Episode 4

Frankie, Dennis, and Johnny review Shortcomings, as written and illustrated by Adrian Tomine. In this episode discuss being “balls deep”; the flaws and beauty of the characters Ben Tanaka, Miko Hayashi, and Alice Kim; the significance of a cup of coffee being poured out; if masturbating to porn and what other acts may or may not constitute cheating; the standard of beauty in America and how it affects on the characters of Shortcomings; Cookie Puss; and the art and storytelling of Shortcomings.

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Featured music:

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing

Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen