Apr 04, 2022
In Elder Sign
At the beginning of this episode, Brandon has the beginnings of a rant about our culture's obsession with the hero's journey, adults becoming stagnated by the same coming-of-age type story structures. I just want to say I'd love to hear more of it! Whether in essay form like you teased on the ep, or just a podcast ep devoted to it.
Aug 03, 2021
In Gene Wolfe
In the most recent Peace recap you guys mention how Weer is convinced a story must be read from start to finish in the same sitting. In Wolfe's essay The Best Introduction to the Mountains, he talks about how he did something similar with each book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Each night he only allowed himself to progress one chapter at a time, however he could re-read chapters. It's unclear to me if he ever knocked them out in one go, but the sentiment of Weer reminded me of this. Link to the essay if anyone's interested - https://biginjapangrayman.wordpress.com/2020/11/20/the-best-introduction-to-the-mountains-2001-by-gene-wolfe/
May 02, 2018
In Gene Wolfe
Just started listening to this podcast and am moving through chronologically while reading the stories. Thus far, I have to say I enjoyed this short story the least, however the podcast gave me a much deeper appreciation for it. Really digging Brandon's take on Morris and his family being African-American. I too, took the description of the assailants as being described as black, latino and white men, and I think that was Wolfe's intention on a surface level reading, grammatically I think it still holds up as the white/brown/black description being their uniforms and is an excellent reading of it. You guys are doing a tremendous job with this, thanks for sharing this project with us and creating a forum for discussion. Also, a potential Gene Wolfe tattoo idea was posited in an earlier episode, anyone ever come up with some good ones?