This week, we're helping pickles believe in themselves in the workplace, in confrontations, and in their ability to listen to verbal diarrhoea; and all with the help of Pixar, Katy Perry, and Cormac McCarthy.

Here's all the art we recommended.

(Art we only mentioned in passing, and never intended as a problem-solving recommendation, is in italics.)

Underlined items are this week's top picks from each of our presenters. If you're only going to try one of the pieces of art we mentioned, try these ones first.


  • All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
  • No Country For Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
  • Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
  • The Passenger - Cormac McCarthy
  • Ulysses - James Joyce
  • Billion Dollar Whale - Tom Wright & Bradley Hope
  • Entangled life - Merlin Sheldrake
  • The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean
  • The Dinosaur Artist - ?
  • Civil War - ?
  • The Feather Thief - ?
  • Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway - Susan Jeffers
  • Mice - Gordon Reese

Films / TV
  • The Simpsons
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Big Daddy
  • Finding Nemo
  • Finding Dory
  • Frasier
  • The Godfather
  • X-Men
  • Dirty Dancing
  • American Beauty
  • Kath & Kim
  • Catch Me if You Can
  • Wolf of Wall Street
  • Dumb and Dumber To
  • Daddy's Home
  • Papillon
  • Friends
  • The Incredibles
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Toy Story
  • A Bug's Life
  • Hercules
  • Antz
  • Succession
  • Little Britain
  • The Dark Knight

A selection of the music mentioned in this episode can be found in the Agony Art Spotify playlist.


  • We incorrectly stated that Dark Horse was on Katy Perry's album Teenage Dream, but it was not. We are incredibly ashamed of this and we would like to apologise wholeheartedly to Katy Perry and all her loved ones.

Picture above from The Incredibles © Pixar
Episode jingles and music written and performed by Agony Art © 2020-2023