Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shakespeare in the Bush

 “You Americans,” said a friend, “often have difficulty with Shakespeare. He was, after all, a very English poet, and one can easily misinterpret the universal by misunderstanding the particular.”

Shakespeare in the Bush is Laura Bohannan's classic anthropological field-notes-turned-parable about trying to paraphrase Hamlet for her West African Tiv hosts. I read this back in college and loved it, and recently it came up in discussion and I read it again, and thought "well this is a thing I should share on my blog."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Privilege at the Classics Cafe"

Rachel K. Jones gives us a parable about unpalatable parts of (cult) classic literature. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Latest Podcast Recommendations

Right, so it's been over a year. Here are some new podcast recommendations, if you're coming to me for that sort of thing, which, you never know, you might be.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History- War! Tactics! Great Men! National Character! Will Durant! This podcast is everything I'm glad no longer dominates standard history curriculum, but as one voice among many it is one of my absolute favorite things in the world. Carlin is an incredibly knowledgeable amateur historian who is madly passionate about what he's doing, and what he's doing is making you feel like you were there, like you knew the people involved. Like you could smell the blood on the wind. These are very long, but if you're writing any kind of epic at all, I recommend you listen to all these twice.

Welcome to Night Vale- It's basically like if Lake Woebegone was set in a Lovecraft story. It's my favorite thing in the world. Bizarro radio drama.

Cody's Cuentos (website is now defunct)- teach yourself Spanish through fairy tales in audio! This one no longer updates, but what's there is pretty useful, and good for an intermediate learner.

Tales to Terrify- it's Starship Sofa, but for horror!

The Coode Street Podcast- Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan interviews top folks, and engage in in depth discussion about Science Fiction.

Terra Incognita Australian Speculative Fiction- What it says on the tin. Antipodal goodness in story bundle format. It's finished up, but there's a lot to listen to in the archives.

WNYC's Radiolab- this will be a series of semi-related journalism pieces centered around an interesting theme. They're mostly human interest stuff, but they're very interesting. A word of caution- this podcast appears to be crafted by audiophile editing students, and so there will be cuts and sound mixing out of all proportion to necessity. But if you can sit through that, it's super fun. Sewage treatment, medical chimerism, interesting brain damage, church for your pets, it's all here.

Knifepoint Horror- Story podcast. Stories are long and slow, but in a good way. It's very slow burn stuff, but it's quite creepy. Like a very good campfire story. It went on a long hiatus, but it appears to be back now.

Geeks' Guide to the Galaxy- John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley do fantastic in depth interviews with genre and media professionals

And of course the increasingly long list of podcasts I have already recommended:

Escape Pod - science fiction
Pseudopod - horror
Podcastle- fantasy
Drabblecast- weird short fiction
Clarkesworld- science fiction/fantasy
Beneath Ceaseless Skies- fantasy adventure fantasy, seems defunct now
The New Yorker- literary fiction with commentary
Bound Off- literary
Cast Macabre- dark, on hiatus
Lightspeed Magazine- science fiction and fantasy (now incorporates what was Fantasy Magazine)
Dark Fiction Magazine- dark, british
Cast of Wonders- young adult, fantasy
Hooting Yard on The Air-  All Frank Key all the Time.
Toasted Cake- weird, flash
Flash Fiction Online- general, flash, seems defunct
Dread Central Station Dreadtime Stories- horror, camp, not updating
Strange Horizons- Science fiction and slipstream, emphasis on underrepresented characters, plus poetry!
Small Beer Press Podcast- stories plus interviews plus beer
Nightmare Magazine- awesome horror
Starship Sofa- science fiction, often classic

 Writing Excuses- fifteen minute topic specific advice
I Should Be Writing- inspiration, interviews, feedback, market analysis. The Good Cop/Bad Cop is a personal favorite.
Locus Roundtable- round table discussions
Odyssey Writing Workshop- lectures from Odyssey
K.M. Weiland's Word Play Podcast- short advice
Roundtable Podcast- long story workshopping plus interviews
Speculate!-story discussion plus interviews

Science Fiction and Fantasy, More Broadly:
SFSqueecast- positive recommendations for books, movies, games, podcasts, comics, and more
Outer Alliance- QUILTBAG issues in Science Fiction

Stuff You Should Know- trivia, various topics
Stuff You Missed In History Class- fun, light, trivial history

Wednesday, March 5, 2014