Future Topics

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Suggestions and possible future topics

We invite your ideas! Leave a comment below.

  • In Parenthesis
  • “prestige television”
  • The X-Files and auteurism
  • modernist and contemporary poets
    • Eliot, Pound, Moore, Oppen
    • Jack Spicer
  • 19c literature/philosophy/aesthetics
    • one or more Schlegels
    • one or more Shelleys
    • Melville: travel writing and/or poetry
    • The Confidence-Man
    • Schelling, Ages of the World (w/ Žižek introduction)
    • William Morris
    • Walter Pater
    • John Ruskin
    • Strachey, Eminent Victorians
  • fantasy literature
    • Moorcock
    • Howard (Conan stories)
    • Delany
    • Le Guin
    • Parker (Engineer trilogy)
    • Jemisin (Inheritance trilogy)
  • science fiction
    • Philip K. Dick – VALIS
  • horror fiction
  • contemporary/20th Century theory, philosophy, aesthetics
    • Rancière, The Ignorant SchoolmasterFuture of the Image/writings on film?
    • Nancy
    • Jameson, Valences of the Dialectic
    • Ernst Bloch, Principle of Hope
    • Gramsci
    • Althusser
    • Derrida
    • Lefebvre, Critique of Everyday Life
  • comics/graphic novels
    • Building Stories
    • Asterios Polyp
  • film
    • Godard
    • Hitchcock
  • Espriu, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth
  • Shklovsky, Bowstring
  • Xu Bing, Book from the Sky/Book from the Ground
  • Adam Phillips, Becoming Freud
  • Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?
  • Thomas Browne (Urn Burial?)
  • W.G. Sebald
  • Bolaño
  • Charles Portis
  • John Barth
  • Rafael Alberti, Concerning the Angels

(NB: this page should be viewed as impermanent; both the page and the comments may change as we update and change our plans, but nonetheless, all suggestions are very welcome!)

33 Responses

  1. Perry DeLay · April 20, 2016 at 06:01:02 · →

    Suggestions for a future topic:

    A Thomas Bernhard novel such as Old Masters, The Loser, Correction, Woodcutters or Extinction.

    Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

  2. Perry · August 31, 2016 at 07:54:42 · →

    Would you consider devoting a show to Edmond Jabes’ Book of Questions or his Little Book of Unsuspected Subversion?

  3. adam · September 8, 2016 at 05:53:36 · →

    I’d love a William Gass and/or John Barth episode

  4. Adam · September 24, 2016 at 09:03:05 · →

    I would say Omensetter’s Luck for Gass, and Giles Goat-Boy for Barth. I love Sot-Weed Factor, but in my mind GG-B is his masterpiece, & the high point of that kind of bawdy, 60s metafiction.

  5. delf · March 21, 2017 at 09:30:56 · →

    How about the criminally neglected poetry of alfred starr hamilton? The song cave have printed a collection called “a dark dreambox of another kind”.

  6. Adam · June 9, 2017 at 19:35:09 · →

    Just discovered this podcast, really like it. Do Matthew Stover or Celine.

  7. Z · June 20, 2017 at 10:10:50 · →

    looking to delve into this podcast very soon! very excited about the gass and lispector episodes.

    a few humble suggestions:

    • wm. gaddis’s J R
    • musil’s THE CONFUSIONS OF YOUNG TORLESS (pretend there’s an umlaut)
    • sergio de la pava’s A NAKED SINGULARITY
    • machado de assis’s EPITAPH OF A SMALL WINNER

  8. JD · July 10, 2017 at 16:28:34 · →

    -AI: Artificial Intelligence (the movie)
    -Hou Hsiao-Hsien
    -Jean Eustache
    -John Ford

    -Ernst Robert Curtius (or early 20th century philology in general)
    -Richard Ellmann’s James Joyce or Oscar Wilde
    -The Auroras of Autumn
    -Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone

  9. C. · July 12, 2017 at 22:11:41 · →

    -Doris Lessing
    -Lydia Davis
    -Darconville’s Cat, Alexander Theroux
    -Chris Marker, especially one of the political ones like Grin Without a Cat

    This list could nearly be all cat-themed. Oh, and David Markson.

  10. Casey · July 28, 2017 at 22:06:36 · →

    A Confederacy of Dunces, of course.

  11. D · August 4, 2017 at 15:48:54 · →

    Thank you for the episodes so far- they’ve really lifted me out of a reading rut (of my own making)

    My wishlist of discussion would be-

    • anything written by José Saramago
    • Paul Kingsnorth’s ‘The Wake’
    • Russell Hoban’s ‘Riddley Walker’

    • anything you think that covers the irony, authorial voice, language, etc. that my wishlist suggests

  12. Ian · November 16, 2017 at 11:44:10 · →

    would love a Gertrude Stein show,
    especially Ida, imo,
    or the late Barthelme, also

  13. Gavolt · January 2, 2018 at 16:03:26 · →

    Two suggestions:

    1) Wide Sargasso Sea
    2) Maldoror

  14. Gavolt · January 3, 2018 at 13:26:34 · →

    Lol, me too. I was somewhat hoping you guys could convince me to like WSS more. That and I feel like I don’t really understand what it’s up to. But it’s so famous I figured this was my fault.

  15. Ian · March 9, 2018 at 14:04:35 · →

    i’d say, for Barthelme, “City Life” or “Sadness” i like a lot; first novel “Snow White” is maybe unsubtle but fun, i think

  16. Vic Perry · March 11, 2018 at 12:03:47 · →

    Have now enjoyed 3.9% of your productions out of the 3.9% I have sampled. Subjective facts don’t care about your feelings, but apparently they like you just fine anyway.

    I have a bunch of suggestions that honestly are more “talk about some of my favorite books” than necessarily good ideas. But do let me try to sell you on just this one book as a good episode topic:

    The Book of Fantasy, the (famous?) anthology selected by Borges, Casares & Ocampo. Not only for the high quality of the mix of obscure and famous tales and authors, but because I think you two could do a lot with talking about some of the implicit ideas about Fantasy (or ‘the fantastic’) the selections suggest.

  17. Tom · June 3, 2018 at 12:53:39 · →

    I’ve only recently discovered the podcast, so firstly thank you for the excellent discussions. I still have many to enjoy!

    I see the next episode will be on Dunsany, so perhaps these suggestions are untimely but I’d love for you to cover some M. R. James, or Robert Aickman. Both fit into your troublesome, reactionary, weird fiction author lineage (Aickman a lot more interestingly than James in my opinion). Aickman, I think, is something different, however, in that he’s actually a good prose stylist!

    Aside from that I’d be delighted to hear you discuss Sebald (particularly The Rings of Saturn) and Thomas Browne from the list above!

  18. David B. · October 19, 2018 at 13:09:19 · →

    I’d like you to select your favourite Iain M. Banks novel and discuss it.

  19. Robby B · February 26, 2019 at 07:25:17 · →

    Love the podcast. One suggestion: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes. I feel like it fits in the other minor modernist texts and gothic-tinged prose works that you’ve discussed on the show.

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