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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 380: Appetite for Instruction

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Guest: Karen Viars of Georgia Tech Library

First broadcast April 13, 2018.

Playlist at: https://www.wrek.org/2018/04/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-april-13th-appetite-for-instruction-episode-380/

 

“We’re actually teaching you skills that you need to know, because you’re a person who makes decisions in the world.”

 

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Supercontext: Wind River

This 2017 film, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, is trying to be a respectful crime drama set on a Native American reservation. We discuss Sheridan’s mission and choices, as well as the criticism and praise it received for its depiction.

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Supercontext: Jen Kirkman, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)”

Jen Kirkman is a prolific comedian, known for her acerbic, dry wit. We look at her 2015 Netflix special and wonder what it says about mainstream lifestyles, feminist courage and life after forty.

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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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