Tag Archives: publishing

Supercontext: Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin

This book attempts to redefine the novel by combining narrative with an imagined anthropological record. We discuss Le Guin’s background and mission, as well as larger questions about cultural misappropriation and utopianism.

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    • Le Guin, Urusula K. “On the Frontier,” in The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination, edited by Le Guin. Boston: Shambhala Press, 2004.

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Supercontext: Shadowland by Peter Straub

This fantasy/horror novel about prep school boys and magical authority came in the middle of the genre paperback boom. We talk about Straub’s concerns when writing it and how he walked the line between horror and “literature,” while responding to the market pressures on his publisher.

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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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Lost in the Stacks, ENCORE Episode 179: A Personal Guide To Open Access

Part 1 of OPEN ACCESS

Guest: Michael Chang of the Brook Byers Institute

First broadcast on October 11th, 2013

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2013/10/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-october-11th-2013-a-personal-guide-to-open-access-episode-179/

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Supercontext: What Happened to Paste Magazine?

Paste Magazine was a victim of its time, facing a bad economy and competing pressures between physical and digital media. But what changes were its founders willing to make to keep it alive as a website? And in the process, did they betray their loyal audience?

 

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