Monthly Archives: February 2019

Library 20/20: Episode 004 – In the Stacks, Part I


What happens when the library moves its book collection out of the building and down the road?

Music: “The Informant” by Steelism, “I’ll Become Everything” by Dean Jaina, and “The Zeppelin” from the Blue Dot Sessions.

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Supercontext: The Tale of One Bad Rat, by Bryan Talbot


This collected comic is about a victim of child abuse, while also serving as an homage to the work of storyteller Beatrix Potter. We discuss Talbot’s approach to representing such difficult subject matter, while also crafting a book that was more user friendly to non-comics readers.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 413: Who Discovered the Archives?


Guest: Alison Reynolds of the Georgia Tech Archives
First broadcast FEB 15, 2019.
Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/02/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-february-15th-who-discovered-the-archives-episode-413/

“If it’s described by an archivist, if it’s online, and if there’s a finding aid, then definitely an archivist has found it.”

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Supercontext: Crashing, Season One


This HBO television show about a standup comedian going through divorce attempts to tackle three big themes: sex, religion and the importance of comedy. We look into Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow’s motivations behind-the-scenes, while also asking, “What is its point of view beyond self absorption?”

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Library 20/20: Episode 003 – Books?


The Georgia Tech Library is getting ready to transform itself into the library of the future. One piece of this transformation is moving the bulk of the book collection out of the library and into another facility.

Music: “The Informant” by Steelism, “Double Exposure” by Los Close, and “On Three Legs” from the Blue Dot Sessions.

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Supercontext: Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño


This 1996 novella is about the dark history of Chilé, merged with a detective story about poets. We look at Bolaño’s career, while taking into account criticisms of his authenticity and his representation of Chileans from the vantage of his security in Europe.
 

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Supercontext: Throne of Blood


This 1957 Japanese samurai film is a postwar adaptation of Shakespeare’s MacBeth, but we learned that it’s also tapping into historical theatrical techniques and criticisms of nationalistic self-destruction. We turn to other writers and scholars for help unpacking these symbols we don’t know much about, while learning just how universal this critically acclaimed movie actually is.

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