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H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 4: Episode 5: Letters February 1927-June 1927

Let's look at some more of H. P. Lovecraft's letters. In this episode I explore the ones he wrote in 1927. There are a few good and important letters here such as one to Donald Wanderi on metaphysics and one to Bernard Dwyer on culture, migration and modernism.

Episode 420: James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (3)

Part three of my review of LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN by James Agee. In this part of the book, Agee continues his report on the material conditions of life for the three sharecropping families. It will get weird again at the end.

H.P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 4: Episode 4: Letters October 1926-February 1927

The winter of 1926-27 Lovecraft wrote several interesting letters on his aesthetic and literary tastes and he worked on THE DREAMQUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH. Some ennui at this time, it seems to me.

Episode 419: Jame Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (2)

In part 2 of LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN by James Agee we get a look at the material conditions of life for our three sharecropper families, with special focus on their homes.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 4: Episode 3: Letters May 1926-October 1926

Back in Providence, Lovecraft felt more at peace, but his New York experience shaped how he even saw Providence as he began to explore it again. He saw pockets of his town he never noticed before. Lots of fun letters in this section showing these reflections on NY.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 4: Episode 2: Letters November 1925-May 1926

In this episode I look at more of H. P. Lovecraft's letters. These cover his final months in New York and his return to Providence. But this New York experience will stay in Lovecraft's mind for many years.

Episode 418: James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1)

Part one of my review of the frustrating, fascinating, and beautiful work LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN. I still do not know fully what to think of this one. It explores the lives of sharecroppers in the South during the Great Depression, but goes off the rails.

Episode 417:James Agee: Some Assorted Journalism

If you are interested here are some thoughts on a few pieces of James Agee's assorted journalism for FORTUNE and TIME, including some book reviews. The most interesting may be his look at cock fighting and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Episode 416: James Agee: Night of the Hunter: Screenplay and Film

For the first time in this podcast, I am looking at a screenplay. This one was by James Agee based on the book NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, about a Bluebeard character. Contains some real horror elements.

H. P. Lovecraft BookClub: Series 4: Episode 1: Letters Feburary to October 1925

An episode where I try to look at a bunch of H. P. Lovecraft's letters from his time in New York.

The Harry Houdini Book Club: Episode 1: Under the Pyramids

In this episode, I look at a short story by Harry Houdini (ghost written by H. P. Lovecraft) called "Under the Pyramids". It is a beautiful story of the exploration into deep history even if the scare at the end is fairly typical of its writer. Narrated by Houdini, the "was it all a dream" suggestion has a bit more punch.

Episode415: James Agee: Agee on Film (5)

In this episode we finish up with Agee's film reviews for TIME. Overall, I think they are worth reading in the context of re-exploring some of the films of the 1940s.

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