Monthly Archives: March 2018

Supercontext: Will Eisner’s A Contract With God

This graphic novel, by one of the elder statesmen of comics, pushed the medium into new formats, genres and methods of distribution. We discuss how Eisner used a very personal tragedy to create it, as well as its unique representation of Jewish American identity.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 377: When the Past is the Present

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Part 3 of ROCKSTARS, BURNOUTS, AND SURVIVORS

Guest: Gabrielle Dudley, Instruction Archivist & QEP Librarian at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

First broadcast March 23 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/03/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-march-23rd-when-the-past-is-the-present-episode-377/

“I was burned. I was mentally exhausted.”

 

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Supercontext: Rick & Morty, Season 1

This animated adult comedy from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon is on a mission to violate boundaries, while indulging in themes of nihilism and toxicity. We discuss how it’s written and animated, along with its representation of women and its non-unionized production team. 

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Supercontext: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy focuses on humanity’s weird relationship with nature and how we react to the unknown. We look at how VanderMeer wrote the book, the unique publishing strategy behind it and his choice to strip the characters of their identities, while still representing an all female cast.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 375: Elvis Had Left The Library

Part 1 of ROCKSTARS, BURNOUTS, AND SURVIVORS series.

First broadcast March 9 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/03/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-march-9th-elvis-had-left-the-library-episode-375/

“The Well-Read Right Hand.”

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Supercontext: Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet

This Marvel Comics storyline began in 2016 as a synergistic publishing scheme that led to the wildly successful Black Panther film. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze tell a tale about monarchy, nationalism, revolution, diversity and the universal trope of power.

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Supercontext: Guided By Voices, August By Cake

This is Guided By Voices’ 100th record (by some fuzzy math). We discuss how they create songs and what each band member contributes. We also debate the quantity over quality ethos of this prolific band… and wonder if for some listeners it’s more like a religion.

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