Download or stream this episode. David Grubbs talks riddles with Nathan Gilmour and Michial Farmer.
Michial Farmer talks with Nathan Gilmour and David Grubbs about three pieces by the American postmodernist John Barth: The Literature of Exhaustion, The Literature of Replenishment, and Title. Barth as Teacher
Nathan Gilmour leads a discussion with Michial Farmer and David Grubbs about two stories by the late Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez—“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “The Handomest Drowned Man in the World.” Our opening music this week is Pep Squad’s “Angel,” from their 1998 album No Doy!
General Introduction – Listener feedback – Episodes on Borges and Postman? Arête – Excellence and/or virtue – Warriors and excellences – Plato’s expansion of arête – Confucian virtue – Arête and social station – Excellence in tragedy – Meno’s definition – Answering the question carefully Why Ask the Question? – The urge to categorize –…