Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Episode 10: In the Heart of the Sea (book)

If you're like us, your high school years included suffering the torturous punishment that is reading Moby Dick. Ah, the agony of days and days floating and drifting amidst the endless sea of words, helplessly carried at the whim Melville's over-active currents of indecipherable babble. Oh, you survived, to be sure, but the trauma was such that you likely pledged a sacred vow to never again read anything about whales and whaling. We get it. But were going to ask you to reconsider. In today's episode we discuss Nathaniel Philbrick's factual, historical accounting of a whaling voyage gone very wrong. Hair-raising, heart-wrenching and ghastly, In the Heart of the Sea is a great read. A true story about men tested to the limits of their humanity -- and beyond.

You'll want to check out Philbrick's other excellent books at his web site.

Music for tonight's episode is courtesy of Erdenstern. For more information and other great tracks, go to their web site.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Episode 9: Defiance

We are back with a review of Edward Zwick's 2008 film Defiance. The film recounts the story of a partisan band in Belarussia that fought against the invading German Army during World War II. The film is [somewhat loosely] based on historical events and the unique aspect that this group of fighters were Jews, led by the Polish Bielski brothers. This is an engrossing account of a small group's courageous struggle against an unrelenting foreign enemy and barely sympathetic, anti-Semitic countrymen, while at the same time striving to honor and preserve the morals and traditions of their heritage. Defiance features memorable performances, skillful direction, and an excellent score by James Newton Howard.

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