Hi readers and listeners – just a quick life update…
I mentioned recently my non-blogging life has been very busy in the last month or so. What I didn’t anticipate was taking on many new responsibilities at work, very suddenly and unexpectedly. By November, depending on how things turn out, I may not have much free time; and whatever I have, I need to spend on NaNoWriMo, to finish my novel-in-progress.
So, in order to make this adjustment
easier possible, I’ll be taking another unplanned break from podcasting, starting next week, with no ETA on its return.
I plan to keep blogging, if sporadically. I have at least one new review to share – Lord of the Flies – which should be coming here pretty soon. Also, I don’t plan to quit reading, so you can expect at least a monthly check-in with those reviews. (Reviews are much faster to publish, to say the least.)
Really sorry to anyone who’s been following along with Season 3. It’s a tough choice to make…I just don’t want to sacrifice the quality of content for “finishing out” the season. I hope once things settle down, I’ll be in a better place to get back into it again. 🙂
Let’s listen to Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” – an eerie narrative about a man who takes a walk in the hills and comes back with a story to tell. It’s a new one to me, so I’ll be sharing my candid reactions along the way. Let me know what you think of it!
“A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” by D. T. McGregor at LibriVox (public domain)
This week, I revisit Rudyard Kipling and his famous feral child Mowgli. The Jungle Book is one of my favorite Disney stories, but I did not like the book as a child. How does it read now that I’m older? (And when is that new movie coming out?!)
Sources / Further reading:
My Boy Jack (2007) – Biopic
“The White Man’s Burden” – Kipling’s poem
“The Black Man’s Burden” – H. T. Johnson’s response
Mowgli (2019) – Trailer
We kick off Season 3 with two giants of 19th-century science fiction: Jules Verne and Albert Robida. Both French authors, Verne and Robida crafted futuristic novels set in the 20th century, predicting changes in technology and society. Join me in this trip to the past, which at times feels amazingly reminiscent of the digital world we live in today.
Links / Further reading:
Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne
The Twentieth Century by Albert Robida