Monthly Archives: August 2018

Supercontext: Bone, Volume 1: Out From Boneville

This independent comedy/fantasy comic book series wasn’t intended to be for kids necessarily, but because of how savvily Jeff Smith marketed his self-publishing business, it became a hit for all-ages. We discuss Bone‘s impact on the library market, as well as its struggles with female representation and censorship.

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Supercontext: The Good Place, Season 1

A strange sculpture with a button on top is being prayed to (or celebrated) by a woman in a demure dress. Title

This mainstream television series may be about the afterlife, but it also serves as a platform for defining our morality here in the real world. We discuss the team behind its creation and how they crafted a narrative that avoids political correctness, while teaching us about ethics and positivity in a time of political trauma.

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Supercontext: A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

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This 201 award-winning work of literary fiction has been celebrated by everyone from academics to Rolling Stone. But we look at it in light of its cultural expectations, from a “high brow” publisher, to its timidity about engaging with ethnically diverse characters.

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  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan ? review
  • “Goon Squad”: Jennifer Egan’s time-travel tour de force
    • CS Note: Salon’s site is so full of ads and video overlays that I could barely read the article as it slowed my computer to a halt.
  • HBO Sets Pulitzer Prize Winner ‘A Visit From The Goon Squad’ For Series Treatment
  • Strong, M. J. (2018). Found time: Kairos in A Visit from the Goon Squad. Critique, 59(4), 471-480.
  • Cowart, D. (2015). Thirteen Ways of Looking: Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. Critique, 56(3), 241-254.
  • MOLING, M. (2016). “No Future”: Time, Punk Rock and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. Arizona Quarterly, 72(1), 51.
  • “Water, Water Everywhere,” By: WHELDON, WYNN. Commentary. Nov2017, Vol. 144 Issue 4, p60-62. 3p.
  • “Big Novelist: Jennifer Egan,” By: Heller, Nathan. Rolling Stone. 5/31/2012, Issue 1158, p66-67. 2p.
  • Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses A Visit From The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan, By: Godfrey, Laura; Egan, Jennifer; Herbert, Marilyn; Bookclub-in-a-Box (Firm). [England] : Bookclub-In-A-Box. 2012. eBook., Database: eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

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Lost in the Stacks, encore of Episode 337: Bibliometrics, Yay-Hoo!

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Encore of episode first broadcast March 17, 2017.

Playlist at: https://www.wrek.org/2018/08/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-august-10-2018-bibliometrics-yay-hoo-encore-of-episode-337/

“The best way to truly understand anything is to talk with someone from Oklahoma.”

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Supercontext: Jean-Luc Godard’s Week-end

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This 1967 movie was called “the death of cinema” by its creator, and operated as a critique of both capitalism and mainstream films. We try to understand how a man as notoriously malicious as Godard was to his cast and crew, could also use this platform to argue for a better world.  

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Lost in the Stacks, encore of Episode 256: Community Builder, Corporate Resistor

Part 4 of AMEET VS NYAN CAT

First broadcast May 8 2015.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/08/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-august-3rd-2018-community-builder-corporate-resistor-encore-of-episode-256/http://www.wrek.org/?p=12001

“You have a nemesis!”

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Supercontext: Mission of Burma: Signals, Calls and Marches

This debut EP from a legendary Boston punk band has been held in critical reverence for over 30 years. We look to how the songs were written, recorded and distributed to try to unpack what it all does (or doesn’t) mean.

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