VODKA Oâ€™CLOCK 1712: SHANNON WHEELER
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Today will be such a fun episode. SHANNON WHEELER was here 4 years ago and heâ€™s back today to talk about his new book â€œSh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trumpâ€. Soft release is July 4th and then full launch in August from Top Shelf.
Clearly, not a day goes by that Trump isnâ€™t saying or tweeting something stupid, arrogant, or insulting. The book was a living document with new tweets replacing some old ones until they had to firmly send it to print.
Shannon and I went through a few hot topics of the Trump Administration: his contradictions, healthcare, golfing, evading questions, and the propagation of myths that have been debunked.
Is there a limit to free speech? Is it better to know when someone is a racist/phobic upfront without filters?
At first, when his friend made the suggestion to illustrate the tweets, it ignited a fresh spark of creativity. Shannon admits he started having nightmares going through all Trumpâ€™s tweets to decide which ones to include in the book.
â€œWhen I start thinking about the impact and the reality of it, thatâ€™s when itâ€™s really depressing â€” where I think, hey this guy has genuine responsibility, the world is looking at us, weâ€™re the leading power, and this is representative of the United States. And itâ€™s kind of embarrassing. Thatâ€™s when I got depressed.â€ Shannon Wheeler on Trumpâ€™s tweets
Shannon wonders if thereâ€™s a missing spirituality component to famous people like Trump. Could something have happened to their souls? Are his tweets a cry for help? Theories of all kinds abound.
We discussed the cultural differences from east coast to west coast. Shannon, in California, said people downplay their success and donâ€™t like to talk about accomplishments. Real estate and gentrification included.
*Minor correction: Where I stated Craig Yoe was the artist fired from DC Comics who made Superman and Lois Lane into porn, what I was trying to recall was Yoeâ€™s book, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster, about the Superman co-creator.Â [amazon_link asins=’0810996340′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’amberunmasked-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2e8cae17-52b1-11e7-a7eb-2dd4143bec50′]