Monthly Archives: May 2019

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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Supercontext: The Sheriff of Babylon

This 2015 Vertigo comic by Tom King and Mitch Gerads sets a murder mystery in the Iraq War in 2004. We discuss how the creators strived for accuracy and reverence with this complex story while struggling with our own distaste for violence, glorification, and authority.

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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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