June 3rd, 2010


Podcasting and Literary News

Happy birthday to nakeisha! May your day be wonderful and special, just like you.

Many thanks to all of you who responded to my recent poll about autobiographies.

I have a few links to share today:

* My most recent StarShipSofa "History of the Genre" segment, which is about the classic 1884 dystopia Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

* Very sad news, in case you haven't heard: according to Ansible, author Diana Wynne Jones has discontinued her chemotherapy and is in very precarious health. All of us who have been touched by her writing have the opportunity to express our appreciation and support for her. The front page of her official fan site has a note from its organizer about where to email best wishes.

* I've discovered another podcast I want to recommend: Chivalry Today. The monthly show explores the history, literature and philosophy of the code of chivalry, from medieval knights and the legends of King Arthur, to contemporary works of popular culture such as Star Wars and Batman, and the depictions of ethics and personal honor that they offer. Thus far I've been very impressed with the show's level of discussion and the insights of the expert guests; if you are interested in medievalism, Arthuriana, popular culture, and/or ethics, I suggest checking it out.

* The finalists for the 2010 Mythopoeic Awards have been announced, and I'm pleased that both of the works I nominated made the final list! Congratulations to all of the nominees. See the complete list of finalists here.

"I think we ought to live happily ever after."
— Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle