WARNING: This episode contains dystopian and post-apocalyptic spoilers. Nothing too earth- shattering, though, we promise.
Dystopia: “a not good place”
Post-Apocalyptic: after a cataclysmic event.
An example of a 1950s PSA:
THE WASTE LAND
by T.S. Eliot
We asked you about your experience with this modernist text on our Facebook page. Here’s some of the responses:
“Dense. I read it for class, and I knew I’d never be able to read it just for “funzies””
“first reading: confusing. second reading: a struggle (plus you think Eliot is just showing off) third reading: you are hit with the realization that you are an uninformed “academic” fourth reading (married with discussion): the best thing. coincidentally you will start informing your peers that we are in fact, “living in the waste land””
“Confusing. I can’t ever figure out why it is considered such a great poem. It has some good imagery, and Eliot is good with his words, but the overall effect is that of a collage. And I hate collages.”
“Like walking around in Edmonton.”
“Like wandering/being pulled through an apocalypse while inebriated”
“”how f**king brilliant!” I think I might’ve cried when I first read it? Maybe because I might’ve been responding (without knowing it at the time) to Pound’s indelible influence on the text? who knows? who knows?”
” Like if the fairies lost and died in Fern Gully”
Here’s the entirety of The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot read by Jeremy Irons. Scar, reading this pseudo-post-apocalyptic poem. Seems fitting:
Also known as “Teenage Wasteland”:
Have you seen this poster around Windsor? Literature influencing the way we interpret the world. Nice.
The climactic discussion at the end of Brave New World was influenced by The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Here’s a page of Dostoyevsky’s notes from Chapter 5 of his manuscript:
Orwell and Huxley on the future:
Fahrenheit 451 banned in the States: IRONY!
An artist’s imagining of the post-apocalyptic landscape in Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:
Iron Maiden’s full album:
What three things would you want to have after the apocalypse? Tweet them to us @hardcoverradio
Thanks for listening!