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Bookwarm Games

By Wesley Schantz

Bookwarm Games plays on the connection between games, books, and life:

O, she's warm!
If this be magic, let it be an art
Lawful as eating.
- The Winter's Tale

You're back! Don't bother yourself with talking now, you look too tired.
Mothers understand these things. Eat some [favorite food] and scoot up to bed.
- EarthBound


Deep dives into video games and books, including a trove of audio for the Video Game Academy, co-hosted with Ben Kozlowski. Get involved at www.patreon.com/ProfessorKozlowski
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Shadow Particles with Evan Minto of Ani-Gamers / EarthBound Beginnings and Dragon Quest with Signum
Shadow Particles with Evan Minto of Ani-Gamers / EarthBound Beginnings and Dragon Quest with Signum
Cross-pollination and housekeeping here at the break at the end of the year, stirring up dust and sending out links to past broadcasts:  First, here's the link to a recent conversation with Evan Minto on Season 3 Episode 3 of His Dark Materials, The Intention Craft.  Then, listen on for one of my semi-monthly discussions from the Middle-earth to EarthBound series on Signum Academy, an introduction to classic JRPGs like  Dragon Quest and MOTHER/EarthBound in the light of Tolkien's influence on storytelling.  There's more bookwarm games and gamecool books to come in the new year, starting with a new Video Game Studies module in SPACE. Happy holidays, and thanks for listening! 
37:19
December 28, 2022
Conflicting Pirate Agendas: Assassin's Creed 4
Conflicting Pirate Agendas: Assassin's Creed 4
Professor Kozlowski spins us a yarn of the high seas. Pirate opportunism, whale physics, development metafiction, and a polyphony of voices and moral gray areas--it's a good game, but is it actually an Assassin's Creed? Well, yeah. It says so on the box. 
01:34:40
December 22, 2022
The Menu Requires a Loading Screen: Assassin's Creed 3
The Menu Requires a Loading Screen: Assassin's Creed 3
Along for the ride as Professor Kozlowski weaves together the 2012 PS3 game's disparate threads better than the Ubisoft team does: Patriots and Loyalists; colonizers and oppressed; East coast cities and homesteads; first hour fake-outs and begrudging good riddance to the Desmond stuff. But hey, the naval battles are pretty cool. See also: The Year Project Moon Took Over Ben's Life and Fahrenheit 451
01:34:47
November 04, 2022
You Buy Rome: AC Brotherhood & Revelations
You Buy Rome: AC Brotherhood & Revelations
No, not Animal Crossing, and not alternating current. It's Assassin's Creed 2's half-baked follow-up games, and Prof Ben has thoughts about them.  Join the discussion at videogameacademia.org and professorkozlowski.wordpress.com/ Thanks for listening. 
01:34:27
September 30, 2022
Drop the Loot: Assassin's Creed 2
Drop the Loot: Assassin's Creed 2
Professor Kozlowski returns. Our resident guest lecturer is back with a discussion of Assassin's Creed's splashy sequel, and... it's complicated. After the let-down that was their Prince of Persia reboot, the developers had to go big. So Renaissance Italy, andiamo~! More variety! More da Vinci! More weapons! But. It's kinda. Not as fun.  Join the discussion at videogameacademia.org and professorkozlowski.wordpress.com/ Thanks for listening.
01:35:50
September 02, 2022
Lamb Dad, Lion Dad: Introducing The Thoughtful Dad Podcast
Lamb Dad, Lion Dad: Introducing The Thoughtful Dad Podcast
Another guest lecture, after a fashion. Joe and I started a new series on being a dad. Share it with a dad or thoughtful caretaker in your life!  Show notes: First episode! We share thoughts on news sources, TV at dinnertime and screen time in general; the "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua interview on Honestly with Bari Weiss and what sorts of dads we are; backyard baptisms and letting the kids help build things. Intro/outro: Wesley and William playing 'Undertale' Share determination and send us questions: thoughtfuldadpodcast at gmail. Thanks for listening.
57:34
September 02, 2022
Surprise! It's a Lecture: Assassin's Creed Retrospective
Surprise! It's a Lecture: Assassin's Creed Retrospective
Professor Kozlowski lays it down. Everything is permitted? We see your forthcoming book, Cameron Kunzelman of the Game Studies Study Buddies, and raise you one podcast (this one) and one article replete with Dostoevsky references (also forthcoming).  Ante up with Ben's history and dev history; getting to know the open world; crowds in-game and reception in real life; historical realism; Zero Punctuation critiques; conspiracy nonsense (spoilers: maybe we should think twice about giving a Piece of Eden to Al Mualim) and actual philosophy. Assassins vs Templars? Meh. Exploring the tensions between ideas of freedom and order throughout history? Sign us up!  Wait, the rest of the series is actually going to deliver on that, right? Right?? Learn more and join the discussion at videogameacademia.org and professorkozlowski.wordpress.com/  Thanks for listening. 
01:38:11
August 19, 2022
Geez, you're persistent - Ch 8: All Things... MOTHER 3 (8/8)
Geez, you're persistent - Ch 8: All Things... MOTHER 3 (8/8)
Mild spoilers and theorizing for the end of MOTHER 3. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
01:34:50
July 26, 2022
I Make Sparkly: Ch 7 The Seven Needles (cont.) - MOTHER 3 (7/8)
I Make Sparkly: Ch 7 The Seven Needles (cont.) - MOTHER 3 (7/8)
You've come a long way...through snowy mountains and volcanoes, sea-beds and islands, back to Saturn Valley. Time for a coffee break. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening. 
01:18:47
July 17, 2022
Ch 6: Sunflower Fields & Ch 7: The [First Four] Needles - MOTHER 3 (6/8)
Ch 6: Sunflower Fields & Ch 7: The [First Four] Needles - MOTHER 3 (6/8)
On the symbolism of sunflowers and the inclusion of references to EarthBound. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
54:43
July 12, 2022
Forlorn Junk Heap: Ch 5 Tower of Thunder - MOTHER 3 (5/8)
Forlorn Junk Heap: Ch 5 Tower of Thunder - MOTHER 3 (5/8)
Theoretical possibilities in the series include beating Belch without Fly Honey and the Pork Trooper without the DCMC Pamphlet, but why would you? Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
01:02:21
July 04, 2022
Trust in Destiny: Ch 4 Club Titiboo - MOTHER 3 (4/8)
Trust in Destiny: Ch 4 Club Titiboo - MOTHER 3 (4/8)
We finally play as Lucas again, finding fireworks and rhythms in gift boxes and playing Stone-Sheet-Clippers for the fate of the world. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
54:57
June 26, 2022
In this psychic dojo: Psychonauts - Intro/Basic Braining
In this psychic dojo: Psychonauts - Intro/Basic Braining
We cozy up to the campfire for another Video Game Academy summer playthrough--another game about kids with psychic powers:  Psychonauts. This time, we're meeting some characters, running through battlefields of mental baggage and social dynamics, and sticking the landing on some bouncy tightropes. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
01:01:14
June 25, 2022
If I say dance, you dance! Ch 3: The Mysterious Peddler - MOTHER 3 (3/8)
If I say dance, you dance! Ch 3: The Mysterious Peddler - MOTHER 3 (3/8)
In which we discuss Fassad and Salsa's relationship and how it is even worse than Wess and Duster's; with yet more insight into Itoi's fascination with monkeys. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
41:22
June 20, 2022
My humble little [favorite food] patch: Ch 2 Thief Adventure - MOTHER 3 (2/8)
My humble little [favorite food] patch: Ch 2 Thief Adventure - MOTHER 3 (2/8)
Infiltrating the castle? Meeting the princess? What kind of follow-up to EarthBound is this? Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
47:45
June 12, 2022
 Rougher! Tougher! Badder! Prologue and Ch 1 - MOTHER 3 (pt 1 of 8)
Rougher! Tougher! Badder! Prologue and Ch 1 - MOTHER 3 (pt 1 of 8)
In the long-awaited sequel to EarthBound, as localized by Tomato et al., we parse some shocking developments and developer choices. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
01:10:23
June 05, 2022
Powers worthy of a lowly insect: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (8/8)
Powers worthy of a lowly insect: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (8/8)
Teddy in Ellay through Mt Itoi; EVE in her lake, Queen Mary in her memory, and the ending. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
01:03:46
May 29, 2022
What is Itoi's fascination with monkeys? MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (7/8)
What is Itoi's fascination with monkeys? MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (7/8)
Through the desert to Youngtown; through the swamp to Ellay. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
43:40
May 29, 2022
All work and no play: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (6/8)
All work and no play: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (6/8)
Spookane and the dentures side quest, with a digression on Nathan for You - Gas Station Rebate. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
38:21
May 29, 2022
Have you seen the woman with a big belly? MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (5/8)
Have you seen the woman with a big belly? MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (5/8)
Riding the train through Reindeer to Ana in Snowman. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
31:42
May 29, 2022
The Custodial Arts: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (4/8)
The Custodial Arts: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (4/8)
Lloyd's school and the factories, with a digression on music (Twinkle Elementary and the File Select remix by Ace Waters). Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
47:32
May 28, 2022
Are you a forgotten man, too? MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (3/8)
Are you a forgotten man, too? MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (3/8)
Magicant. Apologies for the lost bit of intro on this one. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
39:34
May 28, 2022
Starman Zookeeper: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (2/8)
Starman Zookeeper: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (2/8)
At the Zoo, via Canary Village. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening.
35:26
May 28, 2022
Itoi's Rural America: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (pt 1 of 8)
Itoi's Rural America: MOTHER / EarthBound Beginnings (pt 1 of 8)
From the opening through Podunk and the graveyard. Audio clips from the soundtrack as preserved at starmen.net; discussion audio hosted by 3rdStrongest. Join the conversation at our humble Video Game Academy. Thanks for listening. 
35:54
May 21, 2022
Gamecool 78: Her own key to the garden
Gamecool 78: Her own key to the garden
On Ch 38 The Botanic Garden and the Acknowledgments at the end of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. Course page for the full list of episodes and suggested reading. Thanks for listening.  
37:40
December 28, 2021
Final Fantasy VI and VII Comparison
Final Fantasy VI and VII Comparison
Alex Schmid and I revisit the golden age of the JRPG, with a nod to our oft-collaborating younger selves. https://videogameacademia.org/  
01:00:01
December 26, 2021
Reekwind and Side Quests - Planescape: Torment pt 4
Reekwind and Side Quests - Planescape: Torment pt 4
Lost audio from the fall. Apologies, all, for the lateness! Video Game Academy is not dead, we've just been on hiatus what with school and everything. https://videogameacademia.org/ 
49:60
December 26, 2021
The Smoldering Corpse (Planescape: Torment 3)
The Smoldering Corpse (Planescape: Torment 3)
We kick back with Ebb Creakknees and stack our coppers, saving up for a new tattoo from Fell. You know, the only one of the Lady's servants who when he walks, like Shakespeare's dark lady of Sonnet 130, treads on the ground. https://videogameacademia.org/ Music from the OST. 
59:07
September 12, 2021
You're my wiki tabs - Stardew Valley
You're my wiki tabs - Stardew Valley
We gather down at the Video Game Academy farm for a round-picnic-table discussion of the phenomenal Stardew Valley. For more, see the full almanac over at http://videogameacademia.org/ Music from the OST
51:01
September 06, 2021
Into the Hive - Planescape: Torment 2
Into the Hive - Planescape: Torment 2
We get acquainted with Sigil, meet some friendly denizens and fellow wanderers, and consider some of the factions vying for our services. http://videogameacademia.org/courses/planescape-torment/ Music from the OST
54:40
September 04, 2021
Planes, drains, and ominous spiels - Planescape: Torment (pt 1)
Planes, drains, and ominous spiels - Planescape: Torment (pt 1)
What makes us think this life is real? Well, we spot Bob the skull--I mean Morte--, Willem Dafoe--er, The Nameless One--, and, on the heels of Deionarra the ghost, Corey! And Mike joins us to provide some lore on the background for the OG Planescape: Torment, including World of Darkness and the Outer Planes of D&D. Dusties, zombies, etc. look out! https://videogameacademia.org/courses/planescape-torment/ 
01:17:54
August 28, 2021
Gamecool 77: The Word Alone
Gamecool 77: The Word Alone
Discussing ch 36-37 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/gamecool-books-amber-spyglass.html 
01:07:21
August 25, 2021
It's Cuckoo Clock over Don Quixote, 2 to 1
It's Cuckoo Clock over Don Quixote, 2 to 1
Esteemed listeners, big news. Website tidyings-up and new mascots are on the way. Plus, by popular demand, t-shirt giveaways? https://videogameacademia.org/ 
58:21
August 21, 2021
Back to Video Game Academy
Back to Video Game Academy
It's the Sunday afternoon of the year, and we're setting up plans for the coming semesters. That means a little Planescape: Torment, a smidgeon of Shadowrun: Dragonfall, and maybe some Undertale and Stardew Valley. Help us with our follow-through? We'd love to hear from you. https://videogameacademia.org/2021/08/15/the-sunday-afternoon-of-the-year/
55:11
August 15, 2021
Gamecool 76: The Cause of It All
Gamecool 76: The Cause of It All
Discussing ch 34-35 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. Course page https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/gamecool-books-amber-spyglass.html Music comes from Hilary James and Simon Mayer, "Over the Hills and Far Away"
44:47
August 08, 2021
Gamecool 75: A Taste--A Memory--A Landslide
Gamecool 75: A Taste--A Memory--A Landslide
Discussing ch 32-33 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/gamecool-books-amber-spyglass.html 
58:16
August 01, 2021
The Hell's Kitchen Sink (Deus Ex 3)
The Hell's Kitchen Sink (Deus Ex 3)
We throw it back to Shakespeare and Chesterton, eschewing the Holy Smokes and helping the Smuggler's friend make it back to the surface. https://videogameacademia.org/courses/deus-ex/ Music from the OST. 
58:07
July 30, 2021
Gamecool 74: A Melancholy Light
Gamecool 74: A Melancholy Light
Discussing ch 30-31 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, with a glance towards his novel Galatea. http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/gamecool-books-amber-spyglass.html 
55:20
July 24, 2021
Are you sure you pressed the right button? (Deus Ex: Revision 2 of ??)
Are you sure you pressed the right button? (Deus Ex: Revision 2 of ??)
We wanted orange and it gave us lemon-lime. It's a conspiracy! Discussing the UNATCO HQ and its bizarro alter ego in Battery Park. Videos of Prof Ben's gameplay and more course materials: https://videogameacademia.org/courses/deus-ex/ Music from the OST. 
01:06:51
July 23, 2021
A bunch of pretentious old men playing at running the world (Deus Ex pt 1)
A bunch of pretentious old men playing at running the world (Deus Ex pt 1)
The dreaded stealth training sequence, famed first mission, and general milieu of Deus Ex: Revision. Midway through Liberty Island, Steve's neighbor must have hacked us (that is, I forgot to refresh the recording tab) so we lost a few minutes there of Prof Ben laying out what's at stake in the interlocking character creation/progression and moral choice systems and the headless Statue of Liberty. Still, not bad for a first foray into the FPS CRPG darkness. More course info and twitch streams coming soon at https://videogameacademia.org/courses/deus-ex/ Music from the OST. 
01:01:09
July 17, 2021
Gamecool 73: You meant the very opposite
Gamecool 73: You meant the very opposite
On ch 28-29 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, with apologies for the delay and recommendations for further listening:  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2021/07/signum-academy-discussions-on-pullman.html  There's short discussions of Pullman's Fairy Tales from The Brothers Grimm, Clockwork, The Scarecrow and his Servant, and The Firework-Maker's Daughter
47:13
July 16, 2021
The Sadness of Plagiarism, the Joys of Deus Ex
The Sadness of Plagiarism, the Joys of Deus Ex
Welcome back, it's summer again and we have much to discuss. If you'd like to get honest feedback on original work, read books with us, or suggest a future game, visit https://videogameacademia.org/  Another look at RPG history from Gamemaker's Toolkit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJiwn8iXqOI  
01:13:53
July 09, 2021
Human Sheepification Project (World's End Club 4 of 4)
Human Sheepification Project (World's End Club 4 of 4)
Time for the final showdown with the evil AI du jour. Three personalities and nanomachines galore MAIK may have, but with feelings and friendship we can prevail--feelings like disappointment, annoyance, regret... but also relief at World's End Club being over. Music from the OST. Visit us at https://videogameacademia.org/ 
55:31
July 05, 2021
Video Game Academy: Camping (World's End Club 3 of 4)
Video Game Academy: Camping (World's End Club 3 of 4)
We come up to the mid-game twists and turns and stop just shy of the obligatory bad end. Apologies for the delay posting this episode, but camping last week was a lot of fun. Provided the rolling blackouts here in Spokane hold off another day or two, we'll be back on schedule. Visit us at https://videogameacademia.org/ for more. Music from the OST. Edit: The Ezra Klein interview mentioned is with Brian Christian. 
58:50
July 01, 2021
Video Game Academy: Ganbari Go-getters (World's End Club 2 of 4)
Video Game Academy: Ganbari Go-getters (World's End Club 2 of 4)
We discuss the long-lost EarthBound script files recovered and analyzed by The Video Game History Foundation: https://gamehistory.org/earthbound-script-files/. Then, as we make our way to Osaka in World's End Club, there's a twist you may or may not have seen coming a mile away. https://videogameacademia.org/ 
57:44
June 13, 2021
Video Game Academy: World's End Club Round 1 (of 4)
Video Game Academy: World's End Club Round 1 (of 4)
We chat summer plans and run through the first hour or so of World's End Club. Music from the OST. For more on visual novels: https://videogameacademia.org/courses/video-game-studies/intro-to-visual-novels/ 
58:04
June 06, 2021
My list of things to analyze later (NieR: Automata 12/12)
My list of things to analyze later (NieR: Automata 12/12)
Here we are at the end(s) of NieR: Automata. If it's a bit too abstract to understand at this time, if it feels like carrying the weight of the world, we're here for you. The Video Game Academy: we get that being alive is pretty much a constant stream of embarrassment. Music comes from the OST. https://videogameacademia.org/ 
56:06
May 15, 2021
It reads "soul box" (NieR: Automata 11)
It reads "soul box" (NieR: Automata 11)
We discuss the meat box and soul box, sand worms and cannibal machines; or in other words, the mind-body problem, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Pascal. For more un-compressed conversation, see https://videogameacademia.org/ or tune into https://www.twitch.tv/3rdstrongest Music comes from the OST. Thanks for listening. 
51:17
May 02, 2021
The Light of Hope (NieR: Automata 10)
The Light of Hope (NieR: Automata 10)
Could it be we're at the start of yet a third game? It's hard to tell with all that static and visual distortion, but we're soldiering on. The Operator says we're doing great. For more, check out our twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/3rdstrongest and read more from the grimoires housed at https://videogameacademia.org/ Music comes from the OST. Thanks for listening, and let us know what we should play next!
01:01:01
April 29, 2021
Corruption Potential Critical (NieR: Automata 9S)
Corruption Potential Critical (NieR: Automata 9S)
Content warning: we discuss the possible meaning of the four-letter word uttered by Adam in asterisks. On the hologram forms glimpsed towards the end of the second game, however, we maintain (mostly) a dignified silence. Music comes from the OST. Join us on Tuesdays at https://www.twitch.tv/3rdstrongest For more on this course and others see http://videogameacademia.org/ Thanks for listening
01:08:17
April 20, 2021
Such Intense Curiosity (NieR: Automata 8.22474487139…)
Such Intense Curiosity (NieR: Automata 8.22474487139…)
Like the head of Emil bounding away through the abandoned shopping mall, we've punted the remainder of Nine S' story into next week. This gives us a chance to cast an eye over the pop-cultural landscape and generally catch up. Music comes from the OST. Join us on Tuesdays at https://www.twitch.tv/3rdstrongest  For more on this course and others see http://videogameacademia.org/  Thanks for listening
01:19:04
April 11, 2021
But why are we eating this plant matter? (NieR: Automata 8)
But why are we eating this plant matter? (NieR: Automata 8)
We cover the first half or so of the game once more with some assists from 9S. Music comes from the hacking sequence. Our data suggests that mankind gained great intelligence from consuming fruit. For more insights, see https://videogameacademia.org/
01:05:55
April 06, 2021
Dostoevsky and Spring Break
Dostoevsky and Spring Break
We start our Video Game Academy spring read: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Along those lines, we share some of the ideas that have been possessing us lately, mainly to do with health and wealth, and reflect on the games we've been playing aside from NieR: Automata. Visit videogameacademia.org for more about the reading group and the vanishingly rare GameCube title Lost Kingdoms, FromSoftware's little known precursor to their Souls series. 
01:09:31
April 02, 2021
The Core of Humanity (NieR: Automata 7)
The Core of Humanity (NieR: Automata 7)
We investigate scientist-Adam and sympathize with mecha-dragon-Eve, drop in on the torchlit factory for a revival meeting, and reach the first main ending of NieR: Automata. Visit videogameacademia.org for more on this course and others. Thanks for listening! (Music from the OST)
01:24:54
March 25, 2021
A Concept Like Loyalty (NieR: Automata 6)
A Concept Like Loyalty (NieR: Automata 6)
We cross swords with a renegade android, disturb the Forest Kingdom, and launch missiles at the ancient super-goliath out at sea. Visit videogameacademia.org for more on this course and others. Thanks for listening! (Music from the OST)
01:17:24
March 11, 2021
Video Game Academ-ay Ay Ay! - AI: The Somnium Files
Video Game Academ-ay Ay Ay! - AI: The Somnium Files
We introduce an occasional new format this time, Burns and Apologies, with the Professor roasting the puntastic 2019 Spike Chunsoft visual novel while 3rdStrongest defends it. After the back-and-forth, we mend fences with a little curricular development and discuss the options for learning programming through games, along with some memorable teaching technologies of the past. Music comes from AI: The Somnium Files OST. Reminisce and dialogue with us at https://videogameacademia.org/ 
01:26:52
March 03, 2021
Where does the wind blow from? (NieR: Automata 5/20)
Where does the wind blow from? (NieR: Automata 5/20)
We frolic after sisters, stamps, chips, and fangirls on a few side-quests and swoop in to save the city. Then, way underground, we make a discovery about the aliens and their offspring. But wait, you gotta tell us, how do you make children? These are the deep questions we like to ask at the Video Game Academy. Music comes from the OST, audio hiccups from the internet. Thanks for listening. 
01:01:15
February 24, 2021
Must...become...more...beautiful (NieR: Automata 4/20)
Must...become...more...beautiful (NieR: Automata 4/20)
We're off to the amusement park beyond the sewers, then the machine village beyond that. Humans sure are strange creatures... Hey, listener, people who know us well usually call us "Video Game Academy -s," so... Music this time comes from the OST. Thanks for listening. 
01:04:21
February 19, 2021
This Cannot Continue (NieR: Automata 3/20)
This Cannot Continue (NieR: Automata 3/20)
After a short review of Cybertext, by Espen Aarseth, we traverse the desert and discover the apartment-dwellers' secret. That secret proceeds to kick us in the face. Join the discussion, watch the playthrough, or find a torn book or two, plus other crafting/reading material, at videogameacademia.org. Music this time comes from the OST. Thanks for listening. 
01:11:36
February 10, 2021
Video Game Academy - None of the machines in this area are hostile (NieR: Automata 2/20)
Video Game Academy - None of the machines in this area are hostile (NieR: Automata 2/20)
We explore the spaceship Bunker, then touch down quite a ways from the Resistance Camp and run through the city ruins. Join the discussion, watch the playthrough, or find a torn book or two, plus other crafting material, at videogameacademia.org. Music this time comes from the OST. Thanks for listening. 
01:02:28
February 04, 2021
Video Game Academy - Emotions are Prohibited (NieR: Automata 1 of 20)
Video Game Academy - Emotions are Prohibited (NieR: Automata 1 of 20)
We discuss the opening sequence of NieR: Automata and eye some of the game's paradoxes. Additional audio this time comes from the first boss battle, taken from a video embedded in Jennifer Smith's medium article "A Beautiful Song - The Adaptive Music of NieR: Automata."  Join the discussion, watch the playthrough, or find a torn book or two, plus other crafting material, at videogameacademia.org. Thanks for listening. 
51:26
January 27, 2021
Gamecool 72: No Elsewhere
Gamecool 72: No Elsewhere
From the abyss to the platform: on ch 26-27 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. 
31:19
January 27, 2021
Video Game Academy: Majora's Mask, by Gabe Durham
Video Game Academy: Majora's Mask, by Gabe Durham
Steve, Wes, Quorey, and Ben (asynchronously, but thank goodness for time travel) respond to the new Majora's Mask title from Boss Fight Books.  Music clipped from the Keaton Quiz.  We invite you to join us for future discussions. 
01:10:41
January 20, 2021
Video Game Academy: Visual Novels
Video Game Academy: Visual Novels
Steve takes the lead opening our investigation of the visual novel form. See the course page for more resources.  We invite you to join us for future discussions.  Music this time comes from two productions of Maeterlinck's Blue Bird, the first a clip of incidental music from the 1909 Theatre Royal run (performed by Fiona Cox and recorded in 2006), the second from a 1980 anime. 
58:38
January 14, 2021
Gamecool 71: A Supurb Piece of Acting
Gamecool 71: A Supurb Piece of Acting
On ch 24-25 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman.  Please see the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
48:18
January 13, 2021
Video Game Academy: Yells at Kids in Yard (Year in Review)
Video Game Academy: Yells at Kids in Yard (Year in Review)
Ben, Steve, and I bid farewell to a perfidious year and discuss what we've been playing to help us make it through.  We invite you to join us for future discussions.  EarthBound music comes courtesy of the trove at starmen.net. 
01:12:04
January 06, 2021
Gamecool 70: In memoriam - Millicent Lenz, Antonia Syson, William Gray
Gamecool 70: In memoriam - Millicent Lenz, Antonia Syson, William Gray
Remembering the lives and work of Millicent Lenz, Antonia Syson,  and William Gray.  Please see the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
21:30
January 05, 2021
Gamecool 69: To Tell About the World She Knew
Gamecool 69: To Tell About the World She Knew
On ch 22-23 of Pullman's The Amber Spyglass. See the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
43:36
December 22, 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Sarah and Steph, The Video Game Academy's resident AC experts, are here to discuss the unfolding phenomenon. We invite you to join us for future discussions, wishing you happy holidays!
58:12
December 14, 2020
Beneath the Surface (The Hex 7/7)
Beneath the Surface (The Hex 7/7)
We delve once more into the strange afterlife of The Hex, seeking some unifying understanding among its multiple mysteries, and are punished for our hubris. Forgive us.
19:14
December 14, 2020
Lionel Wants This (The Hex 6/7)
Lionel Wants This (The Hex 6/7)
On Walk, Lionel's magnum opus, and its references to each of the previous game segments in The Hex. See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions.
01:19:16
November 22, 2020
Artifact Heist (The Hex 5/7)
Artifact Heist (The Hex 5/7)
Apologies for the audio gaps on this one. At about the ten minute mark, Craigbot, our discord recording device, decided to go for a walk. Maybe he had a date on the dating simulator. All that gets lost there is a bit of summarizing: how we get from the bar, via the backroom armory and Vicious Galaxy, to the Gameworks HQ. Fortunately, Ben came through with the backup audio from that point. See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions.
01:24:05
November 12, 2020
Hologram Concierge (The Hex 4/7)
Hologram Concierge (The Hex 4/7)
Ben, Steve, and I tactically survive our way through the mods and hallucinations of Wasteworld. See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions. It's gonna get weird. 
01:10:41
November 01, 2020
A Gift Kraken (The Hex 3 of 7)
A Gift Kraken (The Hex 3 of 7)
We glitch our way through Secrets of Legendaria with the apparently un-renameable Chandrelle and her sidekick, Lazarus. Lots more interesting names, references, and study topics await on the course page, and you can also join us for future discussions. 
01:07:31
October 18, 2020
Hot Strawberry Pie (The Hex 2 of 7)
Hot Strawberry Pie (The Hex 2 of 7)
Ben and I follow the barkeep's orders and fight our way through the memories of Bryce the cook. See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions.
51:23
October 10, 2020
In a Forgotten Corner of the Video Game Universe (The Hex, part 1 of 7)
In a Forgotten Corner of the Video Game Universe (The Hex, part 1 of 7)
Ben, Steven, and Craigbot join me for our introductory discussion of The Hex. This is Daniel Mullins' follow-up to Pony Island, and it's equally if not more bizarre. So we start with some leftovers and secrets and connections there, before getting into the murder-mystery frame and the Super Weasel Kid memory sequence. See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions. 
57:41
October 05, 2020
Video Game Academy: Run With the Speed of a Thousand (Pony Island 3 of 3)
Video Game Academy: Run With the Speed of a Thousand (Pony Island 3 of 3)
Ben and I outfox a daemon, escape the arcade, and maybe beat the game...?  See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions. Up next: The Hex. 
01:02:54
September 25, 2020
Video Game Academy: Passwords (Pony Island 2 of 3)
Video Game Academy: Passwords (Pony Island 2 of 3)
Ben and I hack ourselves some wings and revisit Baphomet for another glimpse in Pony Island's Adventure Mode.  See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions. 
30:23
September 25, 2020
Video Game Academy: Fix Start Menu (Pony Island 1 of 3)
Video Game Academy: Fix Start Menu (Pony Island 1 of 3)
Ben and I launch into a new semester at the Video Game Academy focusing on the work of Daniel Mullins, starting with Pony Island.  See the course page for more info and join us for future discussions.  
42:36
September 25, 2020
Gamecool 68: Not a Rule You Can Break
Gamecool 68: Not a Rule You Can Break
On ch 20-21 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. See the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
50:53
September 18, 2020
Gamecool 67: Did You See Any Death?
Gamecool 67: Did You See Any Death?
On ch 18-19 of Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass. See the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
54:29
September 18, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (20/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (20/20)
Ben and I scale Kefka's Tower and take on the final boss before addressing the end credits. Thanks for listening! Join the conversation at https://www.patreon.com/videogameacademia 
01:13:08
September 06, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (19/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (19/20)
Ben and I discuss the Ancient Castle and the Cultists' Tower
31:52
September 06, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (18/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (18/20)
Ben and I unlock Gau's makeover, rescue Relm from her possessed painting, and set Locke free from his past
48:24
September 06, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (17/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (17/20)
Ben and I interpret Cyan's Dream
42:34
September 06, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (16/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (16/20)
Ben and I find Gogo, Terra, and the Dirt Dragon
39:23
September 06, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (15/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (15/20)
Ben and I follow the birds to Cyan on Mt Zozo, meet Gau and Shadow in the Cave on the Veldt, and scoop up Mog and Umaro in Narshe
41:44
September 06, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (14/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (14/20)
Ben and I bring Setzer through Daryl's Tomb to the resurrected airship, the Falcon
36:39
September 05, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (13/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (13/20)
Ben and I recover Sabin and Edgar in the World of Ruin, but Terra remains apart
39:59
September 05, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (12/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (12/20)
Ben and I take on the Floating Continent and accompany Celes over the cliff and upon the raft
42:17
September 05, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (11/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (11/20)
Ben and I decipher the statues of the Statues and mourn General Leo
39:51
September 05, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (10/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (10/20)
Ben and I parley with the Empire and sail to Thamasa, helping Strago save Relm from the burning house--and being saved by Shadow
37:28
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (9/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (9/20)
Ben and I double back for Mog, then dungeon-crawl to the threshold of the Espers and sealing of the gate
43:08
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (8/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (8/20)
Ben (and William) and I discuss the World of the Espers and the first round of airship exploration
45:06
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (7/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (7/20)
Ben and I infiltrate Vector and the Magitek Research Facility
48:41
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (6/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (6/20)
Ben and I discuss the Opera sequence
50:35
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (5/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (5/20)
Ben and I make our way through Kohlingen, Jidoor, and Zozo after Terra, with flashbacks for Edgar, Sabin, and Locke. 
57:57
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (4/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (4/20)
Ben and I discuss Locke and Terra's quests, regrouping with Celes and the rest in Narshe to defend the Esper from Kefka.
40:54
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: FFVI (3/20)
Video Game Academy: FFVI (3/20)
Ben and I tackle Sabin's quest, meeting Cyan and Gau, and taking the Phantom Train. 
57:23
September 04, 2020
Video Game Academy: Final Fantasy VI (2/20)
Video Game Academy: Final Fantasy VI (2/20)
Ben and I discuss Final Fantasy VI, from Figaro Cave to the Returners Hideout. Join us at https://www.patreon.com/videogameacademia
50:15
September 03, 2020
Video Game Academy: Final Fantasy VI (1 of 20)
Video Game Academy: Final Fantasy VI (1 of 20)
Ben and I discuss the opening of Final Fantasy VI, up to the escape from (of?) Figaro Castle.  Join us at https://www.patreon.com/videogameacademia
53:12
September 03, 2020
Video Game Academy: Little Inferno (3 of 3)
Video Game Academy: Little Inferno (3 of 3)
Ben and I discuss the ending of Little Inferno.  Join us for more at https://www.patreon.com/videogameacademia
59:05
September 03, 2020
Video Game Academy: Little Inferno (2 of 3)
Video Game Academy: Little Inferno (2 of 3)
Ben and I discuss more Little Inferno, catalogs 3-5 and Sugar Plumps.  Get involved at https://www.patreon.com/videogameacademia
52:37
September 03, 2020
Video Game Academy: Little Inferno (1 of 3)
Video Game Academy: Little Inferno (1 of 3)
Ben and I discuss Little Inferno, from the opening through the second catalog.  Join us at https://www.patreon.com/videogameacademia 
46:14
September 03, 2020
Gamecool 66: Memory and Wakefulness
Gamecool 66: Memory and Wakefulness
on ch 16-17 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. See the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
01:01:44
August 28, 2020
Gamecool 65: Un-bearlike Deeds
Gamecool 65: Un-bearlike Deeds
On ch 14-15 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. See the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
59:31
August 25, 2020
Gamecool 64: Lyratic Resolution
Gamecool 64: Lyratic Resolution
On ch 12-13 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman. See the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
31:11
August 19, 2020
Gamecool 63: Conversation with Kris Swank
Gamecool 63: Conversation with Kris Swank
Touching on the immram journeys by water and the alchemical gardens and forges of The Book of Dust, Kris Swank, also of Signum U, graciously shares some of her theories with us! Read more at Mythlore: "The Child's Voyage and the Immram Tradition in Lewis, Tolkien, and Pullman" and beyond: John Granger on Alchemy in Harry Potter and an intro to Francois Beroalde  See the course page to learn more and ask questions. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
52:01
July 24, 2020
Bookwarm 61: Conversation with Jason on Xenogears and beyond
Bookwarm 61: Conversation with Jason on Xenogears and beyond
One last look at the classic JRPG and its relevance today, closing out this series of Bookwarm Games. Thanks again to Jason, media studies maestro and fellow reader. I'm hoping to be back soon with a third installment under the Bookwarm Games banner; see https://videogameacademia.wordpress.com/ for more studies of classic games meanwhile. 
01:13:31
July 07, 2020
Gamecool 62: Conversation with Kat Sas
Gamecool 62: Conversation with Kat Sas
Many thanks to independent scholar Kat Sas, who joins me to discuss JK Rowling and Philip Pullman in the context of the impression of depth lent to modern fantasy by JRR Tolkien. 
01:07:33
July 02, 2020
Gamecool 61: Imprinted
Gamecool 61: Imprinted
On ch 10-11 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/gamecool-books-amber-spyglass.html 
37:53
May 14, 2020
Gamecool 60: Too Strong a Weapon
Gamecool 60: Too Strong a Weapon
On ch 8-9 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman.  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/gamecool-books-amber-spyglass.html 
28:39
April 23, 2020
Gamecool 59: Look for the Tempter
Gamecool 59: Look for the Tempter
On ch 5-7 of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman
49:14
April 13, 2020
Bookwarm 60: Conversation with AC on Xenogears and Episodes I-VI
Bookwarm 60: Conversation with AC on Xenogears and Episodes I-VI
The author of the invaluable Xenogears and Xenosaga Study Guide, AC, and I talk once more about the mirroring of Xenosaga and the unfinished large-scale story sketched in Perfect Works. Here's hoping that he, and Takahashi, find time to complete their respective projects!  
01:07:54
April 08, 2020
Bookwarm 59: Conversation with Patrick Holleman
Bookwarm 59: Conversation with Patrick Holleman
Patrick Holleman, author of the Game Design Forum and Reverse Design book series, joins me for a discussion of game studies and Xenogears. See his rockin' collabs with Resonant Arc on Xenogears, Becoming Whole, and FFVII's Deeper Meaning. For a distillation of some of his research, check out the Game Design Extracts. 
01:24:01
April 03, 2020
Bookwarm 58: Run to the End of the World
Bookwarm 58: Run to the End of the World
On the end of Xenogears. And then...  Xenogears OST  Creid arranged album  20th Anniversary Concert 
40:09
March 28, 2020
Bookwarm 57: 'The Ultimate Work of Art'
Bookwarm 57: 'The Ultimate Work of Art'
On Xenogears final gameplay chapter, First and Last, where I sat (figuratively) for twenty years playing cards, slaying dragons, looking at Christmas trees, and crafting Mermaid Rings, before finally beating the game a few weeks ago in preparation for this podcast :)
38:13
March 23, 2020
Bookwarm 56: The Wave Existence
Bookwarm 56: The Wave Existence
On Xenogears (the gear), Lacan's bid to 'Live!' and other late-game transformations
44:44
March 21, 2020
Bookwarm 55: A Woman's Prerogative
Bookwarm 55: A Woman's Prerogative
On sex and crucifixion in Xenogears
31:45
March 19, 2020
Bookwarm 54: Conversation with Chris and Eric of Retrograde Amnesia
Bookwarm 54: Conversation with Chris and Eric of Retrograde Amnesia
The hosts of the brilliant Retrograde Amnesia podcast join me to share some of the highlights of their chapter-by-chapter inspection of Xenogears. We ponder the cast from Citan to Big Joe, muse upon influences from gnosticism to anime--and our discussion here only hints at the super muchacho information to be found in their own comprehensive offerings on patreon. Thanks again, amigos!  We refer to The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels, and to The Great Mother, by Erich Neumann. For more notes and recommended reading, see the Bookwarm course page. 
01:22:10
February 22, 2020
Bookwarm 53: That Very Warmth
Bookwarm 53: That Very Warmth
On Xenogears' Anima Relics and the counterparts coming together here: the Elements, Ramsus, Hammer, and Cain 
33:58
February 22, 2020
Bookwarm 52: Both Truth and Fiction
Bookwarm 52: Both Truth and Fiction
Overview and tentative vindication of Xenogears' opening chapters of disc 2 
33:50
February 22, 2020
Gamecool 58: Conversation with Leanna on BBC/HBO His Dark Materials
Gamecool 58: Conversation with Leanna on BBC/HBO His Dark Materials
Leanna, aka Musical33, mod on the HDM Fandom Wiki, joins me once again, this time for a joyous discussion of season one of the new series. Spoilers abound!  https://hisdarkmaterials.fandom.com/f 
58:41
February 19, 2020
Gamecool 57: The Only Good Thing
Gamecool 57: The Only Good Thing
On ch 3 Scavengers and ch 4 Ama and the Bats, of The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman  with "The Knight's Tomb," by Coleridge and "She lay as if at play," by Dickinson  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2020/02/gamecool-books-amber-spyglass.html 
25:16
February 19, 2020
Gamecool 56: A Novel Answer
Gamecool 56: A Novel Answer
The Gamecool Books podcast turns to The Amber Spyglass, the concluding volume in His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. Long-form discussions of the intertextual goodness branching out from the book in all directions, and of the depiction of consciousness at its heart, will be posted on a weekly-or-so basis, along with conversations with other fans and scholars. This page will also be updated with recommended additional reading to accompany our deep dive into Pullman's work. I welcome any questions or comments. Enjoy!  This episode covers Ch 1 The Enchanted Sleeper and Ch 2 Balthamos and Baruch.  Recommended Reading:  Blake, America A Prophecy  Rilke, The Third Elegy  Ashbery, The Ecclesiast  Blake, The Little Girl Lost  Job 4  "The Man Who Walked with God: Philip Pullman's Metatron, the Biblical Enoch, and the Apocrypha," John Haydn Baker. In Critical Perspectives on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Barfield and Cox ed. 
34:18
February 14, 2020
Bookwarm 51: Conversation with Moses Norton, The Well-Red Mage, on Theology and Games
Bookwarm 51: Conversation with Moses Norton, The Well-Red Mage, on Theology and Games
In which we range over the contexts for game- and god-talk, with genial insights from my guest Moses Norton and some great audience input--many thanks to the Well-Red Mage for hosting my writing, cross-releasing this episode (with augmented audio) on his podcast, and letting me host him on this show! https://thewellredmage.com/ and see his Chrono Trigger dissertation 
01:40:15
February 07, 2020
Gamecool 55: Exploring The Secret Commonwealth, with Gabriel Schenk
Gamecool 55: Exploring The Secret Commonwealth, with Gabriel Schenk
Gabriel joins me to discuss the massive, rich, and challenging new book, The Secret Commonwealth, the second volume of Philip Pullman's Book of Dust.  After this interlude, I'll be picking up with The Amber Spyglass shortly!  Thanks for listening.   https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/gamecool-books-subtle-knife-by-philip.html  
01:19:33
January 30, 2020
Bookwarm 50: The Best Way to Calm the Heart
Bookwarm 50: The Best Way to Calm the Heart
On Solaris, where we're head over heels, and on to the end of Disc 1 of Xenogears. If anyone knows what Citan's sword is saying with his elemental attacks, please teach me that sophistry or poetry or whatever it might be!  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html 
41:01
January 24, 2020
Gamecool 54: The Night is Full of Angels
Gamecool 54: The Night is Full of Angels
On ch 15: Bloodmoss, concluding The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. With reference to The Journey of the Magi, by TS Eliot, and to the wrestling passage in Gen 32:24 more: https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/gamecool-books-subtle-knife-by-philip.html 
37:03
January 12, 2020
Gamecool 53: A Question of Balance
Gamecool 53: A Question of Balance
On ch 14: Alamo Gulch, in The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman
38:54
December 22, 2019
Bookwarm 49: Really Truly?
Bookwarm 49: Really Truly?
On Xenogears' destroy the gate generator missions: the omnigear in the Mausoleum, the Republic of Aveh, tag-team battles on Babel Tower and Ft. Jasper, and Emeralda in Sargasso  With thanks to the Retrograde Amnesia podcast for a kind shout-out, and to Karnegal at the Let's Play Archive
26:41
December 19, 2019
Gamecool 52: Conversation with Guillermo Lariguet
Gamecool 52: Conversation with Guillermo Lariguet
Opening a discussion with the Argentine scholar Guillermo Lariguet on the philosophical context for Pullman's trilogy. This conversation was recorded piecemeal and built up from transmissions from Guillermo via whatsapp, with my responses.  "A Brief Examination of the Literary Trilogy by Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials" essay (in Spanish) on academia.edu and Erasmus online review:  https://www.academia.edu/37331615/UN_BREVE_EXAMEN_FILOS%C3%93FICO_DE_LA_TRILOG%C3%8DA_LITERARIA_DE_PHILIP_PULLMAN_LA_MATERIA_OSCURA  https://www.icala.org.ar/erasmus/Archivo/2018/2018-1/erasmus-20-1-2018-00.pdf 
35:59
December 01, 2019
Gamecool 51: He hasn't got Æsahættr
Gamecool 51: He hasn't got Æsahættr
On Ch 13 Æsahættr, in The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman.  Word study: Fandom, wiktionary, Skaldic poetry; Waking of Angantyr; Icelandic dictionary And while you're looking that up, maybe you want to check out this band's Self-titled album
53:11
November 22, 2019
Gamecool 50: YOU NEED TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS
Gamecool 50: YOU NEED TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS
On ch 12: Screen Language, in Philip Pullman's The Subtle Knife On Everett and his Many Worlds: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hugh-everett-biography/ Augustine on Angels: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c1p5.htm
35:51
November 16, 2019
Gamecool 49: Conversation with Faith Acker
Gamecool 49: Conversation with Faith Acker
On The Subtle Knife and Philip Pullman's epic tendencies. Many thanks to Faith Acker, lecturer and preceptor at Signum University, for joining me! See more about her course, The Life and Times of the English Epic: https://signumuniversity.org/catalog/the-life-and-times-of-the-english-epic/  And our conversation celebrating the release of The Secret Commonwealth, with Kris Swank and Gabriel Schenk, as part of Signum's annual fundraising campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZV47M-0EZI 
47:46
October 31, 2019
Gamecool 48: Counting the Stones in the Wall
Gamecool 48: Counting the Stones in the Wall
On ch 11: The Belvedere, of The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman
29:49
October 22, 2019
Bookwarm 48: Under the Same Blue Sky
Bookwarm 48: Under the Same Blue Sky
On Xenogears' central chapters, from Zeboim to Shevat via Babel Tower, and what awaits you there
40:29
October 09, 2019
Gamecool 47: What I Know Is
Gamecool 47: What I Know Is
On ch 10: The Shaman, in Philip Pullman's The Subtle Knife
40:07
September 29, 2019
Bookwarm 47: Conversation with Jason on Xenogears as Simulacrum
Bookwarm 47: Conversation with Jason on Xenogears as Simulacrum
On the simulacra and ekphrases of Xenogears' first half or so, continuing where our first talk left off. 
01:05:22
September 16, 2019
Gamecool 46: Conversation with Gabriel Schenk on Pullman's Oxfords
Gamecool 46: Conversation with Gabriel Schenk on Pullman's Oxfords
We touch on C.S. Lewis' "On Stories," which Pullman cites approvingly more than once: https://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/lewiscs-onstories/lewiscs-onstories-00-h.html  Here's some information about the wall Gabriel mentioned, dividing rich and poor parts of Oxford: http://www.bbc.co.uk/oxford/content/articles/2009/03/26/cutteslowe_feature.shtml It's very close to the Hornbeam trees (Sunderland Avenue: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2368292) This is the cemetery described by Pullman in The Subtle Knife: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolvercote_Cemetery This is Gabriel's flash fiction piece, chosen as one of five competition winners by Philip Pullman: https://gabrielschenk.com/writing/home/ More information on the Jewish cemetery and the Botanical Gardens: https://www.oxfordjewishheritage.co.uk/projects/botanic-gardens-first-jewish-cemetery  More images from the books and the "How to Read the Alethiometer" promotional poster can be found on the HDM Fandom. 
01:00:52
August 31, 2019
Bookwarm 46: Terribly Lonely...and Familiar
Bookwarm 46: Terribly Lonely...and Familiar
On everything from Ramsus' underwater attack and help from Billy, the young priest, to the encounter with the green-haired girl in the ruins of Zeboim; Xenogears' theological arguments begin to take shape.  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html 
47:34
August 26, 2019
Gamecool 45: The Heart of Everything
Gamecool 45: The Heart of Everything
On ch 9: Theft, of The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman
28:30
August 19, 2019
Bookwarm 45: Conversation with AC on Xenogears' first half
Bookwarm 45: Conversation with AC on Xenogears' first half
Building on our first discussion, we explore more of the characters' and creators' motivations in this misunderstood masterpiece. AC runs the Xenogears and Xenosaga Study Guide page:  http://xenogearsxenosagastudyguide.blogspot.com/ 
56:11
August 19, 2019
Gamecool 44: The Knife is Yours By Right
Gamecool 44: The Knife is Yours By Right
On ch 8: The Tower of the Angels, in The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman
40:08
August 11, 2019
Bookwarm 44: Men have Courage! And have Appetites!
Bookwarm 44: Men have Courage! And have Appetites!
On Xenogears' chapters 23-28: Secret Weapon, Escape Ignas, Adrift at Sea, Men of the Sea, Friends Again, and Betrayal. Thanks for listening!
38:19
August 07, 2019
Gamecool 43: A Little Wiser
Gamecool 43: A Little Wiser
On Ch 7: The Rolls-Royce, in The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman, and with reference to The White Mercedes and The Collectors-- https://www.amazon.com/Collectors-Materials-Story-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B0138OGO72
41:29
July 27, 2019
Bookwarm 43: A Place to Belong
Bookwarm 43: A Place to Belong
On Xenogears Battling Champ, Gear Dock Raid, and Night Purge chapters.  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html
44:31
July 25, 2019
Gamecool 42: Conversation with Naomi Wood
Gamecool 42: Conversation with Naomi Wood
Author of numerous essays, book chapters, and reviews on Philip Pullman and his work, Dr Wood is Director of Undergraduate Studies for the English Department at Kansas State University, and co-editor of The Lion and The Unicorn, an academic journal focused on literature for children.   https://www.k-state.edu/english/people/wood.html   https://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/lion-and-unicorn 
51:57
July 19, 2019
Bookwarm 42: Kid...It's Good to Have Guts
Bookwarm 42: Kid...It's Good to Have Guts
Baptized into the Kislev prison, with some detective work in the sewers and on the heights, and battling in the arena.
56:04
July 16, 2019
Gamecool 41: A Blessing or a Curse
Gamecool 41: A Blessing or a Curse
On ch 6: Lighted Fliers, of The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman
51:28
July 12, 2019
Bookwarm 41: A Conversation with Jason
Bookwarm 41: A Conversation with Jason
Local super-genius and fellow Xeno-phile Jason joins me to discuss 90's nostalgia and dissonant aesthetics. Another conversation which will certainly be continued in a future episode!  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html 
54:49
July 10, 2019
Gamecool 40: The Usual Mixture of Efficiency and Chaos
Gamecool 40: The Usual Mixture of Efficiency and Chaos
On ch 5: Airmail Paper, of The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman   http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/gamecool-books-subtle-knife-by-philip.html  
35:17
June 28, 2019
Bookwarm 40 (XG 7): The Room of Sophia
Bookwarm 40 (XG 7): The Room of Sophia
On Nisan's angelic statuary and unfinished painting; the disastrous coup attempt; and The One Who is Torn Apart:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miOizLxOD4E    http://xenogearsxenosagastudyguide.blogspot.com/p/xenogears.html    http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html  
42:13
June 25, 2019
Gamecool 39: Conversation with Jason King
Gamecool 39: Conversation with Jason King
Much obliged to Jason King for taking the time to chat with me about religion and human nature, Dust and destiny. He teaches at St Vincent College (including some Pullman in his course "Aliens, Monsters, Heroes, and Jesus" :) and is coauthor, with Donna Freitas, on the excellent Killing the Imposter God: Philip Pullman's Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials.  https://www.stvincent.edu/about/directory-staff/jason-king   https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Imposter-God-Spiritual-Imagination/dp/0787982377 
47:14
June 20, 2019
Bookwarm 39 (XG 6): The Secret of Strength
Bookwarm 39 (XG 6): The Secret of Strength
Big Joe knows. On the Aveh hide-and-seek, waterworks, tournament, and Margie's rescue arc.  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html 
39:06
June 19, 2019
Gamecool 38: As if it were a pinball machine...
Gamecool 38: As if it were a pinball machine...
 On Ch 4: Trepanning, in The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman Keats' Letter on Negative Capability
57:58
June 13, 2019
Bookwarm 38 (XG 5): A Reason to Fight
Bookwarm 38 (XG 5): A Reason to Fight
On the search for Citan through the dunes, encounter with Grahf, Fei's dream of his father and Citan's communique with the Emperor, the pirate prince Bart, exploring the cavern, Ol' Man Bal, and the night raid on the hideout. A nice, friendly interlude, basically, before we go rescue Margie.   http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html 
52:06
June 13, 2019
Gamecool 37: Do What We Like, All Right
Gamecool 37: Do What We Like, All Right
On ch 3: A Children's World, in The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman.   Blake, Little Girl Lost and Little Girl Found   See the Charles Brown interview at  http://web.archive.org/web/20050422032936/http://www.avnet.co.uk/amaranth/Critic/ivpullman.htm 
38:41
June 06, 2019
Bookwarm 37: Conversation with A. C. of the Xeno- Study Guide
Bookwarm 37: Conversation with A. C. of the Xeno- Study Guide
Much obliged to A.C., curator of the remarkable Xenogears and Xenosaga Study Guide pages.  Check them out: http://xenogearsxenosagastudyguide.blogspot.com/  More reading: http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html
59:43
June 05, 2019
Gamecool 36: Conversation with Tony Watkins
Gamecool 36: Conversation with Tony Watkins
Graciously joined by the media and religious commentator Tony Watkins, author of Dark Matter: Shedding Light on Philip Pullman's Trilogy (aka A Thinking Fan's Guide). His website includes the transcript of a remarkable interview with Pullman.
59:22
May 31, 2019
Bookwarm 36 (XG 3): A Problem of the Heart
Bookwarm 36 (XG 3): A Problem of the Heart
On Fei's exile, his meeting with Elly, through following Citan out into the desert beyond Dazil. Featuring: Big Joe! See http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html 
30:26
May 29, 2019
Gamecool 35: The Name of Her Destiny
Gamecool 35: The Name of Her Destiny
On ch 2: Among the Witches, of Philip Pullman's The Subtle Knife. More at https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/gamecool-books-subtle-knife-by-philip.html
36:29
May 23, 2019
Bookwarm 35 (Xenogears 2): Things Almost Forgotten
Bookwarm 35 (Xenogears 2): Things Almost Forgotten
On ch 1-3 of Xenogears. Readings and more info: http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html 
37:40
May 21, 2019
Gamecool 34: All his games were going to come true
Gamecool 34: All his games were going to come true
On ch 1: The Cat and the Hornbeam Trees, in The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman
40:21
May 17, 2019
Bookwarm 34 (Xenogears 1): The Beginning and the End
Bookwarm 34 (Xenogears 1): The Beginning and the End
First in the Xenogears series of Bookwarm Games discussions,  on the project overview and Xenogears' cinematic intro, the Prologue.  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2019/05/bookwarm-games-xenogears.html
36:18
May 16, 2019
Gamecool 33: Concluding Q&A on The Golden Compass
Gamecool 33: Concluding Q&A on The Golden Compass
Recorded live 4/30/19, addressing questions about raw spirits, Dust, and daemons, and doing a little analysis of da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine. Thanks to everyone who participated in this discussion series, and special thanks to live questioners: Steph, Mom, and Dad. I think I quadrupled my viewership from the concluding video on EarthBound :)   For more info:  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html  Broadcasted live on Twitch -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/bookwarmgames 
01:04:59
May 04, 2019
Gamecool 32: Forms Among the Dust
Gamecool 32: Forms Among the Dust
On ch 23: The Bridge to the Stars, of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass Thank you for listening! Consult the course page for more on the concluding Q and A episode, and for links to readings and other materials:  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html 
47:36
April 26, 2019
Gamecool 31: Beyond Sleep and Waking
Gamecool 31: Beyond Sleep and Waking
On ch 22: Betrayal, in The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
30:55
April 23, 2019
Gamecool 30: A Prisoner Acting Like a King
Gamecool 30: A Prisoner Acting Like a King
On ch 21: Lord Asriel's Welcome, in The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman Tony Watkins' interview with Pullman:  http://www.tonywatkins.co.uk/media/literature/interview-with-philip-pullman-from-2004/ 
46:50
April 17, 2019
Gamecool 29: Conversation with Leanna of HDM Fandom
Gamecool 29: Conversation with Leanna of HDM Fandom
For the final conversation episode of the Golden Compass series, I'm joined by Leanna, aka Musical33, a Bureaucrat (editor and moderator) on the His Dark Materials Fandom page. Check it out:  https://hdm.fandom.com/f We talk about the fan community, the world of online role playing, and adaptations past, present, and imaginary of Pullman's work.  News: the series-concluding Q&A session will be Tuesday 30, 7:30 pm Eastern, live on twitch, so send in questions and comments! Musical themes include the Cliff Ghasts, Santelia, the Watchtower, and Mortal Combat!
52:41
April 10, 2019
Gamecool 28: A Ritual Faithfully Followed
Gamecool 28: A Ritual Faithfully Followed
On ch 20: Mortal Combat, in The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
40:24
April 03, 2019
Gamecool 27: True, Every Word
Gamecool 27: True, Every Word
On ch 19: Captivity, in Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass
42:37
March 23, 2019
Gamecool 26: We Can't Read the Darkness
Gamecool 26: We Can't Read the Darkness
On Ch 18: Fog and Ice, in The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
49:29
March 20, 2019
Gamecool 25: Conversation with Maggie Parke
Gamecool 25: Conversation with Maggie Parke
Joining me from Wales, Dr Maggie Parke coordinates the Mythgard Institute's new programming and teaches on Signum University. Her work delves into fan communities, adaptation across media, and engagement between the two. https://signumuniversity.org/directory/maggie-parke/ http://maggieparke.com/ Musical themes for the imaginary video game adaptation: Ceiling Space MnTi The Fearsome Tartars Cloud-pine
55:45
March 15, 2019
Gamecool 24: We Are Strong
Gamecool 24: We Are Strong
On ch 17: The Witches, in The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
49:06
March 13, 2019
Gamecool 23: As a Compass Needle is Drawn to the Pole
Gamecool 23: As a Compass Needle is Drawn to the Pole
On ch 16: The Silver Guillotine, in The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
40:19
March 08, 2019
Gamecool 22: Conversation with Lauren Shohet
Gamecool 22: Conversation with Lauren Shohet
Dr Lauren Shohet discusses her work interpreting Milton, poet of Providence and defender of free speech, as well as teaching Pullman in the academy. A professor of English at Villanova, she has published on Renaissance literature, primarily Shakespeare and Milton, as well as articles and books considering Renaissance connections to His Dark Materials.  Her website is http://laurenshohet.com/ Also I share some news on Pullman's knighthood and a release date for the next novel, then musical themes for the imaginary video game adaptation: Samoyed Hunters Bolvangar Lights Sister Clara Daemon Cages Course page:  https://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html
01:01:39
March 06, 2019
Gamecool 21: ENTRY STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
Gamecool 21: ENTRY STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
On ch 15: The Daemon Cages, in The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
42:57
February 27, 2019
Gamecool 20: Nice Place. Nice Peoples.
Gamecool 20: Nice Place. Nice Peoples.
On ch 14: Bolvangar Lights, in Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass
44:38
February 20, 2019
Gamecool 19: Conversation with Marek Oziewicz
Gamecool 19: Conversation with Marek Oziewicz
Joining me to discuss Philip Pullman's work is Dr. Marek Oziewicz, the Sidney and Marguerite Henry Professor of Children's and Young Adult Literature at the University of Minnesota. He's written extensively on the representation of justice in and through storytelling. His One World, One People won the Mythopoeic Scholarship award in 2010; his recent work has traced the connections between literature and scientific research on consciousness. Marek's page on UMN: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ci/people/Oziewicz.html Papers available on academia.edu: https://umn.academia.edu/MarekOziewicz Musical themes for the imaginary video game:  Tiny Plants in the Arctic Fencing Tunguska Campaign
45:50
February 13, 2019
Gamecool 18: Do You Want To See Proof?
Gamecool 18: Do You Want To See Proof?
On ch 13: Fencing, in Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, and "On the Marionette Theatre," by von Kleist.
38:30
February 06, 2019
Gamecool 17: Like Riding the Bear
Gamecool 17: Like Riding the Bear
On ch 12: The Lost Boy, of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
42:14
January 30, 2019
Gamecool 16: Conversation with Kevin Hensler
Gamecool 16: Conversation with Kevin Hensler
A long-awaited conversation with Kevin Hensler, PhD candidate in Religion at Temple University.  We talk about Pullman's materialist theology, Lyra's destiny, and world-building. Spoilers abound! Kevin's page on Temple U: https://liberalarts.temple.edu/academics/departments/religion/hensler-kevin Musical themes: Jerry, the able seaman Trollesund The Consul The Bear Witches (adapted from 'The Flowers of Lapland,' whistled by Dr Kalmenius in Clockwork) Where's your balloon?
52:20
January 24, 2019
Gamecool 15: Difficult Critters
Gamecool 15: Difficult Critters
On ch 11 Armor, in Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, with some drive-by remarks on His Dark Materials Illuminated, edited by Millicent Lenz and Carole Scott
01:00:29
January 24, 2019
Gamecool 14: What Question Would You Ask?
Gamecool 14: What Question Would You Ask?
On ch 10: The Consul and the Bear, of The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman.
39:51
January 17, 2019
Gamecool 13: Conversation with Mark Vernon
Gamecool 13: Conversation with Mark Vernon
Featuring Mark Vernon, who incorporates narrative into his work as a psychotherapist, and insights from his practice into his work as an author.  He's been hosting the video of this conversation over on his website for weeks, but better late than never I thought I'd post the audio and video of it, too, along with more musical themes from the imaginary video game adaptation following the conversation, and an exciting announcement for the new year!  Mark's website: http://www.markvernon.com/  Mark's review of The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/02/philip-pullman-jesus-myth  Understand Humanism, by Mark Vernon, with a foreword by Philip Pullman: https://www.amazon.com/Understand-Humanism-Teach-Yourself-General/dp/1444103504  Tracklist: John Faa Farder Coram The Zaal and the Eel Market Spy-flies
47:25
January 08, 2019
Gamecool 12: You Oughter Stayed Below
Gamecool 12: You Oughter Stayed Below
On ch 9: The Spies, in the Golden Compass, and Clockwork, by Philip Pullman
54:44
December 20, 2018
Gamecool 11: The Work You Have to Do
Gamecool 11: The Work You Have to Do
On The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, ch 8: Frustration
49:17
December 12, 2018
Gamecool 10: Don't Leave Anything Out
Gamecool 10: Don't Leave Anything Out
On chapter 7: John Faa The course page for this series on The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman can be found here: http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html
01:04:59
December 05, 2018
Gamecool 9: Conversation with Gabriel Schenk
Gamecool 9: Conversation with Gabriel Schenk
Talking with Signum University Preceptor and Oxford University D. Phil. Gabriel Schenk about Pullman's Oxford and ch 6: The Cocktail Party. Many thanks to Gabriel for his time and insights! His page on Signum U: https://signumuniversity.org/directory/gabriel-schenk/
01:01:29
November 28, 2018
Gamecool 8: Into that Dark Maze
Gamecool 8: Into that Dark Maze
On ch 6 The Throwing Nets
54:42
November 21, 2018
Gamecool 7: In Your Own Home
Gamecool 7: In Your Own Home
On ch 5: The Cocktail Party, of the Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman Course page: http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html?m=1
50:57
November 14, 2018
Gamecool 6: Conversation with Verlyn Flieger
Gamecool 6: Conversation with Verlyn Flieger
A discussion with celebrated author and scholar Verlyn Flieger, in which we do some serious thinking about The Golden Compass and its mythological and literary contexts. Verlyn's page on Signum University: https://signumuniversity.org/directory/verlyn-flieger/ Verlyn's website: http://mythus.com/ In lieu of recess this week there's a brief news segment and another music playlist for the imaginary video game, featuring: The Master and Catacombs Tony Makarios The Lady with the Golden Monkey / Magisterium Ma Costa The Zeppelin The Alethiometer
52:07
November 07, 2018
Gamecool 5: The Smell of Glamour
Gamecool 5: The Smell of Glamour
On Chapter 4 of The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman: The Alethiometer. Recommended Reading: The Golden Compass Chapter 4: The Alethiometer The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake http://www.blakearchive.org/copy/mhh.d?descId=mhh.d.illbk.01 Pullman's illustrations for the chapter headings http://www.philip-pullman.com/Illustrations.php#
54:13
October 31, 2018
Gamecool 4: Let's Play Kids and Gobblers!
Gamecool 4: Let's Play Kids and Gobblers!
In which we discuss ch 3 of The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, Lyra's Jordan, and imagine how it might look as a video game. (Errata: It's not the Sheldon Building where Lyra's Oxford opens, but the Lodge Tower. But I think the same sort of point could be made.) Recommended Reading: The Golden Compass Chapter 3: Lyra's Jordan Songs of Innocence and Experience, by William Blake http://www.blakearchive.org/copy/songsie.r?descId=songsie.r.illbk.01 Map of Lyra's Oxford https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/hdm/images/b/bd/Lyra%27s_Oxford_map.png/revision/latest?cb=20170723102043 Course page: http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html
01:25:03
October 24, 2018
Gamecool 3: Conversation with Sparrow Alden
Gamecool 3: Conversation with Sparrow Alden
I'm joined by Sparrow Alden, Hestia of the Hearth on the Signum U forums, college instructor and preceptor, and youth pastor, to discuss The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman. We touch on the story's attractions--Lyra's character and her relationship to Pan--as well as its dangers--the way it represents an end to childhood no one would want to undergo. Sparrow's page on Signum University: https://signumuniversity.org/directory/sparrow-alden/ Sparrow's blog: https://wordsthatyouweresaying.blog/ After our talk, I've added some updates about the project, including words of encouragement from my friend Patrick, news about publishing some of my EarthBound work weekly on thewellredmage.com and borrowing from brianbrock.com some potential music for the imaginary game adaptation, and offering a few samples of musical themes of my own devising. Enjoy! Check back in a few weeks for my next conversation episode, which will be with the renowned Tolkien scholar, Verlyn Flieger!
40:48
October 17, 2018
Gamecool 2: A Picture of the Aurora
Gamecool 2: A Picture of the Aurora
The lantern slides of Lord Asriel counter the poisoned wine of the Master. Enmeshed in the political tension between the two, we hear about Dust, the Northern Lights, the Grumman expedition, the Magisterium, panserbjorne, and the alethiometer, which foretells of an adventure for Lyra. After the discussion of chapter 2 and its coda, we have a recess including Pan's first transformation and Lyra's first chance to explore the college grounds, albeit by night. More info and schedule: http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html Recommended reading: The Golden Compass Chapter 2: The Idea of North Genesis 1-3, KJV "Miss Goddard's Grave," an essay by Pullman Links: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Compass-Dark-Materials-Book/dp/B0000W6SPE https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1%3A1-13&version=KJV http://www.philip-pullman.com/cm-content/pdf/miss_goddards_grave.pdf
47:42
October 09, 2018
Gamecool 1: Lyra and her Daemon
Gamecool 1: Lyra and her Daemon
The Golden Compass series of Bookwarm Games begins! From an overview of the project, we open the discussion with Philip Pullman's relationship to Milton, Blake, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien; set out the dominant themes of the relationship between Lyra and her daemon, and of innocence and experience; consider how these are reflected in the opening of the story and the reader's experience of it. Then to enrich that experience, we start to develop an imaginary video game adaptation! Send in contributions, ideas, questions here or through http://newschoolnotes.blogspot.com/2018/10/gamecool-books-golden-compass-by-philip.html Recommended reading/listening: The Golden Compass, Chapter One: The Decanter of Tokay Books I-II of Paradise Lost, with Pullman's Introduction "I have a feeling this all belongs to me," Pullman's biographical sketch Links: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Compass-Dark-Materials-Book/dp/B0000W6SPE https://books.google.com/books?id=Lv-oVbPpc7cC&pg=PT7&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q1gMZR61fOdr_NK--LwmZMo6zHpmIB0qXb2YsZ0g3oc/edit?usp=sharing
44:52
October 03, 2018
Bookwarm 33: PSI Farewell
Bookwarm 33: PSI Farewell
Concluding the series on EarthBound by considering the Apple of Enlightenment, prophecy, and time travel, with readings from Genesis 3, Kant, and Itoi
58:04
September 17, 2018
Bookwarm 32: Smiles and Tears
Bookwarm 32: Smiles and Tears
Through the Cave of the Past to the final battle with Giygas and Pokey, reading aloud from them, from the game's letters and lyrics, and from Augustine, who knows something about prayer
41:03
September 11, 2018
Bookwarm 31: Your Spirit Will Go with the Robot
Bookwarm 31: Your Spirit Will Go with the Robot
A homecoming reminiscent of Frodo's and Odysseus', famous Saturnisms, and riding meteorites to the past
29:20
September 03, 2018
Bookwarm 29: Conversation with Ryan O'Connor
Bookwarm 29: Conversation with Ryan O'Connor
A ping-pong game of thoughts on EarthBound: courage, wisdom, friendship, travel and time-travel. We also touch on FF Tactics, myth and history, and archaeology-love
39:41
August 30, 2018
Bookwarm 30: Magicanterbury Tales
Bookwarm 30: Magicanterbury Tales
With Ness in Magicant and the Sea of Eden where he beats his Nightmare and hears his own voice, with Jung on dreams and the shadow
40:27
August 27, 2018
Bookwarm 25: Conversation with Patrick Ward
Bookwarm 25: Conversation with Patrick Ward
A talk with my friend Pat about Where the Wild Things Are and rites of passage, the limits of EarthBound and FF8, and what country music has to do with The American Patrick Corporation
52:57
August 24, 2018
Bookwarm 28: Fire Spring and the Full Sound Stone
Bookwarm 28: Fire Spring and the Full Sound Stone
We get the final note and hear the whole melody, with some amateur musicology and some Alcibiades I
34:51
August 19, 2018
Bookwarm 27: Not All Who Wander are Lost Underworld
Bookwarm 27: Not All Who Wander are Lost Underworld
Falling down, distance, abyss, Aristophanes' Frogs and the big Talking Rock
20:27
August 13, 2018
Bookwarm 26: To Tenda Village, pt 2
Bookwarm 26: To Tenda Village, pt 2
From the Library to the Lost Underworld, with glances at Stages on Life's Way, Casey at the Bat, and Sirens of Titan
29:36
August 10, 2018
Bookwarm 24: To Tenda Village pt 1
Bookwarm 24: To Tenda Village pt 1
Through Deep Darkness and Stonehenge, meeting the one outgoing Tenda, rescuing friends and strangers, loving your enemies, with an excerpt from Conrad's luminous Heart of Darkness
23:56
July 20, 2018
Bookwarm 23: Walking with Dungeon Man
Bookwarm 23: Walking with Dungeon Man
The embodiment of the total work of art, and its drawbacks
22:55
July 16, 2018
Bookwarm 22: Kraken Open the Pyramid
Bookwarm 22: Kraken Open the Pyramid
Defeating the Kraken, visiting Scaraba, and dancing in front of the Sphinx, we descend voluntarily to recover the Hawk Eye, quoting from Peterson's Maps of Meaning, about which more can be found on The History of Western Thought page on facebook
50:04
July 08, 2018
Bookwarm 21: Conversation with Eddie and Michele Schantz
Bookwarm 21: Conversation with Eddie and Michele Schantz
Visiting brother Elliot last week made me think I'd better have Mom and Dad on the show! I caught them before dinnertime to discuss Sunday board games, passing the baton, and World Cup predictions. (Please bear with the audio crashing around the midway point.)
15:46
July 02, 2018
Bookwarm 20: Museums, Revisited
Bookwarm 20: Museums, Revisited
On Spoon and Fork's war, the father of all things (Heraclitus), the Pyramids and Sphinx (Black Athena, Phaedrus, Origins and History of Consciousness), and the Your Sanctuary spots through Magnet Hill and Pink Cloud. But the second half of the recording is all a Museum Day, and can be safely skipped
53:10
June 24, 2018
Bookwarm 19: The Place of Mu
Bookwarm 19: The Place of Mu
Poo's training in Dalaam, Mu in Zen, some Siddhartha and Tao Te Ching
28:16
June 24, 2018
Bookwarm 18: Reading Summers
Bookwarm 18: Reading Summers
Summers (with a brief stopover in Winters), Stoics, Epictetus and Boethius, and Magic cake
34:48
June 18, 2018
Bookwarm 17: Conversation with Alexander Schmid
Bookwarm 17: Conversation with Alexander Schmid
Mr Schmid (on anchor and on facebook: search his name and/or The History of Western Thought) and I discuss play and competition, science and magic, and IQ in EarthBound and here at home. Apologies for a couple of audio outages due to psychic attacks.
48:33
June 16, 2018
Bookwarm 16: Bigger Inside Than Out
Bookwarm 16: Bigger Inside Than Out
Everdred's haiku and Welcome to Moonside--examining Bogost's Play Anything and Huizinga's Homo Ludens, with a brief detour through postmodernism as characterized in McGilchrist's Master and His Emissary before we're rescued from the Clumsy Robot by the Runaway Five
40:57
June 11, 2018
Bookwarm 15: The Bulldozer and the Bridge
Bookwarm 15: The Bulldozer and the Bridge
Venturing across the bridge with Jacques Maritain and Heidegger, Hart Crane and Walt Whitman, amassing the fragments of the fourfold in Fourside.
33:44
June 04, 2018
Bookwarm 13: Conversation with Steven Abel
Bookwarm 13: Conversation with Steven Abel
My friend Steve and I discuss speedruns, Blockbuster, game reviews, embodied memories of EarthBound and FF7, and virtual novels
36:47
May 28, 2018
Bookwarm 14: I wish you luck...
Bookwarm 14: I wish you luck...
Dusty Dunes Desert, its caves and sesame seeds, and St-Exupery's deserts in Wind, Sand, and Stars and The Little Prince
22:27
May 28, 2018
Bookwarm 12: I have no something
Bookwarm 12: I have no something
Saturn Valley, with its ladders, recalls Dante, Bosch, Chaucer, Goya. Look up the art and the coffee break! For more along these lines, check out Olsen's Signum U and Mythgard, Mazzotta's Yale Open Course on Dante, and the Alexander Schmid podcast.
42:47
May 14, 2018
Bookwarm 11: Best Friend
Bookwarm 11: Best Friend
Jeff from Winters, his friend Tony, and Montaigne's Essay "On Friendship"
39:10
May 07, 2018
Bookwarm 10: Zombies and Ghosts
Bookwarm 10: Zombies and Ghosts
Some questions and comments from a listener, Alexander Schmid. Welcome to Threed. The circus and the cemetery.
24:14
April 29, 2018
Bookwarm 9: Conversation with Stephanie Bell
Bookwarm 9: Conversation with Stephanie Bell
Full disclosure: we're getting married! We discuss games like Animal Crossing, Starbound and Stardew Valley, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the games cats play. These are two of our cats.
32:03
April 23, 2018
Bookwarm 8: The Runaway Five
Bookwarm 8: The Runaway Five
And the Beatles, the Blues Brothers, and Mario Bros. Jazz, Blues, appropriation.
21:13
April 15, 2018
Bookwarm 7: The Pursuit of Happiness
Bookwarm 7: The Pursuit of Happiness
Twoson and Happy Happy Village, the cat and the cult, playing by yourself and being played with by Montaigne's cat
26:00
April 09, 2018
Bookwarm 6: Paula, the Polestar
Bookwarm 6: Paula, the Polestar
English poets and Easter readings; stars, ideals, projections; hints about a future series on Philip Pullman.
32:17
April 01, 2018
Bookwarm 5: Conversation with Ben Kozlowski
Bookwarm 5: Conversation with Ben Kozlowski
Moving from philosophy of language towards an ethics of discourse, touching on quests and play in works such as Zelda: Majora's Mask, Undertale, and Ready Player One more here: https://watchmanzeke33.wordpress.com/ and see the youtube description of this episode for more links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zEsXQBN51Q
44:52
March 23, 2018
Bookwarm 4: The Mighty Onett Police Force
Bookwarm 4: The Mighty Onett Police Force
On the library, the arcade, town hall and the police station, with reference to Ikiru and The Death of Ivan Ilych and a digression on the word chortle
39:06
March 19, 2018
Bookwarm 3: My Haunting Melody
Bookwarm 3: My Haunting Melody
The true third-strongest episode of Bookwarm Games. With three individuals in Onett, Lier X. Agerate, the trumpet-player, and Frank, we listen to the Largo from Dvorak’s New World. And in Legends of Localization by Clyde Mandelin, we get a bio and interview on Giygas from the creator of EarthBound, Shigesato Itoi.
40:35
March 12, 2018
Bookwarm 2: Your Sanctuary
Bookwarm 2: Your Sanctuary
On rules of the game; Ness' home and family; the sound stone and Proust's petite madeleine (pardon my French). Digression on a word: nostalgia.
29:29
March 05, 2018
Bookwarm Games 1: Welcome To EarthBound
Bookwarm Games 1: Welcome To EarthBound
Introductories and remarks on Buzz Buzz in EarthBound and Buzz, buzz in Hamlet. See the course page to learn more. Thanks for listening, sharing, or lending your support. 
23:33
February 25, 2018