Monthly Archives: December 2016

Supercontext: Warren Ellis’ Normal

In his new serialized novella Normal, Warren Ellis shows us how too much futurism can lead to “abyss gaze.” Christian went to one of Ellis’ few U.S. readings from the book and reports to Charlie on how social media is the new cosmic horror. And what’s the difference between a foresight strategist and a strategic forecaster?

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 327: Global Web Preservation


Guests: Abbie Grotke (Library of Congress) and Alex Thurman (Columbia University Libraries)

First broadcast December 2 2016.

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“Around 2002, I was pulled aside by my boss and she says ‘Hey, do you want to try something new?'”

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Supercontext: David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp

Regarded as one of the best graphic novels of our time, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp is a story we all know in a way we’ve never seen before. We discuss Mazzucchelli’s decision to stop doing “assembly line comics” and take control of his works’ symbolism, formalism and experimentation. 

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