Supercontext: an autopsy of media
A podcast autopsy of media: how we consume it and how it informs our everyday culture. Hosted by Christian Sager and Charlie Bennett
info_outline Trout Mask Replica 01/24/2020
Trout Mask Replica This 1969 double-album has been described as both “unlistenable” and “one of the greatest albums of all time.” We discuss its volatile production while trying to understand its composition and how it influenced another fifty years of weird music. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Trout Mask Replica Additional Resources: Some notes came from secondary sources listing Mike Barnes’ ‘Captain Beefheart’ and Bill Harkleroad’s ‘Lunar Notes: Zoot Horn Rollo’s Captain Beefheart Experience’ Burundo Drumbi! - John French's Series of Q&As, 2000/1 Captain Beefheart, a.k.a. Don Van Vliet, dies at 69 AllMusic Review by Steve Huey The Case for Why Captain Beefheart’s Awful Sounding Album, Trout Mask Replica, Is a True Masterpiece Why this awful-sounding album is a masterpiece The Dust Blows Forward: 'Trout Mask Replica' at 50 Why Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’ Still Sounds Like Tomorrow Frownland by Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band: Analysis
info_outline Ravenous 01/17/2020
Ravenous This 1999 cannibal-horror-comedy film went through three directors in a troubled production. We discussed how it successfully critiques American consumption and Manifest Destiny despite its financial failure. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Ravenous Additional Resources: ''Creative differences'' shake up Hollywood Film: They all but ate me alive! FANGO Flashback: “RAVENOUS” Robert Carlyle Interview ANTONIA BIRD'S RAVENOUS IS A DARK CANNIBAL TALE - BUT WITH JOKES! To Serve Man: Why ‘Ravenous’ Is the Greatest Cannibal Western Ever Women in Film: The Tonal Balancing Act of Antonia Bird’s RAVENOUS Why You Should Chew On ‘Ravenous’ (1999) Forgotten Flick Ravenous Is the Best-Ever Manifest Destiny Cannibal Comedy Ravenous - 20th Anniversary DiMarco, D. (2011). Going Wendigo: The Emergence of the Iconic Monster in Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake” and Antonia Bird’s “Ravenous.” College Literature, 38(4), 134–155.
info_outline Batman Odyssey 01/10/2020
Batman Odyssey This comic book series by Neal Adams is a strange combination of talent and narcissism, along with the realization that its lead character and its creator aren't as in control as they want to be. We discuss gun violence, Expanding Earth theory, and generational conflict to try to make sense of this one-of-a-kind experience. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Batman Odyssey Additional Resources: Deconstructing the Complete and Utter Insanity of ‘Batman: Odyssey’ Batman Odyssey Ten Questions To Answer About Batman: Odyssey by Neal Adams INTERVIEW: NEAL ADAMS ON BATMAN: ODYSSEY WC10: Neal Adams Talks "Batman: Odyssey" Neal Adams ('Batman: Odyssey') NEAL ADAMS INTERVIEWS: Adams Defends ‘Batman: Odyssey’ Petit, Z. (2014). Stubborn. Aggressive. Positive. Print, 68(5), 18–21. Breaking down the complete and utter madness of Batman vs. Ra’s Al Ghul Neal Adams: Ultraviolence Did Artist Neal Adams Make an Ass Out of Wonder Woman—and Himself?
info_outline Basquiat 01/03/2020
Basquiat This 1996 film is a purported biopic about a famous painter by another famous painter, Julian Schnabel. We ask whether the narrative this movie presents is an inaccurate portrayal of its subject because it exploits him or because the director is commenting on his own place within the world of fine art. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Basquiat Additional Resources: Jim Jarmusch Explains Why He Refuses To Watch Julian Schanbel’s ‘Basquiat’ Basquiat: Julian Schnabel's Radiant Child Julian Schnabel Asks Why White Filmmakers Shouldn't Tell a Story About a Person of Color “Basquiat” and the Art of the Biopic Basquiat SCHNABEL AND HIS DOUBLES by Charlie Finch "Basquiat' trivializes talented painter's life http://alienatedinvancouver.blogspot.com/2009/07/on-filmwork-of-john-lurie-interview.html “Time to Develop”
info_outline Repost of M.R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary 12/27/2019
Repost of M.R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary This is a repost of a 2016 episode. In our 2016 holiday episode, we looked at the forgotten Christmas Eve tradition of telling ghost stories. M.R. James' work from over a hundred years ago best represents this Victorian trend, so in his honor we brought horror to academia and safe spaces. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Additional Resources: How Did Antiquarians Become Action Story Heroes? Ghost stories: why the Victorians were so spookily good at them Christmas Ghost Stories: The Ghost of Christmas Past Goes Further Back Than You Might Realize M. R. James' Ghost Stories Work Eerily Well in This Graphic Fiction Form Telling ghost stories is a lost tradition on Christmas Eve
info_outline Doctor Sleep by Stephen King 12/20/2019
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King This 2013 novel is a sequel to The Shining. With guest Emily Lewis, we consider how King continues his own redemption arc through these stories about alcoholism and parenting. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Doctor Sleep Additional Resources: Stephen King in Person The author speaks, receives Mason Award at Fall for the Book. Stephen King, "The Shining" and the crapper Stephen King Q&A: The author explores the origins of The Shining and its sequel Doctor Sleep Kathryn Schulz on Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s The Shining Sequel What Stephen King Isn’t Shine On
info_outline Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles 12/13/2019
Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles This 2018 comic series by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan reimagines the cartoon character as a gay playwright at odds with 1950s American politics. We examine Russell's writing goals while considering a critical debate about the book: is it formulaic award-bait or character-driven commentary on our present circumstances? Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles Additional Resources: ‘The Snagglepuss Chronicles’ is the best thing you’ll read all year. Seriously. EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES Takes Home 2019 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book Snagglepuss: Exit Stage Left Is a Brilliant Exploration of McCarthyism and the Lavender Scare The Snagglepuss Chronicles is the first great comic book of 2018 DC Reviving Hanna-Barbera's 'Snagglepuss' as Gay Playwright Snagglepuss, LGBT hero: Legendary Hanna-Barbera character reborn in new comic series Review in progress: Exit Stage Left — The Snagglepuss Chronicles Mark Morales Demystifies the Art of Inking Comics “Exit, Stage Left” | Books of 2019, #4 Queer Visibility: What SNAGGLEPUSS Could Teach Us About Resistance in 2018
info_outline Foolish by Superchunk 12/06/2019
Foolish by Superchunk Thank you to our Co-producer patron Kevin Wetter for selecting this week's topic! This 1994 indie rock album means a lot to its fans as proof positive that you can survive a romantic breakup. We look at the small business that drove its creation and try to put ourselves in the shoes of the listeners who cherish it. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Foolish Additional Resources: Superchunk release acoustic version of ‘Foolish’ w/ Allison Crutchfield, Owen Pallett, more Brian Paulson Studio aesthetics Rank Your Records: Laura Ballance Ruthlessly Rates Superchunk’s Ten Albums Dusting ‘Em Off: Superchunk – Foolish CHUNKY STYLE The Guide to Getting into Superchunk
info_outline Aeon Flux 11/29/2019
Aeon Flux This animated series was an MTV oddity, televised between 1991 and 1994 in a blur of non-linear, ambiguous chunks. We talk about how creator Peter Chung got this made while inserting symbolic references to the limits of 1990's storytelling. We also wonder why we're so nostalgic for a simpler time when our entertainment was more nebulous and weird. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Aeon Flux Additional Resources: Aeon Flux: All You've Ever Needed From Sci-Fi SOUND Interview with Peter Chung The Peter Chung Interview!!!! Aeon Flux: An animated future from the past We Don’t Need Another Live-Action Aeon Flux Peter Chung On Aeon Flux Marin, R., & Gegax, T. T. (1995). Holy Akira! It’s Aeon Flux. Newsweek, 126(7), 68. http://scf.usc.edu/~huntleym/itp104/assignment6/mainpage.html CRAIG MATHIESON. (2006, June 23). Will the real Aeon Flux please stand up. Age, The (Melbourne), p. 9. Atkinson, M. (1996). Inside aeon. Film Comment, 32(1), 20.
info_outline Danny, The Champion of the World 11/22/2019
Danny, The Champion of the World This 1975 children's book by Roald Dahl is about class conflict and an idealized relationship between a child and their parent. We talk about Dahl's notoriously disagreeable personality while trying to reconcile it with this genuinely joyful story. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Danny, The Champion of the World Additional Resources: Roald Dahl. By: Kelleghan, Fiona, Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, 2018 Danny the Champion of the World Summary & Study Guide The Ambiguities of Growing Up: Danny the Champion of the World https://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/a-e/danny-the-champion-of-the-world Words & pictures. Creative Review, 02621037, Mar2012, Vol. 32, Issue 3 THE CANDY MAN. By: Talbot, Margaret, New Yorker, 0028792X, 7/11/2005, Vol. 81, Issue 20 Roald Dahl. By: Lee, Stephan, Entertainment Weekly, 10490434, 10/10/2014, Issue 1332 Worlds of WONDER. By: DORN, JENNIFER, British Heritage, 01952633, May2014, Vol. 35, Issue 2 The first Roald Dahl approved BFG illustration is whizzpopping
info_outline Spinning by Tillie Walden 11/15/2019
Spinning by Tillie Walden This 2017 graphic novel is a memoir about growing up, figure skating, and coming out of the closet. We talk about how Walden approached the project with guidance from her editor while we look at the comics industry as a whole and the tensions between the book market and the direct market. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Spinning Additional Resources: Tillie Walden on the Queer Characters and Emotional Turmoil of Her New Comic, I Love This Part “Everything I Had to Say about My Life Is in That Book”: An Interview with Tillie Walden How LGBT Ice Skating Graphic Novel 'Spinning' Defies Definition Tillie Walden: That In-Between State Spinning’s Tillie Walden on the Power of Pursuing and Ending Childhood Dreams Women make history, and receive overdue recognition, at 2018 Eisner Awards ‘Spinning’ is a heartfelt graphic novel about figure skating and teen life Surprising New Data Shows Comic Readers Are Leaving Superheroes Behind All-Ages Week: The Direct Market vs. The Book Market
info_outline Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe 11/08/2019
Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe This 2018 concept album is about reckoning, celebrating, and reclaiming what it means to be American. We discuss how Monáe uses her platform to advocate for queer and black women while working with big record labels to also produce commercial success. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Dirty Computer Additional Resources: Janelle Monáe Bends More Than Gender In Two New Videos From 'Dirty Computer' Why Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Film Is a Timely New Sci-Fi Masterpiece Why Janelle Monáe Put Her Music on Hold to Take Hollywood by Storm Prince apparently wrote the synth line on Janelle Monáe’s new single How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice Janelle Monáe On Her Dirty, World-Dominating Year Unpacking the meaning of ‘Dirty Computer,’ in which Janelle Monáe finally gets to be herself Janelle Monáe on the meaning of "Dirty Computer" and what she promised her grandmother
info_outline Brian De Palma's Carrie 11/01/2019
Brian De Palma's Carrie This is a special repost of the first episode of our Patreon-only series, SuperKINGcontext. Stephen King's first novel was adapted into this 1976 cautionary movie about adolescence, bullying, and female representation by a team of middle-aged men. How does the male gaze impact this story that is so often referred to as "feminist"? Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Carrie Additional Resources: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/04/carrie-stephen-king-horror https://web.archive.org/web/20000510093031/http://www.briandepalma.net/carrie/carrint.htm http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/pj-soles-reminisces-about-the-original-carrie.html https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/03/carrie-stephen-king-brian-de-palma-horror-films-feminism https://cinephiliabeyond.org/four-decades-later-brian-de-palmas-carrie-stands-one-capably-crafted-horror-films-time/ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/10474858/Carrie-the-growing-pains-of-a-horror-classic.html https://sites.google.com/site/cultoddities/home/carrie/carrie-1976/press/sissy-spacek-interviews https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/11/03/carries-prom-scene-an-oral-history-part-one https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/11/04/carries-prom-scene-an-oral-history-part-two
info_outline Chapo Trap House 10/25/2019
Chapo Trap House This political comedy podcast makes over a million dollars a year from its Patreon subscribers alone. We try to unpack how it gets made while learning more about the personal values associated with the "dirtbag left." Chapo Trap House podcast on Soundcloud Additional Resources: Meet Chapo Trap House: The Funniest and Most F**ked Up New Podcast About Media and Politics THE RADICAL CHEEK OF 'CHAPO TRAP HOUSE' Chapo Trap House are the Vulgar, Brilliant Demigods of the New Progressive Left Explaining the ‘Chapo Trap House’ Podcast to the Uninitiated Liberals are making bank on a site called Patreon. The right calls it "hipster welfare." What Will Become of the Dirtbag Left? Is This the Stupidest Book Ever Written About Socialism? Chapo Trap House subreddit quarantined for allegedly encouraging violence SOCIALISM IS BACK, AND THE KIDS ARE LOVING IT. Reason. Aug/Sep2019, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p55-52. 4p. 2 'The Voice of the Dirtbag Left': socialist US comics Chapo Trap House Chapo Trap House: Socialism for the Extremely Online
info_outline Injection by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire 10/18/2019
Injection by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire This 2015 comic mixes folklore and magic with science and technology. We discuss how each creator brings their own experimentation to the project, and how it's been received by the comic book industry and its more philosophical readers. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Injection Additional Resources: Warren Ellis' Freaky Scifi Comic Series Injection Gets Optioned for TV Exclusive Interview with Injection’s Warren Ellis INTERVIEW: Warren Ellis talks about ‘Injection’ without crying AN INJECTION OF WARREN ELLIS IN THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Matt Chats: Declan Shalvey on Wolverine, Injection, Learning from Scripting Comics, and Why He Brings up ArtCred Less What's at Stake with Warren Ellis's 'Injection' INJECTION #1 TALK WITH WARREN ELLIS, DECLAN SHALVEY & JORDIE BELLAIRE Take Control Of Your World: Revisiting ‘Injection’ By Ellis, Shalvey & Bellaire [Sci-Fi Week] Read More: Take Control Of Your World: Revisiting 'Injection' [Review] https://injectioncomic.tumblr.com/ BELLAIRE & SHALVEY: ART & COLOR, WORKING IN CONCERT [GALLERY] INJECTION #2: LETHAL DECOMPRESSION [CLOSE READ] Haug H. The Alchemical Singularity: Magic and Technology in Warren Ellis’s Injection. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. 2019;48(132):22
info_outline The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher 10/11/2019
The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher This collection of non-fiction essays attempts to define two modes of storytelling by providing examples of each from popular culture. We talk about how Fisher's argument fits into our larger discussions of horror stories and how his definitions may be useful for considering the end of capitalism. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: The Weird and the Eerie Additional Resources: The Revolution Will Be Weird and Eerie Eugene Thacker – Weird, Eerie, and Monstrous: A Review of “The Weird and the Eerie” by Mark Fisher Making Sense of “The Weird and the Eerie” In Memoriam: Mark Fisher why we quit: tariq goddard on leaving zero books Toward a Theory of the New Weird
info_outline Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Season 1 10/04/2019
Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, Season 1 Thank you to our Co-producer patron Kevin Wetter for selecting this week's topic! This 2009 TV show, helmed by Joss Whedon, was meant to be a thematic exploration of identity and sexuality but many have argued about its problematic story. Was that because of corporate interference or Whedon's own issues with feminist representation? Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Dollhouse, Season 1 Additional Resources: Adams, Pippa. Women in Science Fiction: Opportunities and Constraints of Representations in Postfeminist Worlds Joss Whedon on Comic Books, Abusing Language and the Joys of Genre JOSS WHEDON TALKS FIREFLY, DOLLHOUSE AND LEAVING TELEVISION The Mind-Transplant Script Whedon Wrote Before Dollhouse Anderson, D. (2016). Echoes of Frankenstein: Shelley’s Masterpiece in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and Our Relationship with Technology. Slayage, 43, 1 Kitchens, J. (2016). Object Entanglements: From Postmodern Subjectivity to Posthuman Thingness in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Studies in Popular Culture, 38(2), 1. Rogers, S. (2011). Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 22(2), 153. Avni, S. (2008). Inside the Dollhouse. Mother Jones, 33(6), 88–89. Jensen, J. (2008). Welcome to the “Dollhouse” Fan Frenzy. Entertainment Weekly, (997), 14. The Expired Feminism of Joss Whedon In defence of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity, edited by Sherry Ginn, Alyson R. Buckman, Heather M. Porter “Fantasy Is His Business, but It Is Not His Purpose” by Alyson R. Buckman The Fascinating No-Consent Fantasia of Dollhouse and Mad Men POSTMORTEM: WHY WE HATED DOLLHOUSE. AND WHY WE LOVED IT.
info_outline Repost of The Dark Knight 09/27/2019
Repost of The Dark Knight THIS IS A REPOST OF A 2016 EPISODE. As the release of the film JOKER looms, we revisit our discussion about Batman, the Joker, and ambiguity. Looking back on the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” does it stand for anything? Or does it simply soak up whatever morals we bring to it? Christopher Nolan’s intentions remain mysterious, but we do our best to figure them out. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: The Dark Knight Additional Resources: JOHNSON, V. (2014). ‘It’s What You Do that Defines You:’ Christopher Nolan’s Batman as Moral Philosopher. Journal Of Popular Culture, 47(5), 952. doi:10.1111/jpcu.12181 The Dark Knight of the American Empire Hunting The Dark Knight : Twenty-First Century Batman. London: I.B.Tauris Dive Deep Into the Making of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy With This Documentary
info_outline A Zed and Two Noughts 09/20/2019
A Zed and Two Noughts Thank you to our Co-producer patron Miriam Meaney for selecting this week's topic! This 1985 Peter Greenaway film approaches storytelling with the perspective that there is no meaning to reality despite our organized attempts to create it. We talk about how Greenaway uses the traditions of Dutch paintings and anatomical animal studies to get this message across or frustrate us by trying. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: A Zed and Two Noughts Additional Resources: Symmetry and Structure in Greenaway’s A Zed and Two Noughts Organizing the ZOO: Peter Greenaway’s A Zed & Two Noughts Distant Voices, Still Lives and A Zed and Two Noughts: watch the double bill Alemany-Galway, M., & Willoquet-Maricondi, P. (2008). Peter Greenaway’s Postmodern / Poststructuralist Cinema (Vol. Rev. ed). Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press. De Beauregard, R. C. (2010). Green Apples and Red Prawns: The Colour of Time in Peter Greenaway’s A Zed & Two Noughts ( Z.0.0.). Journal of British Cinema & Television, 7(1), 82.
info_outline Takeshi Kitano's Dolls 09/13/2019
Takeshi Kitano's Dolls 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 Inviolable Attachments: Takeshi Kitano’s Dolls Dolls (2002) Redmond, S. (2013). The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano : Flowering Blood. London: WallFlower Press. Sherman Hollar. (2012). Kitano Takeshi. Britannica Biographies, 1.
info_outline On Moral Fiction by John Gardner 09/09/2019
On Moral Fiction by John Gardner In this 1978 non-fiction book, Gardner argues that art and writing should be moral and that his peers in the literary community are immoral for failing to uphold this tradition. We discuss Gardner's tragic life story while trying to process this debate and whether he was right, wrong or just an asshole. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: On Moral Fiction Additional Resources: John Gardner, Pugilist at Rest Moral Fiction John Gardner raided the castle of American fiction, a bit like Grendel. By David Stanton Getting the Elephant off the Baby: A Look Back at John Gardner’s On Moral Fiction John Gardner’s Tricksy Death and Tangled Legacy On Moral Fiction, By John Gardner, Analysis by Christian Author Lorilyn Roberts John Gardner: A Tiny Eulogy What Do You Mean, 'Moral' Fiction? An Interview with John Gardner John Gardner
info_outline Welcome to Nightvale 08/30/2019
Welcome to Nightvale This podcast started in 2012 as a fictional update from a strange, supernatural town. With guest Dave Moore, we discuss how this successful production is made while unpacking the utopian ideal it creates with a kind of drab mundanity. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Find out more at their website and tell them we sent you. Welcome to Nightvale Additional Resources: Welcome To 'Night Vale' — Watch Out For The Tarantulas Welcome to Night Vale: Eerie, witty podcast has Texas ties Celebrating Their Corpse-Strewn Future: Welcome to Night Vale 10 Reasons to Listen to Welcome to Night Vale Welcome to Oakland, ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor on Welcome To Night Vale Why Welcome to Night Vale is Important Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Religious Colonialism in Welcome to Night Vale America's Most Popular Podcast: What The Internet Did To "Welcome to Night Vale" Fan-created transcripts make it even easier to get into “Night Vale FX To Develop ‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Podcast For TV; Harper Perennial Orders Two New Books
info_outline Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth 08/23/2019
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth 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 Earth Owen, D. (2017). Player and Avatar : The Affective Potential of Videogames. Jefferson, UNITED STATES: McFarland. Horror is Knowledge: The Presentation of Fear in 'Call of Cthulhu
info_outline Providence by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows 08/16/2019
Providence by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows 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 Providence: ‘It’s Time To Go For A Reappraisal Of Lovecraft’ H.P. Moorecraft: On the Ending of Providence PROVIDENCE Artist JACEN BURROWS On His Long Collaboration With Alan Moore, Adapting LOVECRAFT, More Providence: Lovecraft, Sexual Violence, and the Body of the Other The Road To Providence Innsmouth Gold: Providence Sales Data American Dread: Alan Moore and the Racism of H. P. Lovecraft Pickman’s Apprentice: An Appreciation of Jacen Burrows
info_outline From Beyond 08/09/2019
From Beyond This 1986 horror film adapted an H.P. Lovecraft story into a transgressive "video nasty" about repressed sexuality. We learn about the production methods that brought its "pineal glands" to life, while discussing Lovecraft's fear of sex in contrast with From Beyond's smashing of taboos. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: From Beyond Additional Resources: 30 YEARS LATER, FROM BEYOND IS LOVECRAFT AT HIS KINKIEST The Cult 80s Horror Movie That Foretold Our Augmented Future Corliss, Richard. TIME Magazine; 12/1/1986, Vol. 128 Issue 22, p74, Sharrett, C. (2015). Lovecraft Today. Cineaste, 41(1), 27–78. A Man’s Home… Transgressive Sexuality and Slimy Creatures 'From Beyond (Collector's Edition)' Stuart Gordon’s Shock Treatment Race, Sexuality, and Procreation in H.P. Lovecraft Film Adaptations The Posthumous Pornification of H. P. Lovecraft Howard Phillips Lovecraft and Sex: or The Sex Life of a Gentleman Wisker G. (2013) “Spawn of the Pit”: Lavinia, Marceline, Medusa, and All Things Foul: H. P. Lovecraft’s Liminal Women. In: Simmons D. (eds) New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft.
info_outline Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 08/02/2019
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 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 Over America: Matt Ruff and Victor LaValle Take on Lovecraft and Race Talking with Matt Ruff about science fiction’s racist past Cthulhu Gon’ Slay: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff Real-world and mythical terrors get equal billing in Lovecraft Country
info_outline Akira 07/26/2019
Akira This 1988 Japanese anime film broke the bank with its high production budget, but it is still remembered for its masterful artwork and deep themes about adolescence and post-war dystopia. Interested in the media we discussed this episode? Please support the show by purchasing it through our affiliate store: Akira Additional Resources: Akira: The Story Behind The Film ‘Akira’: Looking back at the future Akira: The Tortured History of the Unmade Live-Action Adaptation 30 Years of Akira: The Triumph and Legacy of a Legendary Film ‘Akira’ Is Frequently Cited as Influential. Why Is That? How 'Akira' Has Influenced All Your Favourite TV, Film and Music
info_outline The Terminal Beach by J. G. Ballard 07/19/2019
The Terminal Beach by J. G. Ballard 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 26: JG Ballard Four Stories: "The Drowned Giant" by J.G. Ballard | Weird Fiction Review 'The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard' - Los Angeles Times The Catastrophist The haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard Ballard, James Graham (1930–2009) BOOKS Remembering J.G. Ballard's Science Fiction Legacy JG Ballard: Extreme Metaphor: A Crash Course In The Fiction Of JG Ballard The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard J. G. Ballard, The Art of Fiction No. 85 Wilson DH. J. G. Ballard. Urbana: University of Illinois Press; 2017.
info_outline Fishbone & The Familyhood Nextperience Present: The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx 07/12/2019
Fishbone & The Familyhood Nextperience Present: The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx 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 & Fishbone Back on Its Mission FISHBONE Seminal funk game-changers in town Ska-Punk Rockers, Way Ahead of the Curve LIFSON, A. (2011). A Fish Story. Humanities, 32(1), 6. Fricke, D. (1991). Black and bruised. Rolling Stone, (614), 68. Biggs, Jimmie. “Growing Up Black in the White Punk Scene.” New York Amsterdam News. 6/30/2005, Vol. 96 Issue 27, p17-17.
info_outline GLOW, Season One 07/05/2019
GLOW, Season One This 2017 Netflix television show is a critically acclaimed fictional depiction of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling that were popular in the 1980s. We discuss how the show's creators handle representation of stereotypes while also criticizing the worst of America's fears. Additional resources: Get in the Ring: How ‘GLOW’ Recreates the Golden Age of Lady-Wrestling TV Why ‘GLOW’ Creators Made Women’s Wrestling Series How the Original G.L.O.W. Wrestlers Helped Shape the Netflix Hit ‘GLOW’ Fight Coordinator Chavo Guerrero Jr. on Getting Wrestling Right Obsessed With ‘GLOW’? Meet The Real Female Wrestlers Who Inspired The Show How accurate is Netflix GLOW series? Original GLOW girl Tina Ferrari weighs in What GLOW Gets Right About Pro Wrestling “The Slow and Sudden Rise of Marc Maron,” Newsweek Global. 6/29/2018, Vol. 170 Issue 24, p26-33. Glowing Past: Netflix's "GLOW" costume designer on '80s trends and the evolution of sneakers, FN: Footwear News. 7/16/2018, Vol. 74 Issue 22, p10-1