Marc Maron hates on the Reader in Easy

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Joe Swanberg's new Chicago-set Netflix show Easy highlights a lot of the city's nooks and details that will likely delight locals. While binging on the eight-episode series, I began jotting down all the Chicago-centric references. In episode five, the one starring comedian Marc Maron, I heard this very paper get name-checked. 

Maron plays graphic novelist Jacob Malco, who's about to do a reading of his new book. When a professor (played by improv icon Dave Pasquesi) delivers the bad news that only a few people have showed up to the event, Malco begins to fret, as only Maron can, about an apparently scathing Reader review of his work.

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It's not the most flattering cameo. Or even a little flattering. Could Swanberg's characterization of the Reader as needlessly snarky stem from the fact that our review of the filmmaker's Digging for Fire is headlined "Joe Swanberg: the king of whatever"? 

Hard to say. But ultimately it's still nice to be a small part of Swanberg's televisual collage of things that make Chicago distinctive. (In another episode, Hannibal Buress plays a "reporter" for Newcity.) And regardless of the show's take on the Reader, I highly recommend Easy. (Full review to come.)

Oh, and for the record, we have no 12-year-olds on staff. 

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