Robert Ashley’s A Life Well Wasted Debuts 4th Episode

A Life Well Wasted - Episode 4

Former freelancer Robert Ashley has just released the fourth episode of his psychedelic, documentary-style podcast, A Life Well Wasted. This comes after a four-month hiatus and includes a relaunch of the podcast’s site. offers a description of the new episode, titled, Artists, Fans, and Engineers:

“Robert Ashley visits a cosplay enthusiast, talks to the founder of an art show about videogames, discovers the strange world of fan fiction radio plays, and profiles a self-taught computer chip designer racecar driver/roller derby bruiser.”

The episode, as with previous episodes, intersperses heavy production, sampling, and musical interludes from Ashley’s band, I Come to Shanghai. The result is a podcast that strikes a chord with its audience more than most. Yannick Hill, a commenter on the site, put it best:

“…these podcasts provide me with a frame of reference for feelings and thought processes that previously I didn’t know needed structure. The people that populate your world I feel are my people too, and the music accompanying each episode allows the interviewees’ words to resonate, like the lyrics of a song resonate. The music appears to be saying: this testimony matters. Thanks so much for this contribution to our culture.”

The podcast and related merchandise can be found at:

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Written by Joe D

Inspired by a love for obscure Sega Saturn games in the 90s, Joe is pretty much open to anything gaming has to offer. What he looks for in a game: creativity and strong design, or sometimes just an overwhelming sense of style.

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