Monthly Archives: December 2016

Supercontext: Inherent Vice


Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice was embraced by some and puzzled others. But does a movie that’s designed to be repeatedly re-watched automatically become a cult film?

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Supercontext: M.R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary


In our 2016 holiday episode we look at the forgotten Christmas Eve tradition of telling ghost stories. M.R. James’ work from over a hundred years ago best represents this Victorian trend, so in his honor we bring horror to academia and safe spaces.

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Lost in the Stacks, ENCORE Episode 238: A LITSmas Carol


What happens when George “Scrooge” P. Burdell says “bah humbug” to libraries? Why, he gets a talking to from the ghost of Dorothy Crosland, of course!

In honor of libraries across the world, and in the Dickensian holiday spirit, Lost in the Stacks (also known by the acronym LITS) presents for you a radio drama: a “LITSmas Carol.”

In keeping with the finest of radio plays, there’s action, adventure, romance, flashbacks, cheesiness, sonic peril, funny voices, words from our sponsors, and yes, musical interludes, orchestrated by yours truly, the librarians.

So find a cozy study carrel or grab your colleagues and a keg of hot cocoa and huddle around the reference desk radio to enjoy this tale of glad tidings and good library cheer.

Happy Libraries to All!
The crew of Lost in the Stacks
WREK 91.1 FM Atlanta

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Supercontext: Luke Cage, Season 1


Marvel’s latest Netflix series Luke Cage incorporates ideas about diversity into the comic adaptation formula so more kids have heroes to look up to. We look at how its inclusivity and symbolism strive to achieve this forward thinking mission.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 328: The Olympic Studies Library


Guest: Maria Bogner of the Olympic Studies Centre.

First broadcast December 9 2016.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2016/12/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-december-9th-the-olympic-studies-library-episode-328/

“Ameet, do you have what it takes to be an Olympic athlete?”

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Supercontext: Warren Ellis’ Normal


In his new serialized novella Normal, Warren Ellis shows us how too much futurism can lead to “abyss gaze.” Christian went to one of Ellis’ few U.S. readings from the book and reports to Charlie on how social media is the new cosmic horror. And what’s the difference between a foresight strategist and a strategic forecaster?

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 327: Global Web Preservation


Part 4 of ARCHIVE THE FUTURE

Guests: Abbie Grotke (Library of Congress) and Alex Thurman (Columbia University Libraries)

First broadcast December 2 2016.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2016/12/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-december-2nd-global-web-preservation-episode-327/

“Around 2002, I was pulled aside by my boss and she says ‘Hey, do you want to try something new?'”

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Supercontext: David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp


Regarded as one of the best graphic novels of our time, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp is a story we all know in a way we’ve never seen before. We discuss Mazzucchelli’s decision to stop doing “assembly line comics” and take control of his works’ symbolism, formalism and experimentation. 

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