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57 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 11 - "Remember Me": Honoring the Dead in Coco and "The Altar of the Dead"
Jace and Preston look at memory and memorializing the dead in Disney Pixar's Coco and Henry James' 1895 short story "The Altar of the Dead." They weave the common threads and ideas in both works into the current political climate in the US surrounding memorials, statues, and the naming/renaming/unnaming of buildings on college campuses. Check out their blog at litknitterspod.wordpress.com. Like and subscribe and leave them a rating on wherever you get your podcasts. If you have any questions or want to joint the knitting circle, find them on Instagram @litknitterspod and Twitter @litknitterspod or email them at email@example.com.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 10 - Cartoonized Evil and the Constraints of Empathy: Maus and Jojo Rabbit
Midway through Season 2 of The Lit-Knitters, Sam, Jace, and Preston reconvene over Zoom to discuss the 2019 film Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi, alongside Art Spiegelman's renowned graphic novel Maus. In the episode, the guys discuss ways in which satire either extends, limits, or abuses the power of empathy, and the degree to which "cartoonizing" evil can both prevent evil and rectify its damages and horrors. Email us on our gmail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@litknitterspod) if you have comments, questions, or suggestions! We'd love to hear from you! New Yorker review of Jojo Rabbit by Richard Brody: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/springtime-for-nazis-how-the-satire-of-jojo-rabbit-backfires Intro music: www.bensounds.com Outro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT-_O65c9T0
58 minutes | a year ago
Episode 9 - Unease and Uncertainty in Pandemics: "White Noise" and COVID-19
Sam, Jace, and Preston shake things up on this episode of "The Lit-Knitters," meeting via Zoom to discuss the current global COVID-19 pandemic in the context of Don DeLillo's 1985 National Book Prize winning novel, White Noise. Disclaimer: Because this episode was recorded using the video conferencing software, Zoom, this episode's audio quality suffers slightly. We're working out those bugs and should be able to keep getting you "lit" content from a socially safe distance. Keep washing you hands and staying home! Intro music: www.bensounds.com Outro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OyBtMPqpNY
50 minutes | a year ago
Episode 8 - Realism and Romanticism in War: 1917 and The Red Badge of Courage
In this episode, Sam, Jace, and Preston discuss the 2019 Oscar-Award-winning film 1917 (directed by Sam Mendes) and the 1895 American Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. They discuss both works in relation to the Romantic and Realism literary periods and philosophies related to those movements, the romantic and realistic elements of both works, and how both the film and the movie address the issue of honoring those who fought and died in WWI and the American Civil War. (SPOILERS FOR 1917 and warning for descriptions of war scenes in both works) Intro music: www.bensounds.com Outro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0CXa69GMp4&feature=youtu.be
37 minutes | a year ago
Episode 7 - Monstrous Anti-Heroes: Grendel and Shrek
Welcome to season 2 of The Lit-Knitters! Despite our lengthy hiatus, we're back in business with a new season full of great (albeit nerdy) connections between literature and movies/TV shows/music records/anything else we randomly think of! On this episode, we discuss anti-heroes, alternative fairy-tales, and monstrous apathy in Dreamwork's 2001 animated film Shrek and John Gardner's 1971 novel Grendel. In this episode, we also introduce a new co-host, Preston Thatcher. Preston is also a fellow student with us, Sam and Jace, and we're stoked to have him on the show! Thanks for sticking with us, and let us know what you think by emailing us at email@example.com or hitting us up on our social media @litknitterspod. DISCLAIMER: we recorded this episode about two and a half weeks ago before the coronavirus pandemic became more publicly widespread, so please view Jace's joke about the coronavirus in that light. THANKS! Intro music: www.bensounds.com Shrek clip URLs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iropsnsCEjA / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dpaJpQfTBo / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gz8d4Kay84 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FtCTW2rVFM Outro music: https://youtu.be/-UxD1FObOH4
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 6 - Loved Ones Lost: Nostalgia, Coping, and Spousal Death in "Leigia" and The Simpsons
In episode 6 of The Lit-Knitters, after a two month hiatus because of college finals, a marriage (Jace and Meghan), and general busyness, Sam and Jace dive into the world of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Leigia," a tale of love, death, and restoration and how Ned Flanders from The Simpsons deals with a similar tragedy in his own life. Also, a few shoutouts to two of our podcasting inspirations: Book Fight! and Overdue. Check them out and give them a rating! Also a personal plug for Jace. His wife, Meghan, is a wedding photographer. Do you know anyone who is getting engaged, married, eloping etc? Book Meghan! She's so much fun, has so much energy, and is so worth your time! (Instagram, website) See you next week!
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 5 - Fake Fiction: The Things They Carried and Fargo
What does it mean to write or tell a real story? Have you ever wondered how much truth is behind the adage "based on true events"? Sam and Jace with guest Court Einfeldt, discuss Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War novel The Things the Carried and the second season of the FX show Fargo and how both of these works of fiction deal with and blur the lines between fact and fiction during the Vietnam War and the decade following it. A huge thanks to Court for his work on our logo! Check his designs out on Instagram at @des.einfeldt and on his behance portfolio at behance.net. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @litknitterspod! Intro Music: www.bensounds.com
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 4 - Huge Tiny Mistakes: Arrested Development and "The Gift of the Magi"
Have you ever made a huge mistake based on a tiny miscommunication? On this episode of the Lit-Knitters, Sam and Jace talk all about these huge tiny mistakes in "Arrested Development" and O Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," and share some of their own huge tiny mistakes. Special shout out to the Overdue Podcast, they're one of our big inspirations! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Intro Music: www.bensounds.com
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 3 - Stranger Neighbors: "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Stranger Things"
In this episode of "The Lit-Knitters," Sam and Jace knit together themes of misunderstanding, mistrust, and strange neighbors between Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Netflix blockbuster series "Stranger Things." Guest: Maddie Roush, host of "The Blackholes of Netflix" podcast, from BYU's UPL Intro music: www.bensounds.com
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Minisode 1 - Getting to Know the Lit-Knitters
In this bonus 'minisode', Sam and Jace unravel another "knitting pattern" and get down to the "knitty-gritty" as usual, only this time, they're not talking about a TV show and a work of literature . . . they're talking about each other! Listen to this shorter episode to get to know more about the hosts, their lives, and maybe even an embarrassing fact or two.
34 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 2 - Striving for Sublimity: Dr. Faustus, Faust, and Breaking Bad
On this episode of "The Lit-Knitters" Sam and Jace talk about ideas of striving for sublime experiences and redemption in three great works: Dr. Faustus, Faust, and Breaking Bad. Guest: Alex Roweton, host of "I Had the Craziest Dream Last Night" podcast, BYU UPL Music: wwww.bensounds.com Breaking Bad Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEmx23LwFhI&feature=youtu.be
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 1 - Shows about Nothing: "Seinfeld and "Waiting for Godot"
In the first episode of The Lit-Knitters, Sam and Jace knit together ideas about nothingness, tragicomedy, and 'Costanzian' moments in both "Seinfeld" and "Waiting for Godot." Guest: Mason Graham, host of the "Luncheons and Flagons" podcast Music: www.bensounds.com
1 minutes | 2 years ago
Trailer - Welcome to "The Lit-Knitters"
Welcome to "The Lit-Knitters," the podcast where two undergraduate English students, Sam and Jace, knit popular TV and classic literature together. Intro Music: www.bensounds.com
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