Content Blues: The Podcast – Episode 1

A long-conceived wish, finally brought to fruition by WordPress partnering with Anchor. I’m using this an an augmentation to the blog, a place to comment briefly on the aesthetics of what crosses my path. I did have some Absinthe while I was recording the first half of this. It created something of a vibe.

It’s quite a long recording, as I talk about a great many things:

  • Caligulia Update
  • Death Riding Update
  • The 2016 film Nocturnal Animals
  • My burgeoning Criterion Collection
  • 90’s Nostalgia, Music, and Mix-Tapes
  • Nietzsche and the Post-Moderns
  • The Satyricon
  • Phillip K. Dick and Simulacra
  • My issues with William S. Burroughs, Nova Express and Cities of the Red Night
  • Using the above to write “Ale-Man Blues”, which appeared in Issue 25 of Unnamed Journal.

Poems, Prose, and Princes Content Blues

The new poetry of R. Cam, the old essays of Montaigne, and why Dreamworks' The Prince of Egypt is a better film than it has any need to be. 
  1. Poems, Prose, and Princes
  2. 2. Thus Stuffed Zarathustra Funko Pops into The God-Shaped Hole
  3. 1. Absinthe is Delicious

Looking to do this weekly to bi-weekly.

What I’m Reading

Every now and again I make my Goodreads list correspond to reality:

  1. A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick. Seen the movie on Amazon Prime more times than I would have thought. The movie was clever, the book is as clever. I find this more compelling than Ubik and better-paced than The Man in the High Castle so far.
  2. Write. Publish. Repeat, by Sean Platt and Johnny Truant. This Kindle purchase was a consequence of my reading the authors’ blog “The Universe doesn’t give a Flying $*%^ About You.” This, along with Larry Correia’s philosophy of authoring over at Monster Hunter Nation, has convinced me that my approach to authoring and content creation was all wrong, and needed fixing. I would wish that the authors wouldn’t work so hard trying to persuade me, but so far I’m not finding anything to disagree with.
  3. Nethereal, by Brian Niemeier. Just started this. I’ve liked a few scenes, but it hasn’t really grabbed me. It may suffer from Too Many Characters; I’d like to get on with a particular plot thread rather than jump back and forth establish this and that one. But it might get better.
  4. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson. I liked Devil in the White City, so this should be good. Just started this.
  5. The Lake House, by Kate Morton. Recently my wife and I have started doing that thing married couples do where you recommend books to each other: she got me to read Girl on the Train, and I recommended In a Dark, Dark Wood to her. She has promised me that this is not a book about “I’m a girl and I have a boyfriend.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The first chapter was intriguing but I haven’t made too much headway.