Monthly Archives: April 2019

Supercontext: Westworld, Season 1


This HBO series remake about artificial intelligence, violence and consciousness was made with expert care by everyone involved in its production. But we ask, why then wasn’t its depiction of its big themes ultimately satisfying?

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 420: As Your Attorney I Advise You Again to Drive at Top Speed


First broadcast April 19 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/04/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-april-19th-as-your-attorney-i-advise-you-again-to-drive-at-top-speed-episode-420/

“It’ll be a miracle if we get to Las Vegas before you become a wild animal.”

 

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Supercontext: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace


This 1996 novel is infamous for its length and complex narrative structure, while being critically lauded for its themes and style. We discuss how Wallace approached the project, while grappling with revelations about how he treated women both on-and-off the page.

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Supercontext: The Neon Demon


Thank you to our Co-Producer patron Miriam Meaney for selecting this week’s topic!

This 2016 film by Nicolas Winding Refn is about beauty, jealousy and the entertainment industry. We look at Refn’s thematic intentions and the myriad of arguments about his “misogyny” or “feminism,” to try to understand how the glamour industry portrays women.

 

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Goodnight PunPun, Volume 1


This 2007 manga serial by Inio Asano seems like a simple story about a middle-school boy growing up in Japan. But we find that using symbolic simplicity together with the detailed, weird world of adults, Asano has been described as the voice of his generation.

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