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A Literary Podcast For The Novel Individual

A Literary Podcast For The Novel Individual


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A Literary Podcast For The Novel Individual




Frank Herbert’s Dune | Episode 054

The podcast goes back to literature as Grant and Sam discuss the giant of science fiction epics: Dune by Frank Herbert. We know this one is much anticipated and the panel doesn’t hold back with the book, the controversial David Lynch film adaptation, or the 2000 miniseries. If you have yet to read the novel, it is highly recommended that you do so before listening to this episode, because - A. Spoilers and B. You will probably find yourself completely lost. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter...

Sam on Foreign Policy Non-Fiction | Episode 053

"Isolationism is deeply stupid." So says Sam in this special episode in which he talks to Grant about three books: Present at the Creation by Dean Acheson, Running the World by David Rothkopf, and How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything by Rosa Brooks. He uses these books as a starter course in foreign policy from the end of World War II to the present day – including where we should go from here, because if we are to be informed citizens we have to know these things. We...


White Noise by Don DeLillo (or The Airborne Toxic Event) | Episode 052

On this episode of Infinite Gestation, Pat and Sam are joined by frequent guest and now permanent panelist Matt Bird (which means I no longer have to type his last name) to discuss White Noise by Don DeLillo. Published in 1985, it has quickly become a classic postmodern novel. The panel discusses the major themes of the work including modern media, the family, consumerism, and the fear of death. Quick! Death is coming! Better learn to deal with it. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit...


Bandi – The Accusation – North Korean Dissident Literature | Episode 051

Smuggled stories from North Korea - On this episode, recorded when the panel was giddy over the French election results, Pat and Sam delve into the recently published short stories of Bandi. The pseudonym of an unknown North Korean author (which means firefly), Bandi wrote the stories at great personal risk. They were smuggled out of the country by others and have now been published in English as "The Accusation". The panel discusses their favorites of the stories, the work's damning...


Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle | Episode 050

Infinite Gestation goes contemporary in this episode featuring John Darnielle's debut novel, Wolf in White Van, nominated for the National Book Award in 2014. Though many know Darnielle as singer-songwriter and member of The Mountain Goats, he is making a well received foray into fiction. His first novel is in no way a vanity project and despite some flaws, stands as a fine specimen of a freshman novel. His sophomore effort Universal Harvester was released in February of this year. Follow...


Toni Morrison’s Beloved Jazz | Episode 049

Pat reads Jazz, Sam reads Beloved, they discuss both! Departing from the usual format, this episode features both novels by Toni Morrison in a discussion exploring the work of one of American literature's greatest icons. Highlights include some comparisons to the film Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover as well as Sam's definition of magical realism. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit Show Notes & Links Toni Morrison Jazz Beloved Beloved (film)...


The Handmaid’s Tale Revisited – Novel + Series | Episode 048

Pat and Sam are joined by guest Matt Bird in an episode returning to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. With the success of the series on Hulu, and certain recent political developments, Atwood's frightening vision of the future has attained a new place in the public consciousness. In this episode the panel compares the novel to the television series and discusses the odd choice of music, the wisdom of softening Gilead's racist ideology, and the casting of talented actors who are younger...


Scoop by Evelyn Waugh | Episode 047

In an era whereby journalism (and facts in general) have become increasingly important, Scoop reminds us that though the methods, means and technology of news collection and distribution have changed drastically, the story essentially remains the same. This biting satire exposes the timeless woes of sensationalist journalism via a collection of rag tag foreign correspondents living it up in (the fictional East African state of) Ishmaelia. Amid games of ping pong, plenty of drinking and...


Not So Good Country People – 3 Stories by Flannery O’Connor | Episode 046

Infinite Gestation welcomes special guest Matt Bird for a discussion on Southern Gothic Literature, and more specifically, three short stories by Flannery O'Connor. "Good Country People", "Everything that Rises Must Converge" and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" all exhibit the craft of a master short story writer at work, while further confirming that the author left us far too soon. These stories take a dark look at the post-bellum American South, with all its complexities. Questions emerge...


Who Was Shakespeare, Anyway? | Episode 045

The long-awaited Shakespeare episode has finally arrived! In this episode the panel delves into the question and the many theories of: who was Shakespeare? Questions as to Shakespeare's true identity are not new. Over the decades, scholars and enthusiasts alike have presented a wide range of theories to satisfy those who remain unconvinced that William Shakespeare was not simply a man from Stratford-upon-Avon. The Shakespeare authorship question runs the spectrum from informed academic...


Dystopian Novel Series Part III – It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis | Episode 044

It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis made a sudden and dramatic climb on bestseller lists in late fall 2016. Parts of the novel bear some uncanny similarities to the 2016 election –– Donald Trump in particular can be seen vividly in character of Buzz Windrip, demagogue and presidential candidate. Published in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Lewis' novel imagines how the United States of America might become seduced by a man promising great things while quickly transitioning the...


Orwell & Hemingway in Spain – The Spanish Civil War – Homage to Catalonia + For Whom the Bell Tolls | Episode 043

Orwell and Hemingway in Spain - the long awaited episode on the Spanish Civil War is finally here! Herein the panel covers Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, complete with some mustache styling tips and a brief lesson in Spanish swear words. Though centered on the same conflict (albeit in separate regions of the country) the two works differ wildly in style, tone and detail. Hemingway's novel is essentially fiction, making use of the...


Year End Review 2016 | Episode 042

The official "Nonfiction Round Table Year End Review What's Coming Up Episode". Featuring a look at the inner workings of the podcast and a look back on the panelists' favorite episodes from 2016. Sam Zurcher shares some thoughts on his recent reading of The New Tsar - The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers (along with a healthy dose of foreign policy), and Grant Karazsia schools us on Born a Crime by Trevor Noah & The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and...


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee Tribute | Episode 041

In a tribute episode to Edward Albee (who passed away this September 2016), Infinite Gestation discusses Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962) – perhaps the author's best known work. The 1966 film adaptation of the award winning play deviates only slightly from the source material, offering an ideal way to experience the piece, outside of reading the play (or attending a live performance, which certainly comes recommended). Originally thought too young for the role of middle-aged Martha,...


The Shining – Novel by Stephen King + Stanley Kubrick Film – Halloween Special | Episode 040

This year's annual Halloween Special is a double-parked megasode featuring all things "The Shining"! The panel's trifecta discussion includes the novel by Stephen King as well as the classic Stanley Kubrick film, before finishing strong with the more recent documentary "Room 237" and the dubious conspiracy theories that it contains. Words of wisdom, Lloyd. Words of wisdom. Happy Halloween! Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit Show Notes & Links Stephen King The...


(The Real) Twilight by Elie Wiesel | Episode 039

In a memorial tribute to Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who passed away this past July, the panel tackles his 1988 novel Twilight. Elie Wiesel spent his life being an exemplary spokesman for those who lived through the Holocaust; both those who died and those who had to try and live their life after witnessing such horrors. He's primarily known for his memoir Night, required reading in most schools, but his fiction is an integral part of the Wiesel canon. Delving into the functions of memory,...


Reading Them Anyway – Banned Books Week 2016 | Episode 038

Read a banned book today! Once again breaking traditional episode format, Infinite Gestation celebrates Banned Books Week with three short segments on Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and Joseph Heller's Catch 22 respectively, followed by a general discussion entailing the questionable wisdom behind literary censorship. All three selections from this episode are readily available from your favorite bookstore. For purposes of correction, it should be noted...


Star Trek vs. Star Wars | Episode 037

The Star Wars movies are back and Star Trek is celebrating 50 years! In commemoration, the panel has broken form for a discussion of these two Science Fiction franchises, including the theory that both occupy the same universe. Eschewing debates about "the biggest space ship" and "can the Enterprise take a hit from the Death Star" this episode concentrates on storytelling, themes and the reason both universes are so beloved. Whether dealing with the nature of humanity, the realities of...


Don Quixote de la Mancha – Celebrating 400 Years of Miguel de Cervantes | Episode 036

In this anniversary year of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Infinite Gestation discusses the possible reasons for the timelessness of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. Though four hundred years has passed since its publication, Don Quixote remains quite modern, continuing to remind us that however re-tooled, camouflaged or rediscovered, there are seldom new ideas in literature. Widely considered the first modern novel, Cervantes' masterpiece serves to remind us of fiction's...


Dystopian Novel Series Part II – Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne | Episode 035

Special guest Matt Bird joins the panel as Infinite Gestation continues its Dystopian Novel Series with Paris in the Twentieth Century - the "lost novel" by Jules Verne. Though completed in 1863, the work remained unpublished until 1994, subsequent to its rediscovery in a safe belonging to the author's heirs. Though predating everything within the cannon of dystopian literature (thereby technically hailing as the genre's first entry), the work's belated publication negates any claim to such...