Episode 40: Thigh Guy Summer

BLACK NARCISSUS with Jessica Winter


Details, credits, errata: This week’s episode is about Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s classic film of faith, missionary life, and repressed desire, Black Narcissus, as chosen by our wonderful guest, Jessica Winter, an editor at The New Yorker and the author of the new novel The Fourth Child, which Alissa read, loved, and recommends to all of you.

Our image is a still from the film; the hat, we are reasonably certain, is a mashed-up bycocket, though we welcome correction on this point since nobody was able to identify it with complete confidence and we have several degrees between us.

Our theme song is Louis Armstrong and His Hot 5’s Muskrat Ramble, made freely available by the Boston Public Library and audio engineering shop George Blood, LP through the Internet Archive. Black Narcissus is copyright 1947 The Archers and the still frame above, along with brief audio excerpts, are used herein for purposes of review. All other material is copyright 2021 Sam Thielman and Alissa Wilkinson.