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Supercontext: Basquiat

This 1996 film is a purported biopic about a famous painter by another famous painter, Julian Schnabel. We ask whether the narrative this movie presents is an inaccurate portrayal of its subject because it exploits him or because the director is commenting on his own place within the world of fine art.

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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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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 416: Teaching The Archives

Guest: Nick Sturm of Georgia Tech.

First broadcast on March 16 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/03/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-march-16th-teaching-the-archives-episode-416/

“Bringing them into these materials is just amazing to me.”

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Supercontext: The Deuce, Season One

David Simon and George Pelecanos’ show makes us uncomfortable about sex work. But it’s to better understand capitalism. We discuss their exploration of community, corruption and the production of both this show and the labor that inspired it.

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