Author Archives: Charlie

Supercontext: The Killing Floor by Lee Child (Jack Reacher Book 1)

This crime novel follows a wandering problem-solver who always wins. We discuss why these books are so immensely popular and the vicarious consolation we get out of the hero, his nobility and his alienation.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 395: Citizen Science in the Fossil Lab

Guest: Jenny McGuire, Georgia Tech professor of Biology and head of the Spatial Ecology and Paleontology lab.

First broadcast September 14th, 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/09/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-september-14th-citizen-science-in-the-fossil-lab-episode-395/

“Something about finding things visually by being able to do pattern recognition is very meditative and relaxing.”

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Supercontext: Touch of Evil

Black-and-white drawing of a dynamite bomb with timer. Title

This 1958 Orson Welles’ picture has been called the last of the classic film noir era. We discuss Welles’ approach to filmmaking, his conflicts with the movie studio and the thematic tensions displayed by the genre at the time. Oh, and Charlton Heston’s makeup. That gets a good 10 minutes.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 394: Where Are We Going?

First broadcast September 7 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/09/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-september-7-where-are-we-going-episode-394/

“So we should have done homework on this one.”

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Supercontext: Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Series 3

This British comedy series is a deconstruction of humor in a jazz-like improvisation. We discuss Lee’s persona, the BBC’s decision-making process and the fine lines between self-absorption, art and masturbation. In fact, we take a masturbation metaphor way too far. So brace yourselves.

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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

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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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