This episode might be called the Censorship podcast, because Russell talks about Woody Allen’s publishers pulling the plug on his upcoming memoir, and does a whole segment on senator Stirling Griff’s call to have certain types of anime banned or at least reclassified. It’s a complete culture clash, featuring a children’s book about David Bowie, film Jo Jo Rabbit (it’s all about them shoes), Sailor Moon, Studio Ghibli and love for community radio station 3RRR and the Sword and Laser podcast. There’s also advice about re-reading books, featuring books by Ursula Le Guin, Leo Tolstoy and…Robert Heinlein (how’d he get in there?!). Because sometimes it’s about re-writing them. Oh, and censorship is bad, mmmkay?
Here’s a preliminary list of Books Worth Re-Reading. This is a work in progress. Come back for regular updates!
- The Dispossessed, by Ursula Le Guin (1974)
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)
- Man In the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick (1962)
- Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (1878)
- Ulysses, by James Joyce (1922)
- Dune, by Frank Herbert (1965)
Here’s the cover of the Heinlein book I rewrote and published independently via Createspace. Yes, it probably violates copyright, but Createspace were okay with it, and I only had one copy printed (at my own expense), so all good, I say. I used my nom de plume Will Greeves for the editor’s cred.
This episode includes readings from: