Episode 229: Playlist - Legion
After having fun assembling a reading playlist in the last episode, Josh and Dietrich decide to do it again, trading in a thoughtful and tense spy thriller as inspiration for a surreal nightmare of a superhero story. Using Noah Hawley's visual masterpiece Legion, the pair come up with books that explore sanity, push the boundaries between what's real and what's not, and just generally leave you baffled. From iconic explorations of delusions such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and The Shining, to Philip K. Dick and Kurt Vonnegut, Josh and Dietrich look at some of the best surreal fiction in the world. In addition, Josh takes over the first section (Dietrich started a new job and hasn't read a lot), talking about a sequel to a short story collection that blows the first out of the water, an excellent steampunk western by a talented genre author, and an iconic children's book by Neil Gaiman. Finally, they wrap up with a delightful video game that wears out its welcome far too quickly, a discussion of the wonderful Chattanooga Film Festival, and an explanation as to why Dietrich started getting bizarre letters in the mail. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.