Episode 97: Other Media for Readers (with special guest Christopher Merchant)
This week, we're joined by editor and writer Christopher Merchant to discuss other forms of media outside books that have something to offer readers. Chris discusses the silent storytelling of games like Limbo and Journey, Josh reflects on the remarkable ability of television to craft long form stories with The Wire and Breaking Bad, and Dietrich talks about the rich language and worlds crafted by director Martin Scorcese. In addition, Dietrich makes a shameful admission regarding a series that he absolutely will not be discussing, and the pair is taken to task by a long-time friend of the show for their lapses regarding female authors. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We've Been Reading
0:00 to 23:17
Chris discusses an annual collection of short stories with disappointing endings, Josh continues his journey through Robert Jordan's epic, and Dietrich alienates half our audience by eagerly discussing a book about theoretical physics.
Media for Readers
23:17 to 1:05:10
This week, the pair step away from the bookshelf to discuss other media that might appeal to readers. Dietrich discusses the depth of character and language in Deadwood, Chris talks about the silent storytelling of games like Journey and Limbo, and Josh talks about the show often described as a "novel for television".
Off The Bookshelf
1:05:10 to 1:17:11
Dietrich comes back from The Hobbit surprised and pleased at the anticipated adaptation, while Josh talks about the original Django and the classic film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.