Rocket Science: Theo Dasher

On Korean BBQ, Wu-Tang, Belle Isle, and Poetry Podcasts.

If you listen to music at work, what do you listen to?

I don’t typically listen to music while I’m working. Focused, productive work has its own rhythm of sorts. I tune out the background noise in the office and try to settle into a nice flow state.

What’s been your best read of 2019?

My co-worker recently recommended a fantasy series called Runelords by David Farland, and he gave me the first book. What he didn’t tell me at the time was that there are something like nine of them. He only subsequently said, “You know, this is part of a series. You have to read the rest.”

What’s a city you’ve never been to, but would like to visit?

I’d love to go to Seoul. I love Korean barbecue. That’s a big part of it. And I love Soju. That’s another big part of it. Basically, I wanna eat my way through Seoul.

What’s an obscure area of knowledge that fascinates you?

I love airplanes. I don’t know if that’s obscure. But I’ve always thought that I would become an aeronautical engineer, so I read biographies of other aeronautical engineers. I go to air shows all the time. I have aerodynamics textbooks too. I’ve just always thought that aeronautics and aerospace are fascinating.

What would you say is the most beautiful part of Michigan?

I don’t know if I can tell you which part is most beautiful, but I’m from Detroit, and I’m disposed to think that the city is beautiful in its own special way. There’s so much great architecture there. What I probably appreciated most was the Detroit River and Belle Isle, which is right between Detroit and Canada.

You just got the green light for season one of your podcast. What’s it about?

I think it would be really interesting to find regular people and ask them to read poetry for the podcast.

What’s in your podcast rotation right now?

It’s called The Secret History of Hollywood. Really interesting. The first of the series is about the Warner brothers and some of the actors that came through the early Warner Bros. Studio. So, it’s full of mystery and tension. Later series go into the cinematic depictions of Sherlock Holmes, early horror movies, and all kinds of other stories.

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