I really loved this episode. great discussion on the theme, and I think Brandon is on to something in regards to Antonio’s objecthood: the masculine objects valued for the work they can do, the feminine for their sexualization. that’s way more interesting than literal puppethood on the part of the narrator; i have come to view his box as metaphorical for the obsession to which he is a puppet (that final question then becomes - I trust you understand what you are a slave to, as I cannot understand the thing which drives you as a person (or have failed to confront my own obsession).) the neglect of people in the obsessed artist’s life is resonant with Wolfe’s own prolific nature - His daughter Teri recounted at the Nebula Award ceremony how very hard he had worked all of the time, even writing when he took the kids to the pool, writing every day, etc. greatness comes at a real personal cost. I have really felt that the podcast keeps getting better and better! The exploration of the theme in this one was profound. at the Fuller Award Ceremony in 2012 a really cool singing performance of this story was put on, featuring the song ”coin-operated boy”. the organ was the giant room in which the audience sat, and the organist seemed a virtuoso to me, capable of playing several orchestral pieces on only one instrument. extremely apt in terms of displaying mastery over an art that seems impossible to the onlooker.