208: The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah
May 6, 2018 at 5:00PM •
1 hour 36 minutes •
Adam Valen Levinson joins us this awkward week to discuss his book the Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah. Also, office anxieties, downgrading your charisma for her, and pseudo-active digits.
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Erica goes to a movie set where she's surprised by an animal wrangler.
Special Guest: Adam Valen Levinson
Jamie: "Hey guys,
It's me again! Im finally up to date with the podcast! It'd be great if I could rate it or show some love more openly on Spotify. If I don't have iTunes is there any other way I can do this?
This time rather than a story I now have a question. Apologies if any errors in typing its early.
So at this point in time I'm working as a cold caller in this company and I really hate it. I think money was too much of a motive for me even though the job I had before was affordable. I have anxiety at this point in time and have for a while. At present my time before and after work is filled with anxiety to the point of a panic attack and it's horrible. For now what I am doing is a part time course in counseling with a company that can get me a job in that department after I finish. Its always been a true passion of mine to help others and I've always wanted to work in counseling.
However that could be months away. I wondered if you have any tips on controlling my anxiety for now while I have to work there. I currently rent so not working (unless for literally 1 month) is completely unaffordable for me as I can't expect or ask my partner to carry the load for me as I don't like to rely on others. In order to be qualified its around 160 hours of course work and with work in mind I can do 3 hours each working day and around 8 on the weekend.
Sorry if the explanation seemed long just wanted to give as much detail as possible. Could really use some help with this...
Jamie 21 (22 on the 9th of May :D) bisexual female"
Jake: "Good day fellow coworkers. Big fan of the show. I'm Jake, 20, straight, and male. I got this girlfriend of two months who doesn't like when I'm flirting. Except that's how I talk so what am I supposed to do? I like her a lot and don't want to get dumped over flirting that just happens. It's just how I talk. I think I even do it with the boys. It's just compliments and smiling. I learned me some charisma to get places in life and it works...but how do I turn it off when I'm out with her? Advice appreciated, thank you!"
Mystery Phone Man: "I met this super cute guy the other night and got his number. I never asked a guy for a number before but I sorta bumped into him at a store and after talking to him I just kinda blurted it out. I gave him a call but he didn't answer. I know what you're thinking but it was his number for sure. I heard him on the voicemail, same name and all that. I'm not waiting around by the phone but like now it's a week later and nothing. Do I call the guy again or give up? Texts don't work with his phone btw..."
- The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah
Adam's book. "Written on four continents over seven years, The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah (W.W. Norton, 2017) is the hard-won first book by journalist, sociologist, comedian and sometime trumpeter Adam Valen Levinson. For Adam, "Nine Eleven" was enough to shroud the Middle East in fear, and to imbue it with the sort of curiosity where a kind of love comes from."
- Adam Valen Levinson
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