Episodes

The Fifth Head Of Cerberus

Title Novella Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

June 2, 2017

Intro: Metz regales Phil with the time that his wife took their house cat to a cat show. Content (3:12): Post-read discussion of the title novella in The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.

The Fifth Head Of Cerberus

Pages 66-81 - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

May 26, 2017

Intro: Phil explains why he hates the term "World Building."   Content (6:30): Discussion of Pages 66-81 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.

The Fifth Head Of Cerberus

Pages 51-66 - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

May 19, 2017

Intro: Metz tries to entice Phil into reading Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber.   Content (9:18): Discussion of Pages 51-66 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.

The Fifth Head Of Cerberus

Pages 36-50 - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

May 12, 2017

Intro: Phil tells Metz about The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.   Content (7:42): Discussion of Pages 36-50 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.

The Fifth Head Of Cerberus

Pages 22-36 - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

May 5, 2017

Intro: Metz asks Phil to describe the merits of interactive fiction.   Content (10:30): Discussion of Pages 22-36 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.

The Fifth Head Of Cerberus

Pages 11-22 - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

April 28, 2017

Intro: Phil asks Metz to go more in-depth about his interests in pattern-based comedy.   Content (8:28): Discussion of Pages 11-22 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.

Other Authors

Scene II.vii - Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

April 21, 2017

Intro: Metz gets Phil to discuss the decline of political cartooning in the US. Content (6:35): Discussion of Act II, scene vii of Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard.

Other Authors

Scenes II.v. and II.vi. - Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

April 14, 2017

Intro: Metz and Phil argue about the value of the Muppets to society. Content (8:40): Discussion of Scenes II.v. and II.vi. from "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.

Other Authors

Scenes I.iii. and I.iv. - Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

April 7, 2017

Intro: Phil and Metz discuss the videogame "Undertale." Content (8:54): Discussions of Scenes I.iii. and I.iv. of "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.

Other Authors

Scene I.ii. - Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

March 31, 2017

Intro: Metz forces Phil to play Jonathan Blow's "The Witness" at gunpoint. Content (8:11): Discussion of scene I.ii. from "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.

Other Authors

Scene I.i - Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

March 24, 2017

Intro: Phil teases Metz's opinions on Star Trek out of him. Content (6:01): Discussion of Act I, Scene i of "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.

Other Authors

Introduction - Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

March 17, 2017

Intro: Metz and Phil discuss Tom Stoppard's 1998 film, "Shakespeare in Love." Content (5:22): Historical, philosophical, and dramaturgical background on "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.

Wolfe Short Stories And Novellas

Part 2 - Gene Wolfe's Forlesen

March 10, 2017

Introduction: Discussion of the Terry Gilliam movie "Brazil." Content (6:15): Discussion of the second half of the short story "Forlesen" by Gene Wolfe.

Wolfe Short Stories And Novellas

Part 1 - Gene Wolfe's Forlesen

March 3, 2017

Content: Discussion of the first half of the short story "Forlesen" by Gene Wolfe.

Wolfe Short Stories And Novellas

Gene Wolfe's The Hero as Werwolf

Feb. 24, 2017

Intro: Metz and Phil talk about their favorite styles of comedy, and the differences between them. Content (6:44): Discussion of  the short story "The Hero as Werwolf" by Gene Wolfe.

Wolfe Short Stories And Novellas

Gene Wolfe's Under Hill

Feb. 17, 2017

Intro: Phil and Metz discuss the upcoming relaunch of Disney's "DuckTales." Content (9:00): Discussion of the short story "Under Hill" by Gene Wolfe.

The Sorcerer's House

Numbers 42, 43, and 44, Compiler's Note, and Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Feb. 10, 2017

Intro: Phil gives some practical drawing advice. Content (7:45): Discussion of letters 42 through 44 and the Compiler's Note of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House." Afterward, a discussion of the novel as a whole.

The Sorcerer's House

Numbers 40 and 41 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Feb. 3, 2017

Intro: Phil and Metz discuss the origin of their friendship. Content (9:55): Discussion of letters 40 and 41 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

The Sorcerer's House

Numbers 38 and 39 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Jan. 27, 2017

Intro: The inktober artwork of Erik He and his interpretation of "Book of the New Sun." Content (10:43): Discussion of letters 38 and 39 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

The Sorcerer's House

Numbers 35, 36, and 37 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Jan. 20, 2017

Intro: Phil probes Metz on the musical Cats, and gets more musical theatre history than he bargained for. Content (14:20): Discussion of letters 35, 36, and 37 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

The Sorcerer's House

Numbers 32, 33, and 34 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Jan. 13, 2017

Intro: Phil gets quizzed on his Shakespeare knowledge. Content (11:18): Discussion of letters 32, 33, and 34 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

The Sorcerer's House

Number 31 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Jan. 6, 2017

Intro: Phil and Metz try and convince adult fans of literary speculative fiction that they should be watching Steven Universe, a cartoon show geared at tweens. Content (11:15): Discussion of letter 31 of Gene Wolfe's "The So…

The Sorcerer's House

Numbers 27, 28, 29, and 30 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Dec. 30, 2016

Intro: Phil thanks Metz for a lovely side of corned beef. Content (1:16): Discussion of letters 27, 28, 29, and 30 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

The Sorcerer's House

Numbers 24, 25, and 26 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Dec. 23, 2016

Intro: Phil talks about Dark Souls and their Wolfeian methods of storytelling. Content (11:56): Discussion of letters 24, 25, and 26 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."