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By Prozac Princess - Nov 13 2015
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Love to listen to this each week on while driving! Very fun and informative!!

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I love these podcasts! They are very insightful and interesting. Keep them coming.

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14 Ratings
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Love it!

By Prozac Princess - Nov 13 2015
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Love to listen to this each week on while driving! Very fun and informative!!

Love Infinite Gestation

By Oubzsnm - Nov 05 2015
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I love these podcasts! They are very insightful and interesting. Keep them coming.
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Infinite Gestation

Latest release on Sep 26, 2017

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Rank #1: Beatnik vs. Revolutionary – On the Road by Jack Kerouac + Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara | Episode 026

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Infinite Gestation breaks form to discuss Jack Kerouac’s On the Road alongside Che Guevara’s Motorcycle Diaries in a single episode. Motorcycle Diaries serves more as a memoir than a serious attempt at fiction, yet shares many notable commonalities with Kerouac’s classic novel On the Road. Set on two very different continents, both narratives chronicle travels taken roughly around the same years by two (college educated) young men in their mid twenties. Kerouac had the benefit of many drafts with the goal of publication in mind, while Guevara holds his own with a well written travel journal that seems to have been revisited for editing and polishing long before it was published posthumously in 2004. Both are anti-establishment works insisting that there is “something rotten in Denmark” – though Guevara and Kerouac ultimately reached very different ends in the wake of a youthful idealistic wanderlust that consumed and informed their formidable years.

Unfortunately, no cigars were burned in the recording of this episode.

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Jan 23 2016

50mins

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Rank #2: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler … Three Guys Discuss a Novel – Italo Calvino | Episode 031

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Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler is in a class of its own. This postmodern exploration of the novel contains substantial sections written in the second person (yes, SECOND person), so that the reader themself becomes a character in a quest to find (initially) the remainder of the novel begun in the first chapter. A literary adventure thus ensues, carrying on throughout the subsequent first chapters of ten different novels, stringing said reader along a series of plot lines, deceptive (and duplicitous) characters, novels within novels (within THE novel), multiple points of view and so on. Short of complicating things further, check out the episode and then read the book. We pinky promise you won’t be sorry.

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May 17 2016

53mins

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Rank #3: Not So Good Country People – 3 Stories by Flannery O’Connor | Episode 046

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Infinite Gestation welcomes special guest Matt Bird for a discussion on Southern Gothic Literature, and more specifically, three short stories by Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People”, “Everything that Rises Must Converge” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” all exhibit the craft of a master short story writer at work, while further confirming that the author left us far too soon. These stories take a dark look at the post-bellum American South, with all its complexities. Questions emerge regarding the strange nature of evil, institutional racism, and religion’s place within one’s world view. The presence of O’Connor’s influence can be felt in many places, though it can be seen most recently throughout the work of the Coen Brothers (many of their story-telling sensibilities stand firmly in her shadow).

With two novels and two collections of short stories, the body of Flannery O’Connor’s work can be consumed in a relatively short time. We highly recommend that you do so, and sooner rather than later.

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Mar 25 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #4: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan | Episode 033

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Infinite Gestation gets A Visit from the Goon Squad on this episode covering Jennifer Egan’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name. The book stands more as a study on the emotional effects of time and memory (and life) on a group of loosely associated characters and less as a straight forward narrative in the traditional sense. With a realistic portrayal straying from cliched tropes of the record industry (including that of a Brady Bunch episode), the novel certainly completes its goals masterfully, leaving little wonder regarding the wisdom of its Pulitzer win.

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Jul 06 2016

51mins

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Rank #5: The Covert Episode – Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene | Episode 027

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Our Man in Havana may have been compromised during the making of this episode.

Partially inspired by his time in MI6 and set in late 1950’s (pre-revolution) Cuba, Graham Greene’s classic novel follows the daily maneuverings of vacuum salesman/secret agent Wormold, shortly after his unwitting recruitment in the men’s room of the Wonder Bar. He initially invents his sources (taking names from a country club roster) as well as the information they provide to satisfy his superiors in London. But when he sends them sketches of vacuum cleaner parts suggested to be military installations in the mountains, he is pulled into a dangerous web of very real intrigue.

Part spy novel, part comedic satire, this Graham Greene classic easily fits in the company of “The Big Lebowski” and “The Long Goodbye” and comes highly recommended for your Sunday read.

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Episode photo – detailed from the cover of Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene ©1958 Viking Press New York.

Feb 09 2016

38mins

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Rank #6: To Kill To Kill a Mockingbird – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee | Episode 003

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Complete with Sam’s movie trailer intro, the boys discuss Harper Lee’s newly published (7/14/15) novel Go Set a Watchman. Since the initial announcement of its imminent publication, this novel has been poised to become THE literary event of the year, but not without controversy and much speculation regarding its discovery. But does it match up to the pedigree of its predecessor?

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Jul 29 2015

51mins

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Rank #7: Fitzgerald’s Lost & Found – “Temperature” by F. Scott Fitzgerald | Episode 024

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“Temperature” is the recent “lost & found” short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which appears in the summer 2015 issue of Strand Magazine. The piece showcases the author’s notable capabilities in the short story form, though it doesn’t quite reveal itself to be something like a recovered masterpiece. The work dates from 1939 and contains some elements and themes that seem lifted directly from the last years of Fitzgerald’s life (without too much embellishment). For more on this, check out our “Fitzgerald at the Movies – Last Call” episode.

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Jan 09 2016

26mins

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Rank #8: Tolstoy at the Movies – The Last Station (2009 Film) | Episode 025

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The Last Station is essentially concerned with the sunset chapter of Leo Tolstoy’s life (with far less drinking than witnessed in “Last Call” – a film about Fitzgerald’s final years). Decades after writing his masterworks, Tolstoy struggles with the prospect of leaving the copyright of his work to the Tolstoyan Movement at the insistence of its leader, Vladimir Chertkov, though to the absolute dismay of his wife, Sofya Tolstoy. Meanwhile, Valentin Fedorovich Bulgakov writes in his diary. The film features a stellar cast including Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti and James McAvoy.

The narrative takes some liberties in assuming the viewer has a working knowledge of Tolstoy (possibly even garnered from reading the film’s source material, The Last Station by Jay Parini) making it a bit inaccessible to the casual viewer. Bulgakov’s romantic subplot is a cinematic addition and not historically accurate. While beautifully shot and superbly acted, the film leaves something to be desired. It is somewhat disappointing this currently serves as the “Tolstoy Biopic.”

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Jan 16 2016

39mins

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Rank #9: Limited Gestation – Minisode 002 | Is Game of Thrones a Runaway Train?

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In a recent blog post, George R.R. Martin has perhaps confirmed our worst fears: The Winds of Winter will not be published in time for the airing of Game of Thrones Season Six on HBO. But does it really matter? The two formats have already parted ways in terms of story and with the show poised to saunter out ahead of the books this spring, it simply begs the question: which is canon, the novels or the HBO series?

Limited Gestation “Minisodes” bring you Infinite Gestation, generously portioned into a single serving. Much like the coffee creamer, concord grape jelly and sugar packets supplied by your local 24 hour diner, you can now enjoy a quick taste of Infinite Gestation without having to wait around for the check.

Special Announcement: Beginning in February, the Infinite Gestation Podcast will be switching gears to bring you new episodes every two weeks. This will allow the panel more time to read, research, craft, record, edit and post quality episodes that you will love. We are also experimenting with video (more on this when it comes to fruition). A blog is in the works, featuring collaborative and individual posts from Samuel Zurcher, Patrick Feild & Grant Karazsia. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for details.

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Feb 02 2016

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Rank #10: Pat on Steinbeck – In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck | Episode 030

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John Steinbeck’s fifth novel, In Dubious Battle, marks a radical shift in the author’s work while serving as an interesting precursor to The Grapes of Wrath. Essentially concerned with the labor struggles of exploited fruit pickers, the novel illustrates the emergence of Steinbeck’s social consciousness and further exemplifies some of the core themes he would later become remembered for. Special thanks to Patrick for the selection!

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Apr 14 2016

48mins

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Rank #11: Kubrick vs. Clarke – 2001: A Space Odyssey – Novel to Film Comparison | Episode 028

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Making no apologies for worshipping at the “Altar of Kubrick”, Infinite Gestation compares Arthur C. Clarke’s novel to the 1968 film. While Kubrick’s masterpiece to this day remains the benchmark for the realistic portrayal of science fiction on film, the medium itself leaves some narrative gaps that are not immediately apparent. Through written concurrently and under the best circumstances, the screenplay and novel (in some respects) travel in very different orbits.

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Mar 01 2016

56mins

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Rank #12: Toni Morrison’s Beloved Jazz | Episode 049

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Pat reads Jazz, Sam reads Beloved, they discuss both! Departing from the usual format, this episode features both novels by Toni Morrison in a discussion exploring the work of one of American literature’s greatest icons. Highlights include some comparisons to the film Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover as well as Sam’s definition of magical realism.

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Jun 10 2017

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Rank #13: The Handmaid’s Tale Revisited – Novel + Series | Episode 048

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Pat and Sam are joined by guest Matt Bird in an episode returning to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. With the success of the series on Hulu, and certain recent political developments, Atwood’s frightening vision of the future has attained a new place in the public consciousness. In this episode the panel compares the novel to the television series and discusses the odd choice of music, the wisdom of softening Gilead’s racist ideology, and the casting of talented actors who are younger than their book counterparts. Check out the earlier “Atwood’s Dystopia” episode from November 2015 in which only the novel is discussed for further commentary on Margaret Atwood’s new classic.

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May 30 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #14: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh | Episode 047

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In an era whereby journalism (and facts in general) have become increasingly important, Scoop reminds us that though the methods, means and technology of news collection and distribution have changed drastically, the story essentially remains the same. This biting satire exposes the timeless woes of sensationalist journalism via a collection of rag tag foreign correspondents living it up in (the fictional East African state of) Ishmaelia. Amid games of ping pong, plenty of drinking and pursuing the occasional newsworthy happening, the journalists essentially await a war that may or may not ever occur. Hilarity ensues.

Lovers of Monty Python, this book is for you. Oh yeah, and Evelyn Waugh is a man.

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Apr 11 2017

50mins

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Rank #15: Riffraff! – The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington | Episode 029

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In celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial, Infinite Gestation discusses The Magnificent Ambersons, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Booth Tarkington.

Georgie Minafer (third generation Amberson), with his desire to become a yachtsman,  personifies the height of smug aristocracy by his refusal to embark upon a career or make a life for himself. The arrogant assumption that he might live upon his family’s wealth and status indefinitely is sorely mistaken, for it is the end of a gilded age for the Amberson family. Once the epitome of wealth and the toast of the Midland City (a thinly veiled Indianapolis), the realized potential of the automobile and industrialization of the city causes massive growth that edges out much the old guard in favor of families of “new money”.  The Ambersons are among those left behind, though Major (the patriarch) manages to conceal the state of such affairs until after his death, forcing his heirs to start from scratch and make their way in a city that no longer remembers the Amberson name.

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Mar 15 2016

44mins

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Rank #16: 11.22.63 By Stephen King – Novel + Miniseries | Episode 032

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Patrick and Grant take on Stephen King’s 11/22/63 as well as the Hulu miniseries of the same name.

Best described as literary fiction with elements of science fiction and the supernatural (as only Stephen King can render them) 11/22/63 serves more as a love letter to a bygone era of post war America with all the prosperity associated with the Eisenhower era and less an investigation into the mechanics and milieu of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (a la Dan Delillo’s Libra). Hulu’s miniseries (with such personnel as James Franco, J.J. Abrams & King himself) serves as a wonderful companion piece to the novel, accentuating and enhancing its finer qualities while omitting (and at times better explaining) lesser characteristics.

In both mediums, the absence of an argument for conspiracy  is a disappointment, except to Sam, but he’s not in this episode so who cares?

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Jun 07 2016

49mins

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Rank #17: Film Adaptations: Is the Book Always Better Than the Movie? | Episode 004

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Can a film transcend the novel it was based upon? During a (by no means definitive) discussion of most-loved and patently despised novel to film adaptations, the panel braves some harsh words, endures scathing criticism and experiences several moments of probable enlightenment. Along the quest to discover if the book is always better than the movie: James Franco is disparaged, Stanley Kubrick receives praise, disagreements arise over the adaptation of East of Eden and details regarding Mario Puzo’s use of Sonny Corleone’s penis as a literary device in The Godfather sparks controversy.

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Aug 13 2015

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Rank #18: Who Was Shakespeare, Anyway? | Episode 045

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The long-awaited Shakespeare episode has finally arrived! In this episode the panel delves into the question and the many theories of: who was Shakespeare?

Questions as to Shakespeare’s true identity are not new. Over the decades, scholars and enthusiasts alike have presented a wide range of theories to satisfy those who remain unconvinced that William Shakespeare was not simply a man from Stratford-upon-Avon. The Shakespeare authorship question runs the spectrum from informed academic scholarship down to wild conspiracy theories (not unlike those surrounding the case of Jack the Ripper) and in many cases, best filed alongside pop culture urban legends such as posthumous sightings of Elvis Presley and the Paul McCartney Death Hoax. A core group of five alternative candidates (Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford – Christopher Marlowe – Francis Bacon – William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby & Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutland) has emerged as the most popular, for various reasons.

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Feb 21 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #19: Dystopian Novel Series Part III – It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis | Episode 044

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It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis made a sudden and dramatic climb on bestseller lists in late fall 2016. Parts of the novel bear some uncanny similarities to the 2016 election –– Donald Trump in particular can be seen vividly in character of Buzz Windrip, demagogue and presidential candidate. Published in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Lewis’ novel imagines how the United States of America might become seduced by a man promising great things while quickly transitioning the country into a fascist dictatorship.

Though not without its flaws, the book is well worth a read –– especially in light of current events offering it more weight than it had at its initial publication. Many of the parallels are striking.

Stay vigilant.

This episode is part of our Dystopian Novel Series.

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Feb 03 2017

54mins

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Rank #20: Orwell & Hemingway in Spain – The Spanish Civil War – Homage to Catalonia + For Whom the Bell Tolls | Episode 043

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Orwell and Hemingway in Spain – the long awaited episode on the Spanish Civil War is finally here! Herein the panel covers Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, complete with some mustache styling tips and a brief lesson in Spanish swear words. Though centered on the same conflict (albeit in separate regions of the country) the two works differ wildly in style, tone and detail. Hemingway’s novel is essentially fiction, making use of the conflict for his  setting and backdrop while Orwell reports on the war, laboring to understand and explain the roots of the struggle within the quagmire of surrounding politics. Sam’s brief primer on the Spanish Civil War promises to make the subject more accessible than ever before – and hopefully encourage more personal research into an event that seems to reside unjustly in the shadow of World War II.

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Jan 16 2017

1hr 14mins

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