Ed Webb and I were on National Public Radio on Sunday, April 3rd, talking about Doctor Who, the Daleks, and genocide. The show, Keepin’ the Faith, is hosted by University of Illinois emeritus professor of Religion, Steve Shoemaker, and since the program deals with issues of ethics and morality, he thought it might be a good venue for a discussion of our Doctor Who and Philosophy chapter, “Should the Daleks Be Exterminated?” Despite the gravity of the subject, we all had an excellent time and greatly appreciate Steve’s inviting us on the show, which is now available as a podcast:
I had the chance to check out the first episode of David Drage’s new Dial P for Pulp podcast the other night and would like to recommend it to other fans of the genre. The show consists of a review of the book, Hard Boiled Cthulhu, an interview with illustrator, Tom Roberts, and a reading of the first part of Robert E. Howard’s “Red Shadows”. The review alone was well worth my time, since it saved me from actually purchasing the book (seriously how can you compile a “hard-boiled” mythos anthology without including Kim Newman’s [a.k.a. Jack Yeovil] “The Big Fish”?).
I would also like to remind everyone about Scott Monty and Burt Wolder’s I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, which has lately really hit its stride.
I’m not sure how I managed to overlook this for so long, but there’s been a 10-minute French (?) Green Hornet (Le Frelon Vert—still quite catchy) fan flick available at this site for almost a year. It’s very well produced, if a little Kung-Fu intensive, but I guess that’s forgivable given Bruce Lee’s turn in the classic TV series. They even manage to do a decent job with the theme music (though nothing beats the original). The movie is available in both QuickTime and DivX formats, and there is a “making of” special (in French) available at the site, as well. For purists, episodes of the original radio series are still available at the OTR.Net site.
I mentioned in an earlier post that it’s a rare thing when my interest in classics intersects with my interest in horror and mystery fiction, and I’ve recently found found another one of these fantastic intersections: Sherlock Holmes stories translated into Latin! Ephemeris, the online, daily Latin news site, has so far translated 3 stories from the Adventures and Memoirs:
Hopefully, they will post even more in the future.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to point out that Scott Monty of the Baker Street Blog (he’s been involved in a lot of brilliant things, lately) and Burt Wolder have recently undertaken a series of Sherlockian podcasts at I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere. They haven’t yet recorded their official premier episode, but they have recorded a nice introductory piece which introduces listeners to the medium. This episode also features a couple of treats that will be familiar to readers of the Baker Street Journal, a short “My First Meeting with Sherlock Holmes” segment and a reading of Edgar W. Smith’s famous editorial, “The Implicit Holmes”. This will definitely be worth following.
No one to watch while we’re kissing,
No one to see while we spoon.
Come, take a trip in my air ship,
And we’ll visit the man in the moon.
I thought that perhaps it was time for a musical number.
On Dec. 11th, Columbia Pictures announced that it will be making a new film featuring the most legendary pulp hero of all, the Shadow. The film will be produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Siavash Farahani, who also wrote the script. If the franchise takes off, word is that a Doc Savage film may not be far behind. This coincides with the recent re-printing, after decades of inactivity, of the original Street and Smith Shadow and Doc Savage pulp magazines:
I’ll admit this all seems like good news for pulp fiction fans (unless the new Shadow movie is as flawed as the one released in 1994), but I feel more than apprehensive. Conde Nast currently retains the rights to all of the Street and Smith pulps and is a poster child for everything that is wrong with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For years, Conde Nast refused to reprint any old pulps but has always been exceedingly diligent and eager to take legal action against anyone who attempted to make this material available on the Web. The most loathsome example of this is their recent legal dismantling of David Moynihan’s Blackmask Online archive of etexts. It is appalling that such an irresponsible administration of copyright should be legally sanctioned, and it raises the question–If the original authors were only paid pennies per word by a publisher that no longer even exists, whose rights are actually being protected, here? I would prefer to avoid patronizing Conde Nast.
For Shadow fans, I would highly recommend the Shadow in Review site, which is still brilliant, despite having been gutted by a Conde Nast injunction. Another great site is The Shadow: Master of Darkness, and for those who prefer the radio serials, please visit The Old Time Radio Network.
After a bit of reflection (i.e. drinking), I’ve decided to continue with posting to this blog. It began as an assignment for one of my MLIS courses, and I’m going to keep a few of these mandatory posts, not because I want to preserve some kind of historical record, but simply because I can’t bring myself to delete any comments left by my friends: Megan, Justin, Bill, and Stefanie. From here on, although library and information science is a fascinating and stimulating subject over which I’m sure countless individuals pour with palm-sweating avidity, I’m going to risk alienating this audience in order to indulge some of my own oh-so-popular interests, such as classical studies, English and French lit., pulp fiction (please have a look at the del.icio.us tags to the left), and music (I’d love it someone could identify where the above title came from). I can’t promise that I’ll post to this page every day, but at least once a week I’ll try to throw up something that may be mildly interesting or of some utility.
For instance, this week I’d like to highlight the efforts of my friend Chris Francese of Dickinson College. Recently Chris began putting together some Podcasts that feature him discussing a Latin poem and then reading it aloud, in hopes that it will help students with their pronunciation and scansion (or merely to indulge his own odd interests). Here’s where these can be found:
Hopefully, someone out there will appreciate this, and if anyone does, please let me know. Until next time.