Listen to This: The Stacked Podcast

art-of-immersion.jpgLast Friday, I went out to Brooklyn and hung out with Christina Oppold, the creator of the literary blog Stacked, to talk about The Art of Immersion, a book by Wired contributing editor that looks at the new forms of storytelling being built around entertainment properties like Avatar, The Dark Knight, and Lost. The result: a 50-minute conversation about (among other things) how these narrative innovations might affect the publishing industry, with occasional detours through the existential hysteria prompted by Dungeons & Dragons in the 1980s, the real meaning of Fahrenheit 451, the ascendancy of Amanda Hocking, and the transparent elitism of Andrew Keen.

There’s a point in the podcast where we’re talking about fan wikis, and Christina mentions Terry Pratchett, and I’m all, “If there isn’t a Discworld wiki, there should be.” Well, there is a Pratchett wiki, which was intended to be just about Discworld, so there you go. (Same for the Wheel of Time wiki.)

This was a lot of fun, and I know Christina has big plans for future episodes, so keep an eye out!

1 April 2011 | listen to this |

Listen to This: Adam WarRock’s “Ira Glass”

ira-glass-cover.jpgI’m finishing up a major freelance assignment this afternoon, but I didn’t want to go too long without a new post—and it just so happened that I’d recently been alerted to the release of “Ira Glass,” a track by hip-hop performer Adam WarRock. (I’d heard of Adam WarRock—real name Eugene Warrock—through his role as the cohost of the War Rocket Ajax comics podcast, because the other cohost, Chris Sims, runs one of my all-time favorite websites, The Invincible Super-Blog.) Here’s what the artist has to say about his work:

“‘Ira Glass’ is the easiest thing for me to point to when people ask me what my music stands for. It’s a funny, cheeky concept, making the name of the popular public radio host into a slangy catchphrase. But it’s a serious, sentimental song about the art of storytelling, and how that art is changing. It’s a metaphor for the process of taking our life experiences, both the triumphant and the painful, and creating art. It’s about striving to do something with your life that’s greater than yourself. It’s about being as classy and intelligent as the man himself (whom I have spoken to via email, and is ever as classy and good spirited as you could imagine).”

On top of which, this song has a great hook and inspiring lyrics, and it’s just a lot of fun to listen to, you know? Go to Adam WarRock’s web page, listen to the song, and if you like it, spend a buck to download it to the MP3 player of your choice.

6 August 2010 | listen to this |

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