Vol. 2, Episode 3: Vibing Into a Dreamscape


Details, credits, errata: Our guest this week is Friend of the Pod Isaac Butler, journalist and cultural historian who has a new and very good book called The Method coming out in February; he would be grateful if you’re able to toss him a pre-order—he’s a terrific writer and you won’t regret it. He also hosts a podcast of his own, Working, at Slate. Check him out!

The movie we’re talking about is David Lowery’s The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton. It’s still in theaters most places and rentable on Amazon Prime, among other services. We recommend the movie and we recommend against the novel coronavirus so we suggest you make an informed and responsible decision and beg you not to go to a movie theater if you haven’t had a vaccine. We love you and want you to live!

The image on the site this week is the opening lines of the poem on which the movie is based, from the Cotton Nero A.x manuscript, now at the British Library.

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 ArchiveThe Green Knight is copyright 2021 A24. Brief audio excerpts are used herein for purposes of review. All other material is copyright 2021 Sam Thielman and Alissa Wilkinson.

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