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Episode 26 – Book

Feb 24, 2023 | Season 2

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The Cat goes deep, DEEP into the illimitable expanses of negative space with special guest Nathan Ballingrud, incomparable author of The Strange, Wounds, and North American Lake Monsters. While Joseph gets nostalgic for Betamax and Aaron is thrown into existential crisis, Kaaron fills one minute’s silence with entirely inappropriate thoughts. Nathan navigates a tightrope of what – and what not – to say. Silence is discussed, as are the divers mysteries of the beyond, and the liberation of just starting something and seeing where it will lead. Also considered: the void created by our inability to comprehend what lies beyond death, which we fill with the entirety of the human imagination. Aaron fixates on Jan Brady. Kaaron unveils her journal of lies. Nathan brings a book. Everyone discovers the Northwest Passage.

Vacant lots and echoey multi-storey car parks discussed in this episode include:

  • John Cage’s 4’33” (Not “one minute silence”, as Joseph erroneously named it.)
  • John Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
  • Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca (as ultimate negative space)
  • Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present
  • Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in Hell
  • Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic series
  • Stephen King’s The Green Mile
  • Eiji Yoshikawa’s Musashi
  • John Darnielle’ Wolf in White Van