Ira Glass would be pleased
I listen to lots of podcasts. This one is outstanding. I started watching Obsessed Garage (OG) on YouTube a few months ago and caught the detailing bug. I thought I had been cleaning my car the “correct way” for years but wasn’t; I was destroying my clear coat. Like most things, the more you learn about it, the more you realize either laziness, ego, confirmation bias, or accepting mediocrity stands in the way of developing skill or mastery in a field. Thankfully, this show goes beyond OG’s consistent brand of oddly enjoyable longform technical diatribes and the methodical application of Matt Moreman’s research in the automotive field. Depending on who you are, for better or worse this podcast isn’t really about detailing or cars. It’s a left brain and a right brain having a conversation. I often think of Bryan as captaining the right- the thoughtful, emotional, and creative beating heart, leaving Matt as the clinical, cold, calculating left. Sometimes they switch sides. These two are giving eachother PhD-level therapy sessions without the onerous guilt of paying for it or slogging it out with academic quackery. There’s a vulnerability on display that’s rather bold and unique for the medium. It’s reflected in honest discussions of family, career and the life lived in between. Bryan is typically first to drive at a deeper psychological reason for why Matt is the way he is, and Matt will parry and respond with his own psychoanalysis of Bryan. There’s moments of clarity in here that are seemingly magical for either them or the listener, much owed to the humility and willingness to experience the collapse and exposure of one’s ego in a public format. Bryan’s production is top notch. It’s one of the more addicting shows on my roster.
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