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

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links Episode Trailer Sometimes A Great Notion (1971 film) – Paul Newman Jack Kerouac On the Road Che Guevara Motorcycle Diaries Motorcycle Diaries (2004 film) – Walter Salles Kerouac on Firing Line with William F. Buckley Marco Polo Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac Che (2008 film) – Steven Soderbergh Fidel Castro


23 Jan 2016

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

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links If on a winter’s night a traveler Italo Calvino At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails (with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others) by Sarah Bakewell Italo Svevo Jorge Luis Borges “The Garden of Forking Paths” “A Japanese AI program just wrote a short novel, and it almost won a literary prize” Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983 film) – Terry Jones Annie Hall  (1978 film) – Woody Allen The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson  The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata Billy Meier “Flight” by John Steinbeck Gore Vidal Joseph Conrad Three Days of the Condor (1975 film) – Sydney Pollack Italo Calvino – BBC Interview 1985 Charlie Kaufman


17 May 2016

Rank #2

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

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links Flannery O’Connor Southern Gothic Literature “Good Country People” “Everything that Rises Must Converge” “A Good Man is Hard to Find” “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor Iowa Writing Program Harry Whittington Apologizes for Getting Shot in the Face by Dick Cheney “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” By Peggy McIntosh (not sure where Patrick got “Mavis Essay” but here’s what we were talking about) Coen Brothers No Country for Old Men (2007 film) – Joel & Ethan Coen Blood Simple (1984 film) – Joel & Ethan Coen Fargo (1996 film) – Joel & Ethan Coen O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000 Film) – Joel & Ethan Coen Instagram post Pervious Episode – To Kill to Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) “Geraldo Moment”

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25 Mar 2017

Rank #3

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan | Episode 033

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links Jennifer Egan jenniferegan.com A Visit from the Goon Squad The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Steely Dan Daniel Johnston Dead Kennedys PCU (1994 film) – Hart Bochner Empire Records (1995 film) – Allan Moyle Peep Show – Hat Game – Indie Bands High Fidelity by Nick Hornby Vinyl (HBO Series) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz


6 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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The Covert Episode – Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene | Episode 027

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links Episode photo – detailed from the cover of Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene ©1958 Viking Press New York. In Like Flint (1967 film) starring James Coburn The Man from U.N.C.L.E. MI6 Ian Flemming The Big Lebowski (1998 film) The Long Goodbye (1973 film) [not The Long Goodnight] Inherent Vice (2014 film) book cipher (book code) Kurt Vonnegut Nikolai Gogol E. M. Forster Evelyn Waugh Kingsley Amis The Third Man (1949 film)


9 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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To Kill To Kill a Mockingbird – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee | Episode 003

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? Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird (film) Farewell to Manzanar by James D. Houston & Jeanne Wakatsuki Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor


29 Jul 2015

Rank #6

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

“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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links “Temperature” by F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald Strand Magazine Andrew Gulli (Strand Editor) Fitzgerald at the Movies – Last Call (2002 Film) | Episode 015 The Deer Park by Norman Mailer “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008 film) – David Fincher Apocalypse Now (1979 Film) – Francis Ford Coppola Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Further reading (Fitzgerald): The Great Gatsby Tender is the Night The Beautiful and Damned Love of the Last Tycoon This Side of Paradise “Diamond as big as the Ritz” “May Day” “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”  “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Babylon Revisited” Pat Hobby stories


9 Jan 2016

Rank #7

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Tolstoy at the Movies – The Last Station (2009 Film) | Episode 025

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.” Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links The Last Station by Jay Parini Mark Twain (1835-1910) Tolstoyan Movement Mahatma Gandhi  Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) Valentin Fyodorovich Bulgakov (James McAvoy) Sofya Tolstoy (Helen Mirren) Masterpiece Theater


16 Jan 2016

Rank #8

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Limited Gestation – Minisode 002 | Is Game of Thrones a Runaway Train?

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links George R.R. Martin’s blog post Douglas Adams Deadwood


2 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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Pat on Steinbeck – In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck | Episode 030

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! Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links In Dubious Battle John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath Eugene Debbs Pascal “Pat” Covici Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters Working Days: The Journals of the Grapes of Wrath Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Sam’s book reference) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Yoknapatawpha County (the unpronounceable county)


14 Apr 2016

Rank #10

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

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 film) – Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey (novel) by Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke Stanley Kubrick Francis Ford Coppola Mario Puzo “Drawing Hands“ (lithograph) by M.C. Escher Led Zeppelin – Presence (1976 album cover) Prime Directive (Star Trek) Contact (1997 American film) – Robert Zemekis Tycho Brahe Tycho (musician) Annie Hall 2010 (1984 film) – Peter Hyams Stargate Sequence (video) Childhood’s End by Arthur C Clarke Jules Verne H. G. Wells Scott Kelly


1 Mar 2016

Rank #11

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Toni Morrison’s Beloved Jazz | Episode 049

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links Toni Morrison Jazz Beloved Beloved (film) Kunderafest – The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera | Episode 002 40 acres and a mule Dred Scott Decision (Dred Scott v. Sandford) Paul B is actually Paul D (apologies from Sam) Die Blechtrommel – The Tin Drum by Günter Grass | Episode 008 The Tin Drum by Günter Grass Salman Rushdie One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Márquez Terry Pratchett The Exorcist Woody Allen Sunset Boulevard


10 Jun 2017

Rank #12

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The Handmaid’s Tale Revisited – Novel + Series | Episode 048

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu Audiobook Claire Danes performs The Handmaid’s Tale Atwood’s Dystopia – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | Episode 017 Monster (2003 film) – Patty Jenkins Breakfast Club (1985 film) – John Huges Frog in boiling water Tammy Fay Baker (or Tammy Faye Messner) Phyllis Schlafly 11.22.63 By Stephen King – Novel + Miniseries | Episode 032 The Man in The High Castle by Philip K. Dick – Novel + Series | Episode 022

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30 May 2017

Rank #13

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Scoop by Evelyn Waugh | Episode 047

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links Scoop Evelyn Waugh Fleet Street Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh Second Italo-Abyssinian War Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene – Episode “British comedy is based on the question Wouldn’t it be funny IF? whereas American comedy is based on the question Isn’t it funny THAT?” Salman Rushdie. You can watch the interview from which this quote originates here. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse John Oliver’s Bit on newspapers Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Apocalypse Now (1979 film) – Francis Ford Coppola March by Geraldine Brooks


11 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Riffraff! – The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington | Episode 029

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington Sidecar & F. Scott Fitzgerald Woodruff Place, Indianapolis (inspired Amberson neighborhood) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevski The Brady Bunch (TV Show – 1969-1974) Negging Say Anything… (1989 film) – Cameron Crowe Packard The Magnificent Ambersons (1942 film) – Orson Welles Pinky & The Brain (animated TV series)


15 Mar 2016

Rank #15

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11.22.63 By Stephen King – Novel + Miniseries | Episode 032

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? Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links 11.22.63 Stephen King 11.22.63 (Television Series) Riffraff! – The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington | Episode 029 (George Amberson) The Help by Kathryn Stockett People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks It by Stephen King Libra by Don DeLillo One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975 film) – Miloš Forman The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe The Last Investigation by Gaeton Fonzi The Man in The High Castle by Philip K. Dick – Novel + Series | Episode 022 The Shining (1980 film) – Staley Kubrick Tom Hanks on NPR’s Fresh Air


7 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Lolita (1962 film) – Stanley Kubrick The Shining by Stephen King The Shining (1980 film) – Stanley Kubrick The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005 film) – Garth Jennings As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner As I Lay Dying (2013 film) – James Franco Blowout (1981 film) – Brian de Palma East of Eden by John Steinbeck East of Eden (1955 film) – Elia Kazan War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy War and Peace (1956 film) – King Vidor Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina (2012 film) – Joe Wright Les Misérables by Victor Hugo Les Misérables (2012 film) – Tom Hooper Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind (1939 film) – Victor Fleming The Godfather by Mario Puzo The Godfather (1972 film) – Francis Ford Coppola The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty The Exorcist (1973  film) – William Friedkin Jaws by Peter Benchley Jaws (1975 film) – Steven Spielberg No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy No Country for Old Men (2007 film) – Coen Brothers To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway To Have and Have Not (1944 film) – Howard Hawks 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 film) – Stanley Kubrick Psycho (1960 film) – Alfred Hitchcock Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964 film) – Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon (1975 film) – Stanley Kubrick


13 Aug 2015

Rank #17

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Who Was Shakespeare, Anyway? | Episode 045

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links William Shakespeare Shakespeare Authorship Question Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro Players: The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare by Bertram Fields Henry VIII (play) Romeo & Juliet (you know, just in case) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Bloody Mary (Mary I) Queen Elizabeth I Jack the Ripper Edmond Malone & The Ireland Shakespeare Forgeries Hitler Diaries Hoax Nabokov Was Not a Pedophile – Separating Characters from Their Authors | Episode 009 Richard II (play) Hollow Crown (TV series) Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex How ‘Sherlock of the Library’ Cracked the Case of Shakespeare’s Identity – The Guardian Christopher Marlowe Credited as One of Shakespeare’s Co-writers – The Guardian Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford Christopher Marlowe Francis Bacon William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutland Anonymous (2011 film) – Roland Emmerich Tupac Shakur

1hr 5mins

21 Feb 2017

Rank #18

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

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links It Can’t Happen Here Sinclair Lewis Fascism: /ˈfæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. The first fascist movements emerged in Italy during World War I, before spreading to other European countries. Opposed to liberalism, Marxism and anarchism, fascism is usually placed on the far-right within the traditional left–right spectrum. Dystopia 1984 by George Orwell Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Check out our podcast episode) Red Dawn (1984 film) – John Milius War with Russia: An Urgent Warning from Senior Military Command by Richard Shirreff Nazi Party Marching in Madison Square Garden Dystopian Novel Series Part I – We by Yevgeny Zamyatin | Episode 034 Dystopian Novel Series Part II – Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne | Episode 035


3 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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

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. Follow @Infin8Gestation on Twitter • Visit InfiniteGestation.com Show Notes & Links George Orwell Homage to Catalonia Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls Beatnik vs. Revolutionary – On the Road by Jack Kerouac + Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara | Episode 026 Spanish Civil War Francisco Franco The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor Fascism: Fascism /ˈfæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. The first fascist movements emerged in Italy during World War I, before spreading to other European countries. Opposed to liberalism, Marxism and anarchism, fascism is usually placed on the far-right within the traditional left–right spectrum. The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David Kertzer Basque Nationalists Paths of Glory (1957 film) – Stanley Kubrick For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943 film) – Sam Wood The Red Badge of Courage by Steven Crane Orwell in Spain by George Orwell (Christopher Hitchens intro.)

1hr 14mins

16 Jan 2017

Rank #20