Posts Tagged ‘I Decline’

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.

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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).

 

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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 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:

S3E11M – The Devil Rides Out (movie)*

*** This episode was also filmed live in High Definition with the help of our special guest, Dole. So if you wish to see the fireplace crackling in the background and watch us slog down make-shift snifters of dark craft brewery while Wilk rants on a tiny monitor via Skype–click the video below or visit our YouTube channel (Please note that the battery cut out for the last segment of the show, but the audio feed continues on unabated).***

 

SHOW NOTES:

An NDIOS breakfast gathering!

Wilk, Ryan and Rick

Wilk, Rick and Ryan

Wilk, Rick and Ryan

A hampered production that almost didn’t happen. A twisted tale of darkness, Satanism, and violence. All of these things were present in the recording of the movie episode this month. An impossible to find movie, one that forced Wilk to fall back into the darknet, in an effort to bring this satanic celluloid to the service… We watched “The Devil Rides out,” so you don’t have to. The crew thought it was great…and it was. Clearly a movie that highlighted the golden era of horror, made by Hammer Studios and dumped unwittingly on the American Public, we allowed it to be dumped by us. It was faithful to the book, as much as it could be. Richard Matheson, author of show favorite “I Am Legend” was the screenwriter and adapter. It was over the top, screaming, hellbound horror. I believe the reviews ranged from 3.5 to 4.5 stars. And we all felt that if you can find it, you should watch it. So, until next time, bring the Talisman of Set and set it to shimmer and shine, because there is no deodorant in outer space!

– Wilk

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

Book: “The Devil Rides Out (1968)” by Terence Fisher (Christopher Lee)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…it was a fun, rompy, B-movie ride…”

Wilk: 4 Stars “…It’s a four star culty movie from the sixties…it’s fun to watch if you can find it…”

Rick: 3 Stars “…only because it’s like an older movie, I don’t have any resonance with older movies…I tend to fall asleep with all older movies…”

Dole (special guest): 5 Stars “…This is a great film…the color, the ambiance, Christopher Lee just rock’n it man–he’s got so much attitude you just can’t stop listening to him…”

 

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

misfits_-_static_age_coverSpecial guest, John Doyle (a/k/a Dole), is also in a metal band called, “I Decline.” Find their music on iTunes and their website: http://www.i-decline.com/. During the recording the group made reference to the legendary hardcore punk album album “Static Age” by the Misfits. John’s band used to cover one of the songs that was originally from this album. Here’s a link that song “Bullet” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUZHxYFbCl4.

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Lastly, Wilk and his wife Laura Valle started a true crime podcast called, “How to Avoid Murder …and other awkward situations.” Wilk mentioned visiting some historical murder sites during a recent trip to Illinois as part of research for his show. You can catch episodes by them on iTunes and their website.

The website for their podcast is: http://www.avoidmurder.com/. You can also find it on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-avoid-murder-other/id1187366565?mt=2

 

* 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:

S3E11B – The Devil Rides Out (book)* 

*** This episode was also filmed live in High Definition with the help of our special guest, Dole. So if you wish to see the fireplace crackling in the background and watch us slog down make-shift snifters of dark craft brewery while Wilk rants on a tiny monitor via Skype–click the video below or visit our YouTube channel. ***

 

SHOW NOTES:

Ready to podcast!

Dole, Rick and Ryan

Craft Brewery!

Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, 3 Floyd’s Russian-Style Imperial Stout Dark Lord (vanilla bean), Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

This month I had Ryan and Dole over to record. They are great guests. I estimate they brought in $150 worth of craft beer. First time I ever tried the “Dark Lord,” from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.. It was aged a few years and bottle 175 of 800, or something like that. Very special, so much so, I was compelled to ceremoniously place my goat statue on the mantelpiece for the evening’s events. If only my Wiccan cloaks were back from the dry cleaners, I believe we might have conjured the Dark Lord himself. The recording almost didn’t happen as Wilk threatened to prematurely go to bed or watch a movie with Laura (his wife) or something. The technical difficulties Ryan and Dole had were colossal and postponed our start time by about an hour, but they persevered. Despite the late start time and a black hole vortex on the other end of the Skype call in Michigan, we managed to have a quality recording. Come back any time fellas. We need to practice the occult more often!

– Rick

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

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

Ryan: 4 Stars “…Why I’m not giving it five stars is because that…I thought the ending–it wraps up things a little bit too conveniently…

Wilk: 3 Stars “…I liked the audiobooks…it was kinda entertaining it felt like I was watching a Tarzan movie…with Satan in it…

Rick:  3 1/2 Stars “…I do appreciate the fact that it was grounded in a lot of research and facts…

Dole (special guest): 4 Stars “…I felt creeped out by it just because there was so much real stuff in the book I felt like dirty reading it…

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

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

aleister_crowleyDuring the episode we talked about the author doing extensive research to add an element of realism to this work. As part of his studies Wheatley interviewed none other than the infamous occultist, Aleister Crowley who had previously gained notoriety with his interest in black magic and residence at the “Boleskin House” (later owned for a time by guitarist Jimmy Page  of Led Zepplin). Rockstar and metal icon Ozzy Osbourne would later have hit a song about this man called Mr. Crowley (here’s a link to a live version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3LvhdFEOqs).

One of the interesting bits of research in the book that was mentioned by Wheatley, was the act of hypnotizing chickens by simply drawing a line in the ground. You can watch demonstrations of this strange phenomena on YouTube videos such as this one: https://youtu.be/sqZZ95L2n7o

Dennis Wheatley was a part of the war effort during World War II when he was engaged to use his creativity to write various war papers including a treatise on how Britain could be invaded. He was a member of the London Controlling Section which worked on secret coordinated strategic military deception and cover plans (see Wikipedia article on Dennis Wheatley). One such famous plan that came out of this department was “Operation Mincemeat,” which involved planting fake invasion plans in a corpse and letting it be discovered to divert Germany’s attention from the real battle plans.  The BBC produced a special (A Letter To Posterity) on Wheatley’s life that discusses a letter written by the author that was sealed in a time capsule and left for the world to discover at a later date. You can check this out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeXEj2_v6i4&app=desktop

Returning special guest, John Doyle (a/k/a Dole), came on the show and talked about some recent studio time with his metal band, “I Decline.” They continue to work on their epic, space trilogy project known as “The Galaxies,” which is being produced by Sandford Parker. Find their music on iTunes and their website: http://www.i-decline.com.

John wrote and composed the theme music for the podcast, helped on our video special (Video Special: Culver Indiana and Vonnegut: a documentary), and has joined us on other past episodes including: “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell (book) and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury (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.

PODCAST:

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

S2E11 – 1984*

 

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Ryan: 5 Stars “…Ages like a fine wine with a dark, full-bodied harbinger of doom, increasing with relevance as each year goes by…

Wilk: 5 Stars “…A great book that paranoid losers think is a gospel…

Rick: 5 Stars “…The modern revelation turned reality...

John Doyle a/k/a Dole (Special Guest): 5 Stars “…Big brother is still watching us to this day and his real name is Mark Zuckerberg, Goldstein is alive and well as well and his name is Julian Assange…

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com – Dole’s link goes to his band’s webpage)

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell

“Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.” (from Amazon.com)

 

 

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Film: “1984” by Michael Radford (John Hurt)

“The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded.” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “1984” by Michael Anderson (Edmond O’Brien)

“George Orwell’s landmark novel is the basis of this eerie, darkly satiric tale whose futuristic world is divided into three sections following an atomic war. London, capital of the Oceania sector, is where Edmond O’Brien is a clerk for “Big Brother,” the totalitarian government that keeps a close watch with all of its subjects. When O’Brien carries on a forbidden love affair with Jan Sterling, officials try to brainwash the couple into abandoning their free will. With Donald Pleasence, Michael Redgrave; directed by Michael Anderson (“Around the World in 80 Days”)” (from Amazon.com)

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Play: “1984” by Hallie Gordon (Mathew Abraham)

“Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth located in the nation of Oceania, part of a vast empire in a constant, shifting war against other superstates. Dissent is not tolerated (not even in thought), and Winston and his fellow citizens are under perpetual electronic surveillance by their ever-watchful ruler Big Brother. When Winston falls in love with a co-worker, their illegal affair pushes them to rebel and face the darkest and most dangerous corners of the regime. On the heels of last year’s gripping Animal Farm, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece in a multi-media production that is a haunting, shockingly timely look at a future that seems disturbingly present. ” (from Steppenwolf.org)

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Ryan, Rick & Dole at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater for the play. (Photo: Erika Doyle)

 

SHOW NOTES:

1984. Kirk Gibson brings home the World Series title to the Detroit Tigers. Mancow Muller wasn’t bothering anyone. And life was alright. Alright until you read “1984”.

We read the book and suffered though the movie.  We all liked the book. I made the point it was fiction and well written but not an accurate predictor of 1984. Good discussions all around and one of our better episodes.

Do yourself a favor. Listen.  Write a review. And clean yourself up because there is no deodorant in outer space!!!!

-Wilk

 

FUN FACTOIDS:

The beginning of the show starts with a short song composed and performed by Dole called “War is Peace”. This piece was inspired by 1984 and comprises lyrics from the book. We want to thank Vickie Dillon from A.M. Heath Literary Agency for working with Dole to secure permission to utilize the lyrics and allow us to incorporate the song into the podcast.

CREDITS FOR “WAR IS PEACE”: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copyright © George Orwell, 1948). Reproduced by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Bownell Orwell. Music, melody and sound recording by John Doyle (Copyright © John Doyle, 2015). Reproduced by permission of John Doyle.

 

 

 

* 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:

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

S2P11 – 1984 (preview)*

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell

“Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “1984” by Michael Radford (John Hurt)

“The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded.” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “1984” by Michael Anderson (Edmond O’Brien)

“George Orwell’s landmark novel is the basis of this eerie, darkly satiric tale whose futuristic world is divided into three sections following an atomic war. London, capital of the Oceania sector, is where Edmond O’Brien is a clerk for “Big Brother,” the totalitarian government that keeps a close watch with all of its subjects. When O’Brien carries on a forbidden love affair with Jan Sterling, officials try to brainwash the couple into abandoning their free will. With Donald Pleasence, Michael Redgrave; directed by Michael Anderson (“Around the World in 80 Days”)” (from Amazon.com)

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Play: “1984” by Hallie Gordon (Mathew Abraham)

“Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth located in the nation of Oceania, part of a vast empire in a constant, shifting war against other superstates. Dissent is not tolerated (not even in thought), and Winston and his fellow citizens are under perpetual electronic surveillance by their ever-watchful ruler Big Brother. When Winston falls in love with a co-worker, their illegal affair pushes them to rebel and face the darkest and most dangerous corners of the regime. On the heels of last year’s gripping Animal Farm, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece in a multi-media production that is a haunting, shockingly timely look at a future that seems disturbingly present. ” (from Steppenwolf.org)

 

SHOW NOTES:

Animated_IDFlyer_12-27-15This preview episode includes a special extended interview with John Doyle (a/k/a Dole), who will be joining NDIOS  as a special guest for the full episode. John also provides an update on his current musical project: a concept trilogy dubbed “The Galaxies.” I Decline (John’s metal band) will be performing this trilogy live in Chicago at Reggie’s Rock Club on Sunday December 27, 2015. This performance will also feature trippy psychedelic visuals by John.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come:


* 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:

“Culver Indiana and Vonnegut: a documentary”

 

SUBJECT MATTER:

“Culver Indiana and Vonnegut: a documentary”

This video explores the rich history of Culver, Indiana  (and Lake Maxinkuckee) and its special relationship with renown author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.. Join us as we explore the crossroads of culture and personal identity.

 

SHOW NOTES:

Lake Maxinkuckee (Panorama)

“That will always be an enchanted body of water to me, my Agean Sea, perfect in every dimension. When I was twelve or so, I swam its width, as had my father and my brother and my cousin Richard – – and I became a man.”  -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on Lake Maxinkuckee.

Ryan’s Notes:

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Historical photo of 814 East Shore Dr.

Kurt Vonnegut spent his early summers vacationing along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Maxinkuckee in the town of Culver, Indiana. Located along this scenic, high-bluff of prime real estate were a number of cottages owned by Vonnegut family members. The entire clan traveled to this idyllic location set halfway between Chicago and Indianapolis (Kurt’s hometown). Vacationing here wasn’t simply a chance for the young author to get away from the city, it was also an opportunity to reconnect with extended members of the family and reaffirm the rugged individualism that was a part of the Vonnegut spirit.

 

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Clemens Vonnegut, Jr. House

Some time ago, NDIOS set out to do an episode on Kurt Vonnegut’s seminal classic “Slaughterhouse-Five“. We had a unique opportunity to record this episode at the Clemens Vonnegut, Jr, House. This  frame-cottage was formerly owned by Kurt’s great-uncle. We thought it might be fun to bring some gear out to this historical house and record our podcast review there.

 

 

Ryan, Rick and Jeff Kenney

In preparing for the remote recording, Rick pointed Ryan toward an article written by Jeff Kenney (Editor of the Culver Citizen newspaper, Curator of the Culver Academies Museum and a Local Historian) for the Culver-Union Township Library website (The Vonnegut Families of Lake Maxinkuckee). This article gave some details on the Vonnegut connection to the lake including some historical photos. We reached out to Jeff and asked if he’d sit down for an interview on the subject. He agreed.

To prepare, Ryan and Rick did some research checking out stuff written by Jeff and reading two books:

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Majie’s book

“We Never Danced Cheek to Cheek: The Young Kurt Vonnegut in Indianapolis and Beyond” written by Majie Alford Failey. Majie who was a childhood friend of Kurt who kept in contact with the author, and had a unique inside perspective into the author’s personal life. She also spoke on Kurt’s connection with Indiana and the various locales he and his family were associated with.

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Sarah’s book

“Renovating Vonnegut: How a Black Sheep Opened the Side Door to High Society for a Band of Modern Misfits” by Sarah Handyside. Sarah was part of the team who helped to renovate the Clemens Vonnegut, Jr. House. The house was purchased by Old East Shore, LLC, updated with a care towards its vintage heritage and turned into a vacation rental property. During her time at the property, Sarah, researched the history of the town and the Vonneguts. Her book tells two parallel tales: the story of the town and some of its more well-known inhabitants, and the story of the renovation itself while she stayed there.

The more we looked into things the more it seemed that this place did have an interesting story, and the more it became apparent that this renown author was touched by his experiences there. So, we enlisted the many talents of long-time NDIOS ally Dole, for videography and musicology (and any other tricks he could pull out of his multi-talented repertoire).

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Toad near the Old Vonnegut Orchards

What follows is an interview  with Jeff (roughly an hour long), pieced together with musical elements, video footage of the locale, and historical photos. The story that emerges is the dual tale of a town and the familial history of the Vonneguts as it related to that place. Certain places touch people though out their life, and through our research it became apparent that this was one of those places for Kurt. Even after his various and numerous family members sold their property there, Kurt returned to this place at various points in his life, and also mentioned it in an interview and personal letter to a relative.

We hope you will enjoy our little documentary that focuses on a small, but important part of the author’s life. Join us as we explore the crossroads of culture and personal identity.

Thanks to everyone involved who helped us put this thing together!  -Ryan

Rick’s Notes:

Rick getting ready to cruise the lake

Our first NDIOS video production. It wouldn’t have been possible without all the talents and determination of John Doyle–audio video/editing, Jeff Kenney–historical perspective, and Ryan O’Reilly–creation and editing. Jeff did a great job providing great historical content about Culver. Dole was a true professional especially since his wife gave birth to their first child, Matilda, just a few days before the recording. I felt the show was good. My experience was exhausting not because I did any heavy lifting, but I had a temp of 101* (F.) and my throat felt like it had a few shards of glass in it. For those of you who believe sickness isn’t much of an excuse or don’t like to hear them, join the Marines.  -Rick

Dole’s Notes:

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Rick, Jeff Kenney, and Dole

Making the Vonnegut Film… This project has been a difficult one for all I think. That said, Ryan stayed the course through and through and I feel, as a result, he really helped to elevate the entire thing to another level that even I never thought we would reach when I first agreed to help out with production. After an exchange of numerous text messages, emails, phone calls, pdf files, and warped thoughts over the span of a good 4 months, the project has finally seen fruition and I have to say I am proud to have been a part of it. We all learned a lot from the experience and hope that people that watch it will too.  – Dole

 

 

UPDATE: Closed Captioning in English is available on the YouTube version of this video (located above and on our YouTube channel). Select the “CC” option in the lower right corner of the screen while watching the video.

 

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