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The Custom House – Hannibal Lecter to the Dark Tower Came: The Poetry of Robert Browning (Extended Conversation w/Ivan Kreilkamp)

On this episode of The Custom House we examine the many moods and personae of poet Robert Browning, the Victorian master of “selves,” whose work not only inspired Modernist poets like T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound but also gave us Stephen King’s Gunslinger, Eminem’s “Stan” and the psycho-epicure Hannibal Lecter. In this episode of The Custom House we speak …

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The Custom House – Episode 7: “Hannibal Lecter to the Dark Tower Came: The Poetry of Robert Browning”

On this episode of The Custom House we examine the many moods and personae of poet Robert Browning, the Victorian master of “selves,” whose work not only inspired Modernist poets like T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound but also gave us Stephen King’s Gunslinger, Eminem’s “Stan” and the psycho-epicure Hannibal Lecter. In this episode of The Custom House we speak …

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The Custom House – On the Banality of Pest Control (Extended Conversation w/Lisa Sideris and Christoph Irmscher)

We explore both the lyrical and ethical heart of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as we ask what are the ecological and moral effects of the banal and continued daily use of chemical pesticides in our Earthly Garden. In this episode of The Custom House we speak with Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University …

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The Custom House – Episode 6: On the Banality of Pest Control

We explore both the lyrical and ethical heart of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as we ask what are the ecological and moral effects of the banal and continued daily use of chemical pesticides in our Earthly Garden. In this episode of The Custom House we speak with Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University …

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The Custom House – Hark! Who Goes There? Locating the Self in the Stories We Tell (Extended Conversation w/John Eakin)

We enlist the aid of noted scholar of autobiography, John Eakin, as we seek to answer Andrew Bird’s question: where exactly does the self reside, in your head or between your sides, and who, exactly, will decide its true location? In this episode of The Custom House we try to locate our mysterious “me” within the commonplace act of telling …

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The Custom House – Episode 5: Hark! Who Goes There? Locating the Self in the Stories We Tell

We enlist the aid of noted scholar of autobiography, John Eakin, as we seek to answer Andrew Bird’s question: where exactly does the self reside, in your head or between your sides, and who, exactly, will decide its true location? In this episode of The Custom House we try to locate our mysterious “me” within the commonplace act of telling …

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The Custom House – Writing on Pictures (Extended Conversation w/Jeffrey Wolin)

This week we’ll be talking with photographer Jeffrey Wolin about how he integrates the written word into his portraits to make stories that are both deeply personal and broadly cultural. This extended cut includes a deeper discussion of Wolin’s Vietnam book as well as his companion project in which he pursued stories and portraits “from the other side of the …

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The Custom House – Episode 4: Writing on Pictures

This week we’ll be talking with photographer Jeffrey Wolin about how he integrates the written word into his portraits to make stories that are both deeply personal and broadly cultural. Jeffrey Wolin mixes the word with the image to produce portraits that seem to stand as much as social and cultural commentary as they do Art and appear to turn …

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The Custom House – Theocracy and Dystopia (Extended Conversation w/Purnima Bose)

This week Purnima Bose discusses how Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale demonstrates how easily modern America might become a truly repressive theocracy. The extended cut includes a review of the plot of the novel as well as a discussion of the cultural milieu in which Atwood composed the narrative. There is also a brief discussion of how the …

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The Custom House – Episode 3: Theocracy and Dystopia

America is a land founded on commercial ventures intended to gather in the riches of a virgin land but also upon the Puritan plan to set up a theocratic state. In this episode of The Custom House Purnima Bose, a professor in the International Studies Department of Indiana University, discusses how Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale demonstrates how easily modern …

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