was expecting so much worse.  Watch David Letterman’s interview with Robert DeNiro when DeNiro appeared with Dustin Hoffman on that show and you will feel better.  (It’s on YouTube).

Scapeologist January 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm

The cholesterol numbers are the “canary in the coal mine,” given the Eastern European genes. I wonder about the harsh words used to describe vegetarians in “Thinky Pain,” and wonder if you’ll find yourself ruing those words. As for the pork, the “factory farmed” nature of pork production should make you think, especially given the relative intelligence of pigs.

Check it out, as to how your food is made and what it does, before you put it into your system. (In that sense, it’s no different than becoming conscious as to drugs were doing to you, as well, given that some elements of food, such as scientifically-engineered overdoses of sugar, salt and fat also work to produce various forms of addiction).

You’ve grown so much over the last few years, become so much more self-aware and communicative, in focused and interesting ways. At some point, this part of Care of the Self (which is the general theme that you’ve been mining) deserves some attention, as well.

Marcy Sheiner January 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

I’m in agreement with everyone about the Harry Dean Stanton show. I could hear the difficulty, but I thought you handled him great and it turned out well.

I also agree with the person who said fear of cholesterol is pharmaceutically induced BS. I’ve had high Chol. for years and my doctor keeps bugging me to take meds for it, and I refuse. I caved in on high blood pressure meds, but I’m not so happy about it—but I won’t take those chol. meds, since some people have lost the use of their legs from taking statins. I don’t know if I believe the chol. panic—I can’t see chol, can’t feel it, don’t know what if anything it does.

But the real reason I came over here to comment is the interview you did with Marc Spitz. Oh man, was that intense! It stirred up a whole bunch of feelings in me. I lived in NYC in the 70s, not far from Needle Park, but as a Mommy of two little munchkins I didn’t fool around with that stuff. Still, I was moved and a little freaked out by the existential terror you two were talking about—that’s what it seemed like to me, existential terror, which I live with all the time. And as the end grows closer, the fear gets worse, only now it’s not about existence, it’s about NON existence. You mentioned that recently, said you couldn’t sleep because you wanted to get in as much time as possible. We are so much alike, you and I….except musically. totally different tastes. Except for Dylan, that we do share. But I’m a girl, I like music like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell and can’t stand Metallica and the other stuff you talk about….anyhow, I wonder if it takes time for you to recover from an interview like this one? Good luck. Keep it going, I love the podcast still.

Frank Winkhorst February 01, 2014 at 8:23 am

Did you fast for 8 hours before having the cholesterol test done? Some doctors are so incompetant that they fail to inform their patients of this requirement—if they even know it—and then freak out when the numbers come in high. It took a technician at a testing lab to tell me this. The doctor was completely oblivious.

Tim the ER doctor February 07, 2014 at 11:12 am

The data is overwhelming that after age 50 (which I am) that you need to address this issues.

I will not go into the comments on folks about big Pharma and that cholesterol (in particular LDL cholesterol) is a money making scam. 

After age 50 there are really 2 things you can do that have minimal risk and may get you the results you want:

1. Take an 81 mg baby aspirin every evening (unless you have some contraindication like ulcers or some other bleeding issue)

2. If you do no wish to take a statin (a prescription cholesterol lowering agent) you can try “Red Yeast Rice” from whatever health-food store you’d like.  It has about the same cholesterol lowering ability of a very low dose of Simavastatin (~5 mg).

Best of luck,