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Heeeeere's Jack, back with another Shabcast. In a break from recent tradition, this new episode does not feature me talking to Kit Power about his new book even though he does have a new book out as usual. Devastating news? Well, it would be except that instead I'm talking to our very own Christine Kelley), writer of the brilliant Dreams of Orgonon blog and all-round starburst of interestingness. Nominally our conversation is about Alien and The Shining, movies to which we both indefinitely rent cranial real estate, but you'll find we range pretty freely from topic to topic as you'd expect from Eruditorum Press people. Our topics include Mckellen's Richard III, Julie Taymor's Titus, Branagh's Hamlet, and even a few things that aren't Shakespeare movies. Enjoy.
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CW: This entire blog post discusses domestic abuse, sexual violence, and severe emotional manipulation at length and in triggering detail.
“The little fucker had thrown my papers all over the floor. All I tried to do was pull him up… a momentary loss of muscular coordination.”
Jack Torrance, The Shining.
The woman who raised me had seemingly few qualms about shrieking her disapproval at me several times per day. Usually she accomplished her purpose with words, but sometimes she would punctuate her castigations with a punitive strike of her hand. It was unclear to me what this accomplished beyond making me afraid of my own parent. If that was her purpose, she succeeded impressively.
In the summer of 2015, I learned that there was a familial precedent for my birth-giver’s violent tendencies. For a couple months, I stayed with her parents while she worked abroad. After a minor argument in which I told the family that an extended episode of severe depression would impair my ability to join the family on a daytrip, my grandfather trailed me to my guest bedroom and aggressively pushed me through the door. As I attempted to raise myself ...
Yet another strand of Wrong With Authority launches. This time it's Carter Before the Horse. It's basically just Consider the Reagan but earlier.
In this inaugural edition, James, Kit, and Jack watch Kubrick's The Shining, and say things about it.
Beware Triggers, because we talk about the film's themes, and they're not pretty.*