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Supercontext repost: Nick Cave Double Feature

This repost of our two Nick Cave episodes is a mess of grief, awe, love, and aspiration.

This repost of our two Nick Cave episodes is a mess of grief, awe, love, and aspiration.
 

Part 1: Nick Cave’s Lament
 

In anticipation of the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album “Skeleton Tree” and its accompanying documentary “One More Time With Feeling,” we discuss the tragedy of losing a child and its effect on art, performance and persona.
 

Part 2: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree
 

By becoming a more vulnerable frontman, Nick Cave has transformed after a major tragedy. To understand this better, we cover his latest album Skeleton Tree, the companion film One More Time With Feeling and the Bad Seeds’ latest North American tour.

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Supercontext: Regurgitator, Unit

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

This 1997 Australian alternative rock record was a massive success in its home country, but is something we (the hosts) were totally unfamiliar with. We look at how music subjectively builds identity for some “young people” to understand why Unit is so important to adults looking back on their outsider adolescence.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 422: Catastrophes of Literacy

Guest: Daniel Kalder, Author of The Infernal Library: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy.

First broadcast May 3, 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/05/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-may-3rd-how-to-write-a-book-iii-catastrophes-of-literacy-episode-422/

“If you’re writing a book about dictators…there’s all kinds of strategies to bring the reader along so they are not suffering.”

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Supercontext: HULK

Thank you to our Co-producer patron Kevin Wetter for selecting this week’s topic!

This 2003 superhero film adaption went through ten screenwriters during its production and suffered poor critical reception. We look back before the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we now know it and ask why the formula of Greek tragedy mixed with Cold War paranoia failed to work.

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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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