Gods Among Men: The ComicCon Presentation
ComicCon is coming up! For those who can't be there, Nathan goes through his full presentation and then some, exploring ideas of individualism—Radical Individualism—as they are reflected in superheroes and comic books. Using characters like Batman, Superman, Iron Man and Thor as exemplars, Nathan talks about the way that superheroes can manifest different aspects of individual autonomy. Both the hero and the tyrant fall within the scope of possibility when someone of exceptional abilities uses that power to fully realize their own morality and values. "Where do superheroes get the moral sanction to take the actions they take?" is the overarching question that frames the whole presentation, and points toward a whole set of intriguing questions.
With the advent of winter weather, Nathan talks about holiday giving, before offering an analysis of Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar, comparing it to othr similar SF films such as Contact and 2001: A Space Odyssey
Halloween & MileHiCon
In this wrap-up for the month of October, Nathan talks about the individualism expressed in children's Halloween costumes, and gives his impressions from Denver's 46th annual MileHiCon.
The Thing With No Name
Rounding out his trilogy of shows about the macabre, Nathan talks about "The Thing With No Name"--Frankenstein,The Terminator,HAL9000 from Kubrick's 2001--stories about human inventions gone wrong, parallels to the myth of Prometheus.
Lecter & Dexter: Halloween Horror
With Halloween coming up, a discussion of monsters - and in particular, serial killers - seemed a propos. Nathan talks about Psycho's Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, and Dexter,and their real-life counterparts.
An Interview with Jane Getz
Author, songwriter, producer, and jazz musician:Jane Getz has done it all, and in this interview, Nathan gets Jane to talk about her incredible history as a jazz sideman in New York City in the 1960s, detailed in her new book, Running With the Big Dogs.
Watching My Stories
With the new season of television starting this week, Nathan reviews a few new shows, and talks in depth about the changing nature of series television, going into the influence of changing technology and changing standards of quality in scripted television dramas and comedies.
Something's Gotta Give
Drawing inspiration from a few different sources, Nathan considers the idea of "trade-offs": decisions that exclude one desirable ourcome in favor of another. Trade-offs show up in our culture in a number of different places, and sometimes it's easy to let yourself forget that life is full of trade-offs.