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Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño

Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Release Date: 02/08/2019

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Thank you to our Co-producer patron Chris Marlton for selecting this week's topic! This 2002 Japanese art film is slow, meticulously shot, and has wonderful, ornate costumes. We discuss how it was influenced by a form of traditional puppetry but should be approached more like a meditative painting.   Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Dolls Additional Resources: Finding Love in Loss and Tragedy Dolls Dolls by Takeshi Kitano (Review) The cult Japanese movies outfitted by Yohji Yamamoto ...

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This 2005 video game tried to capture the atmosphere and experience of H. P. Lovecraft's mythos. It is now called a commercial failure and a cult classic. We discuss its unique, immersive gameplay, and its Lovecraftian approach to knowledge as a thing to fear. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Call of Cthulhu (RPG) Additional resources:   Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Interview 2 Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Q&A The making of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the...

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This 2015 comic series is an attempt to tell "the ultimate H.P. Lovecraft" story, so we dive deep into the cold, clinical research process behind it. We also discuss this story's relationship with sexual violence, racism, American mythology, capitalism and... comic book fandom. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Providence Additional Resources: Interview: Alan Moore on Providence, Jerusalem, League and more – Part 1 All About Alienation: Alan Moore On Lovecraft And Providence Alan Moore Heralds...

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This 2016 novel explores sci-fi and horror in the 1950s from the perspective of an African-American family already accustomed to prejudice and dread. We have an uncomfortable conversation about how it addresses H.P. Lovecraft's racism and the question of whether a white author should tell stories about the black experience. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Lovecraft Country Additional Resources: Matt Ruff's "Lovecraft Country," where the horror is racism (not racist) The Big Idea: Matt Ruff Shadows...

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Thanks to our Co-producer Miriam Meaney for this week's topic! This 1964 collection of short science fiction stories shows a writer in conflict with his own genre in the wake of horrible family tragedy. We discuss Ballard's interest in psychological inner space and speculative fiction to better understand his role in the history of literature. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: J. G. Ballard on Amazon Additional Resources: The New Science Fiction Strange fiction A brief survey of the short story part...

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Supercontext: an autopsy of media

This album from 2000 came out more than 20 years into the career of this genre fusing music group. We look at their commercial apex and their struggles with racist expectations to understand what led to this attempt at a new beginning. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Fishbone albums Additional Resources: The Red Hot Days of Fabulous, Funky Fishbone HAY, C. (2000). “Psychotic” Fishbone Goes Hollywood. Billboard, 112(9), 12. Fishbone & the Familyhood Nextperience FISHBONE "Fishbone & ...

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