Wednesday, October 28, 2015


I liked Cecily Kane's point in Cabbages & Kings podcast about part of the problem with Tolkien-derivative epic fantasy is not that it's Tolkien-derivative but Tolkien-derivative in the same ways. If contemporary epic fantasy was a bit more cool about being fanfic, it might unlock a whole lot of new variety & interest.

Or maybe just a lot of Treebeard shipping idk.

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By the way, podcasts!

I don't really listen to them. Occasionally the Pod Trinity (pseudo, escape, castle) for fiction, or Tea & Jeopardy, and maybe now Cabbages & Kings, and definitely any Tea, Cabbages, Kings & Jeopardy cross-overs.

But I want to listen to them. Podcasts. Any recommendations? Especially anything really really really smart? Genre-related, or anything?

I listen to a lot of Great Courses economics and finance lecture series but I can't hear them over my screaming and gross-sobbing. Occasionally Late Lunch with Out to Lunch ("Polemic, politics, mouth jazz and spontaneous music with Ben Watson").

Or any Booktuber recommendations?

I tried to watch TableTop, I really did.

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Btw. Someone pointed out to me the other day that the university lecture format, which is somewhat embattled in the humanities at the moment, can be considered not only a pedagogic device but a learning outcome in itself -- i.e. the ability to follow a lecture is part of what is being taught, not just a way of teaching.

Who decided to call them "lectures" and not "sermonars"?

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Btw. I wish I could remember this genre podcast I heard once, where the intro mentions listening to audio books and the voice getting mingled with your internal monologue, and imposing its rhythms, which I think also happened to be at 1.5x speed. I thought, "I'm going to listen to more of these" & then promptly forgot. Promptly.

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Btw, Books and Pieces.


  1. I don't listen to a lot of genre podcasts because the quality is often dicey. So, here are a few of my favorite non-genre podcasts:
    99% Invisible (in the NPR-ish genre of "cool, weird stuff you probably didn't know", can be a little precious)
    America's Test Kitchen Radio (cooking & food philosophy/history)
    Astronomy Cast (astronomy! space! history!)
    Belabored (labor)
    My Brother, My Brother, and Me (jokes)
    Sawbones (medical history)
    Song Exploder (musicians take apart their songs)
    Tape (meta-podcast about podcasters)

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