Monthly Archives: December 2019

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


This is a repost of a 2016 episode.

In our 2016 holiday episode, we looked 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 brought horror to academia and safe spaces.

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Supercontext: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King


This 2013 novel is a sequel to The Shining. With guest Emily Lewis, we consider how King continues his own redemption arc through these stories about alcoholism and parenting.

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Supercontext: Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles


This 2018 comic series by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan reimagines the cartoon character as a gay playwright at odds with 1950s American politics. We examine Russell’s writing goals while considering a critical debate about the book: is it formulaic award-bait or character-driven commentary on our present circumstances?

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Supercontext: Foolish by Superchunk

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

This 1994 indie rock album means a lot to its fans as proof positive that you can survive a romantic breakup. We look at the small business that drove its creation and try to put ourselves in the shoes of the listeners who cherish it.

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