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Apr 30, 2022

Wherein Justice and Andy construct their reading of Ted Chiang's Nebula award-winning short story "Tower of Babylon." While building a tower to heaven, Ted Chiang follows the experiences of a miner, Hillalum, as he prepares to chisel his way into paradise. Let's just say, things get turned upside-down. What's the point...


Feb 20, 2022

Wherein Andy and Justice continue the discussion of white savior narratives, this time looking at Saul Bellow's 1958 novel Henderson the Rain King, 1995's Dangerous Minds, and 2009's The Blind Side. From Henderson's trip to Africa to Leigh Anne Tuohy's trip to Hurt Village to Louanne Johnson's time in an inner-city...


Nov 11, 2021

Wherein Andy and Justice rely on the work of Paula Gunn Allen and Katja Kanzler in their discussion of First Nations narratives and representation. From the seminal work of Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, to the compromised and problematic depiction of Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager, we explore the authentic...


Oct 13, 2021

Wherein Justice and Andy uplift the conversation on animal and non-human sentience. We telescope our conversation through Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time and Arthur P. Jacobs' Planet of the Apes franchise. Kathy Rudy's "Where the Wild Things Ought to Be" and the work of Arik Kershenbaum and Peter Singer assist us...


Apr 18, 2021

Wherein Andy and Justice revisit those books they find impossible to revisit. What is it about the texts that we enjoyed in our adolescence that cannot translate into enjoyment as adults? They haven't changed, so it must be us! Remember bookmobiles and the huge erasers for pencils? Those were cool.