The West Wing cast
The West Wing cast
Octo-Potus. The West Wing Weekly is an episode-by-episode discussion of one of television’s most beloved shows. This podcast has gathered a big audience. It is co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder. So naturally they’d get to discussing octopuses. In Episode 1.07, “The State Dinner,” the podcast hosts have this discussion:

Q: “Did you know that octopi is not the plural of octopus?”

A: “I do know that because my wife just read a book called The Soul of An Octopus and now all she talks about is octopuses.”

They then discuss Inky the octopus’ escape from the aquarium tank: “Apparently they are incredibly smart. They just have very few venues in which to show their intelligence.”

“Yeah, if we lived underwater they would be overlords.”

“That’s right. They’d absolutely would be our overlords. One of the many reasons I refuse to live underwater.”

Club Book brings authors to the Twin City area. Sy visited in November. You can listen to the live event.

Sy’s octopuses are still swimming toward new friends. The Soul of an Octopus in #19 on The New York Times Science Bestseller list for November. And it’s on these lists of bestsellers at independent bookstores: #5 in New England, #4 in the Pacific Northwest, #4 in Northern California, and #10 in the Midwest.