Episodes

Episode 101 - A Darker Shade of Magic

Join us as we venture into a series of magical Londons in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series! This episode, we're talking about A Darker Shade of Magic, the first in the series and the introduction of Lila bard, the queen of our hearts, and Kell, a mess. We're also talking about symbols and the function of fantasy and more!

Warning: A bit of language, here and there. 

To get right to the conversation, fast forward to right around 35:50.

What Missy's Been Up To

Playing:

Reading:

  • salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

Watching;

  • Spider-Man 2

  • Sorry to Bother You

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Listening To:

  • Mabel 

 

What Merri's Been Up To

Watching;

  • Great British Baking Show

  • Doctor Who

  • Star Wars Resistance

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (Part 1) by Emily Asher-Perrin

“In Search of Doors”: Read V.E. Schwab’s 2018 J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature 

 5 Questions for the End of A Darker Shade of Magic by Emily Asher-Perrin 

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Episode 78 - Polarity by Max Bemis

Welcome to episode 78, in which we discuss Polarity by Max Bemis, the lyricist and vocalist for Say Anything, one of the major bands of our adolescence. We're talking about catharsis, about audience, and about hypocrisy, because Polarity is a lot to digest while simultaneously being very little.

To get right to the Polarity talk, skip to 00:27:00.

Warnings: This episode is uncensored, but we only decided that midway through. There are also some frank discussions of mental health concerns, if that's a distressing area for you.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:
Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya Rodale

Watching:
The Shape of Water
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Listening To:
Dames and Dragons

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:
Mabel

Watching:
The Crown
Bright

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Patterns and Panels: How comics portray psychological illness by Katy Waldman
COMMENTARY TRACK: “Polarity”#1 With Max Bemis by Ryan Ingram
Say Anything singer debuts 'Polarity' comic in April by Brian Truitt
Say Anything Frontman Max Bemis on POLARITY by Paul Montgomery
Mental Health and the Media: its role, responsibilities and the key challenges by Emma Wilson


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Episode 76 - Carmilla

Let's get spooky and a little sexy in episode 76, all about Carmilla! We're talking about how online media impacts who gets to tell stories, the legacy of our childhood faves, and branded feminism. Did you think this was going to be a light and fluffy episode? We did too, honestly. We're incorrigible.

To get right to the Carmilla talk, skip to 00:15:47.

Mistakes: Our discussion of gendered clothing and non-binary representation could be better—sometimes we discuss things that aren't in the outline, and our wording isn't as clear as we'd like it to be. What we mean in this discussion is that non-binary folks don't have to look a certain way to be non-binary; pop culture and fashion imply that androgyny looks masculine, but not everybody's identities align with that. A non-binary person is non-binary no matter what they wear. Both of us are cis, and we're willing to admit that we screw up sometimes; if you want to correct us about anything we said in this conversation, please do! We want to do better, and we appreciate the feedback.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:
Tacoma

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:
Tanis
Rabbits

Watching:
The Great British Bake-Off

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

THE CARMILLA WEBSERIES: ON LESBIAN VAMPIRES AND CREAMPUFFS by Alex Cranz
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Adapting Jane Austen in the Internet Age by Silke Jandl (it's on JSTOR)
Lesbian Vampires & Kotex: How ‘Carmilla’ Became a Branded Digital Series Sensation by Todd Longwell
“Branded feminism is a bloodletting of the movement and it can no longer continue” by Bertie Brandes
OFF BRAND: THE LIMITS OF CELEBRITY FEMINISM by Andi Zeisler
The use of transmedia storytelling and the representation of LGBT community in Carmilla by Thalita Carvalho (from academia.edu)
Carmilla Rising: Adapting Le Fanu’s Novella In the Age of Social Media by Matt Foley

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