Explosions in the distance; secret shit. Dogs are everywhere. Page 8, Part 2. Page 11, Part 3. Page 12, Part 4. Page 17, Part 5. 3rd Street Pack. Knock knock, bone thugs.
Sound artist d4n4 helps reconstruct my memories of a recent roleplaying game. The California wildfires, prescription sunglasses, and knock-knock jokes are all carefully examined. Hear d4n4's other projects at @d4n4.
Aaron Franz from Uncle the Podcast, Themes & Memes, and Trans Resister Radio joins Winston for a discussion of the Illuminatus! trilogy.
Winston and Ephrat read J.G. Ballard's 1957 short story "The Concentration City." Both agree that Ballard does something remarkable in just a few short pages.
Winston and Ephrat read Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451. The book gives us a chance to look back at the other dystopias for similarities and differences. We talk about genre fiction in the United States and argue that genre has given us our greatest writers.
Winston and Ephrat discuss George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984. Winston celebrates a less awkward structure. Ephrat wonders about practical application. Both discuss how the book should be presented to avoid robbing the book of its social criticism.
Winston and Ephrat read Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World." Winston thinks Aldous could have used an editor. Ephrat appreciates him conceptually but hates his sexism.
Winston and Ephrat read "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin, one of the first great dystopian satires of the modern age. Order and chaos, technological superheroes, and illusions of choice are discussed. Thanks to Michael Conrad for recommending this book. Check out his writing and link to his social media at mwconrad.com.
Winston and Ephrat read Jean Baudrillard's 1991 essay "Simulacra and Science Fiction" and talk Star Trek, Blade Runner and whether the kids have an imagination anymore.
Winston and Ephrat read "The Ethics of Ambiguity", Simone de Beauvoir's 1947 essay about existentialism and Marxism and try to deconstruct the work's social context and many references.
The Red Lodge Podcast
Ancient parables, aggressively nihilistic philosophies and mystical truths.
My DJ is d4n4. You can hear his music and sound experiments on soundcloud.
My co-host Ephrat Livni holds degrees in Journalism, Islamic Studies and Law. She served in the US Peace Corps in West Africa and wrote for ABC News online, The Jerusalem Report and financial newswires. Her fashion designs have been featured on the New York Times Sunday Styles page. She currently reports on science, law, and culture for Atlantic Media. Ephrat blogs about writing, style and technology at:
Read her novel Too Long Don't Read, a lovely piece of literary fiction about reading, mega-corporations and work in the near future on her website; email her at: