PODCAST:

S4E2B – Never Let Me Go (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein returning guest Daniel Gonzalez (“The Martian” (S2E10) and NDIOS voice-over announcer Margret O’Reilly join me in a discussion of melancholy and ill-fated love juxtaposed against a subtle horrifying dystopian reality. We discuss the author’s cross-cultural biography, its probable influence on the temporal themes explored in this novel. Dan pointed out how different this novel is for the themes and genres it touches upon when compared to recent coming of age dystopian books like the YA works “Divergent” (S2E3) and “Hunger Games.” This work goes in a different direction of somber reflection and acceptance rather than revolution. As we got into the various character motivations and muted tensions underlying the narrative structure we all came up with a deeper appreciation for the work despite our general agreement that it starts slow and we began reading (for right or wrong) with preconceived notions that the conflicts would resolve in more typical action-based resolutions. All this is cast against a lively ambient soundscape of city noises recorded high above the traffic nightlife in a Chicago skyscraper–safely towered away from the terrors of “cloning” and “donations” and the desperate quest for “deferments” which abound in the English countryside of fictional Hailsham.

-Ryan

 

Dan, Margret, and Ryan set in their tower above chi-town's nightlife. Dan, Margret, and Ryan set in their tower above chi-town’s nightlife.

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Never Let Me Go (2005)” by Kazuo Ishiguro (book)

Ryan: 4 1/2 Stars “…A touching wail uttered into the emotional void that dwells between those frayed wires which hold together the complex relationship between the individual, community, and society…

Dan: 3 Stars “…In hindsight, I appreciate that it was a dystopian world, however the author was trying to show us a different side…the mundane, the banal, the everyday life–to what it feels like to live in this world…”

Margret: 3.85 Star “…Overall it spoke to the constructs of realizing one’s fate and accepting one’s fate…there was kind of a melancholic resoluteness…it was more of a metaphor for reality…”

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

FUN FACTOIDS:

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Beautiful and the Just

Our guest Dan Gonzalez is a musician and some of his more notable musical projects are the now defunct groups “Sisero,” and “Beautiful and the Just.” You can check out some music by the latter on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/beautifulandthejust?fbclid=IwAR306SoFcwXDNJnU16oLLAljetusQBGog98Fhy4w-FCrJPV_2w1ymulKehQ.

On the show we talked about how the author received a Nobel Prize for Literature (see Vox article “The 2017 Nobel Prize in literature goes to Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Never Let Me Go”  at: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/10/5/16428754/2017-nobel-prize-literature-kazuo-ishiguro-never-let-me-go-remains-of-the-day). However, he was noted as a talented writer early on  in his career and included in a 1983 list of writers to watch by editor Bill Buford: Granta’s “Twenty under forty.”  This 2013 Guardian article “Then and now: Granta’s best young British novelists” from takes a thirty year look back at those authors and includes a reprint of the old press photo which includes a young Kazuo Ishiguro: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/apr/06/then-now-granta-best-novelists. For further reference, here is webpage from the British Council which provides a brief biography of the author, a bibliography, and a list of awards: https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/kazuo-ishiguro.

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

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PODCAST:

S4E2P – Preview Episode (Never Let Me Go)

SUBJECT MATTER:

“Never Let Me Go (2005)” by Kazuo Ishiguro (book)

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Daycomes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. 
 
As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, 
Never Let Me Go is modern classic. (from Amazon.com)

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“Never Let Me Go (2010)” by Mark Romanek (Keira Knightley) (movie)

“Academy Award Nominees Carey Mulligan* and Keira Knightley**, co-star with talented newcomer Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) in this poignant and powerful film. Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield) are best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret.” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S4E1M – Altered States (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wilk's Demands - Click to EnlargeWherein Wilk regaled us with his silly demands to his family regarding a vacation they were all to take together. Dustin and Wilk both mentioned how this movie was something they had heard about for many years and were looking forward to finally check out. Although Dustin thought the “volcano wife” was humorous and Ryan laughed at the “hobbit feet” in the film, we were overall impressed with the various special effects and production elements of this film. Infamous incidents of tension and drama between the author (who also wrote the screenplay) and the director (whom never worked in Hollywood again after this) were also discussed by the group. The ending struck us as abrupt, but everyone generally everyone felt the film was a much better adaptation of the underlying story than the book itself and a worthwhile watch over a reading of the book. An atypical conclusion on this podcast.

– Ryan

Ryan, Wilk and Dustin ready to record. ++

 

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

“Altered States (1980)” by Ken Russell (William Hurt) (movie)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…Pitting ordained Hollywood royalty against a self-indulgent outsider–the result, a perfect clash of expression that elevates this already superior book material into something even better; a rarity…”

Wilk: 4 Stars “…I loved this movie. I watched it at one o’clock in the morning. I didn’t fall asleep. I wish I had more drugs when I watched it…”

Dustin: 4 Star “…I thought it was enjoyable…it summed up…the story much better than the book did and it’s obvious that…his screenwriting talents were evident in this film…”

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

Marc Maron did a podcast interview on his show “WTF” with actor Bob Balaban who played Arthur Rosenberg in the film. Balaan recounted working with director Ken Russell on this film at about the one hour mark into the podcast on Episode 923: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-923-bob-balaban. Here is an article on the dancer who played the primal man in the film which we mentioned: Miguel Godreau – https://mobile.nytimes.com/1996/09/02/arts/miguel-godreau-a-lead-dancer-with-alvin-ailey-dies-at-49.html?referer=https://www.google.com. A screenshot from this movie was utilized by the English metal industrial act “Godflesh” on their critically acclaimed debut album “Streetcleaner.” Ryan and Dole went to see this band at Chicago’s famous venue the Metro a while back.

 

Not mentioned on the show, but also noteworthy is that Brazilian metal act “Sepultura” wrote a song called “Altered State” for their fourth album “Arise” inspired by the Ken Russell movie. An article quoting their original singer Max Cavalera can be found here: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/sepultura/altered-state. A live video of their 1991 tour in Barcelona playing this song can be watched here:

Ryan and Dole also saw the brothers from Sepultura touring through Chicago a while back with their newer band “Cavalera Conspiracy.” Check it out:

 

 

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Wilk and his wife Laura Valle started a true crime podcast called, “How to Avoid Murder …and other awkward situations,” which he talked about on the show. The website for their podcast is: http://www.avoidmurder.com/. Please note that the recording of the episode took place some time ago, and Wilk’s true crime podcast is on indefinite hiatus as of the date of the release of this episode.

 

Dustin is the lead singer for the heavy metal outfit “I Decline.” Long-time NDIOS contributor Dole plays drums in this band. Check out their on their website: http://www.i-decline.com. We also mentioned that it’s available for steaming on such platforms asiTunesYouTubeAmazon, and Spotify. Please note that as of the release of this episode the band’s long-standing unreleased project tentatively known as “The Galaxies” is still in a state of incompleteness. Many of the songs have been recorded and mixed, but final mastering and other administrative decisions remain. There is currently no set release date scheduled for this project, but we are hopefully that it will eventually see the light of day in the future at some point. Until that time, you can view some live videos for earlier versions of a few of these spacy sci-fi like songs on the band’s YouTube channel: Galaxy 1 and Galaxy 3.

 

++ Illustrated artwork in group photo is by Arik Roper for a Limited Edition poster for Ithaca Fantastik’s 2016 Retrospective Film Festival (see http://ithacafilmfestival.com/spotlight-arik-roper.php).

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S4E1B – Altered States (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

Wherein Wilk compared reading this book to attending an art show by actor Gary Busey, not purchasing a painting by novelist Clive Barker (whom we covered in our episodes on “The Hellbound Heart” and “Hellraiser“), and reading the novel “Tarantula” by musician Bob Dylan. Things were further clarified when Wilk recalled some sagely advice given by his father regarding Herman Melville’s famous novel “Moby Dick” (Bob Wilkinson joined us for our review of “Starship Troopers“). Dustin Decline (from the heavy metal act “I Decline“) expressed and encapsulated the group’s general frustration with this author’s one and only attempt at writing proper prose due to the novel’s overabundance and general saturation of uninteresting technical terminology.

– Ryan

Ryan, Wilk, and Dustin ready to record.

Ryan, Wilk, and Dustin ready to record.

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

“Altered States (1978)” by Paddy Chayefsky (book)

Ryan: 3 Stars “…Urgent and practical prose bolstered with dialog, that at times, feels weighted with jargon while fully acknowledging the supremacy of story, and at other times—stabs right into the heart of humanity…”

Wilk: 2 Stars “…Drugs will make you a superhuman until they don’t…”

Dustin: 1 Star “….A pretentious convoluted look at the human conscious…”

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

FUN FACTOIDS:

On the show we talked about the trend of early mankind films that were coming out around the time of the release of this book and film. One such notable movie that came out in 1981 was “Quest for Fire” which starred: Everett McGill, Rae Dawn Chong,  Nameer El-Kadi and Ron Perlman,. It also featured special language features by previous podcast author subject Anthony Burgess, who we discussed on our episode on “A Clockwork Orange.”

The father and son Dungeons & Dragon’s style game play podcast Ryan brought up during the discussion is called “The Adventure Zone” and it can be found here: https://www.maximumfun.org/shows/adventure-zone.

We also mentioned that this author was a renowned and highly celebrated script writer for Hollywood. He is probably most famous for a speech in the award-winning 1976 film “Network” directed by Sidney Lumet. In that movie one of the main characters (played by Peter Finch) is an anchor for a network news show. He goes live on the air working himself into a frenzy imploring that the audience join his frustration w the current state of affairs by opening their windows and screaming out into the streets: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” You can watch a clip of this compelling scene here:

 

Not necessarily a “fun” factoid, yet it is worth noting (as we did not discuss it on the show) that Paddy Chayefsky was sued over this novel by one of his scientific advisers whom helped him research the book. Apparently the lawsuit was dismissed, but this would set the stage for future personal frustrations surrounding this project as the film adaptation was developed (see Paddy Chayefsky Papers: http://archives.nypl.org/the/21778).

 

how-to-avoid-murder-logo

Wilk and his wife Laura Valle started a true crime podcast called, “How to Avoid Murder …and other awkward situations,” which he talked about on the show. The website for their podcast is: http://www.avoidmurder.com/. Please note that the recording of the episode took place some time ago, and Wilk’s true crime podcast is on indefinite hiatus as of the date of the release of this episode.

 

Dustin is the lead singer for the heavy metal outfit “I Decline.” Long-time NDIOS contributor Dole plays drums in this band. Check out their on their website: http://www.i-decline.com. We also mentioned that it’s available for steaming on such platforms as iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, and Spotify. Please note that as of the release of this episode the band’s long-standing unreleased project tentatively known as “The Galaxies” is still in a state of incompleteness. Many of the songs have been recorded and mixed, but final mastering and other administrative decisions remain. There is currently no set release date scheduled for this project, but we are hopefully that it will eventually see the light of day in the future at some point. Until that time, you can view some live videos for earlier versions of a few of these spacy sci-fi like songs on the band’s YouTube channel: Galaxy 1 and Galaxy 3.

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S4E1P – Preview Episode (Altered States)

SUBJECT MATTER:

“Altered States (1978)” by Paddy Chayefsky (book)

Inspired by the work of John C. Lilly, Chayefsky spent two years in Boston doing research to write his science fiction novel Altered States (HarperCollins, 1978), which he adapted for his last screenplay. In the film Chayefsky is credited under his real first and middle name, Sidney Aaron, because of disputes with director Ken Russell. Some of the events portrayed in this film seem to be based on the studies of the French surrealist author Antonin Artaud; the protagonist visits a tribe of isolated Mexican tribal people & participates in their sacred shamanic ritual involving local hallucinogens for the purpose of investigating the common religious experience. Much of the setting of this part of the film also appears to be based on Artaud’s description of the natural, altho seemingly man-made landscape of the people. In the movie, this was represented by huge stone mushrooms often called hoodoos & attributed to the supernatural. (from Goodreads.com)

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“Altered States (1980)” by Ken Russell (William Hurt) (movie)

“A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

 

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S4E0 – The Return of the Podcast (Season Four Announcement)

SHOW NOTES:

Announcing the return of the podcast – season four of “No Deodorant in Outer Space” drops in 2019 !!!

After taking a hiatus from the podcast to focus on my writing I decided I missed it. So, I spent the last year recording an entire brand new season, which I’m now in the process of editing for release starting in January of 2019. The format will essentially remain the same with a semi-monthly critical discussion of classic and contemporary literature turned into visual media focusing on science fiction, fantasy and horror. What’s changed is that there will not be dedicated co-hosts, instead I’ll be rotating guests for every subject premise. Don’t worry, my old co-hosts and some frequent past guests all make return appearances. Releases will be on Tuesdays: a Preview Episode on the 1st Tuesday, a Book Review on the 3rd Tuesday and a Movie Review on the 4th Tuesday.

So, please look forward to a brand new season! I hope you enjoy it!

-Ryan Sean O’Reilly

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3 – Wrap-Up Episode (finale)*

Listen to the podcast here (click to play/right click and select “save target as” to download):

SHOW NOTES:

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Ryan in his “robot” mode.

To wrap things up this year we attempted to do a season Wrap-Up Episode. Unlike last year, the conversation quickly devolved from review of the entire Season Three line up and turned more circuitously to reflections on the entire history of the podcast and the trials and tribulations of the hosts as they tried to keep this beast afloat. The discussion is more celebratory and, at times, nonsensical. We brought back two past guests: Mike O’Reilly and John (a/k/a Dole) Doyle to bring in some outside perspective.

Occasionally we did manage to get into the art of literature and film and there were some coherent thoughts that managed to squeak thru. All in all, we hope our jovial spirit puts a nice cap to this podcast and provides some reflective laughter along the way. Apologies for the general absurdity and thank you again for checking us out!

-Ryan

The NDIOS crew: Wilk, Rick and Ryan.

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RELATED LINKS:

Hosts:

Ryan Sean O’Reilly

David Wilkinson a/k/a “Wilk”

Rick

 

Guests:

Dole’s band’s website and links to videos of the band: (www.i-decline.com)

Click here for other episodes with Dole.

Mike O’Reilly’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMoreilly318

Click here for other episodes with Mike O’Reilly

Wilk’s other podcast with his wife Laura Valle: “How to Avoid Murder …and other awkward situations

 

RELATED EPISODES:

“Roadside Picnic (1972)” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (book)

“Stalker (1979)” by Andrei Tarkovsky (Alexander Kaidanovsky) (movie) – Russian with English subtitles

“Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) (1965)” by Frank Herbert (book)

Film: “Dune (1984)” by David Lynch (Kyle MacLachlan) and SyFy: “Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000)” by John Harrison (William Hurt)

“I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson (book)

“True Detective” by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Matthew McConaughey) (miniseries)

“The Body Snatchers (1955)” by Jack Finney (book)

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury (book)

“The Devil Rides Out (Black Magic #1) (1934)” by Dennis Wheatley (book)

“Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell (book)

“Watchmen” by Alan Moore (writer) / Dave Gibbons (artist) (graphic novel)

“Naked Lunch” by William S. Burroughs (book)

“Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut (book)

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.