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.
Winston and Ephrat discuss George Orwell's 1946 essay "Why I Write." Despite Winston's initial concern that they have chosen a grammar manual, Ephrat and George explain some of the philosophical reasons a person might write.
Winston and Ephrat read "The Discipline of DE", a 1973 essay by William S. Burroughs. A master of chaos and destruction reminds us to be mindful.
Winston and Ephrat discuss the last chapter of Albert Camus' 1942 essay "The Myth of Sisyphus." Notions are rolled up a hill only to come tumbling back down again.
The Red Lodge Podcast
Winston and Ephrat hang out in The Red Lodge with their dog Sam and talk about ancient parables, aggressively nihilistic philosophies and mystical truths.
Ephrat does her best to see how everything makes sense and Winston does his best to prove that everything is nonsense. In the process both learn from the religious, literary and philosophical texts they explore.
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: