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We try to read and discuss ALL the books in the western canon!

The Canon Ball The Canon Ball

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We try to read and discuss ALL the books in the western canon!

    23. Faust - Part 2

    23. Faust - Part 2

    Listener, have you ever been violently ambivalent about a work? So overwhelmed by your lack of ability to come up with a sensible reading that you doubt your own ability even to take a side? Well, we have… So here’s Faust Part 1 part 2! Ummm… maybe put the kids to bed for this one. We get a little rowdy and very raunchy. But it’s not us, we swear! It’s Goethe making us contemplate the metaphysics of blueballing! In any case, if you have listeners under 18 or are listening to this in the office, maybe just put the headphones on. And if Goethe gets you interested in things Germanic beyond just the literary, check out what Travis and Pete get up to at Podcastnik.com.  Podcastnik puts out the History of Germany, a podcast about… well, the history of Germany. They also produce the Youtube show Past Access and the podcast The Secret Cabinet, a personal favorite about some of the weirder aspects of history. You can find them at Podcastnik.com. If you’re online check us out at thecanonballpodcast.wordpress.com, find us on Facebook @TheCanonBallPodcast, and on Twitter @CanonBallPod. The Canon Ball is a member of the Agora podcast network. Check out some of the other shows on the network at Agorapodcastnetwork.com. One last note: if you’re in the New York area and need reading and writing tutoring, or are interested in online tutoring, let us know.  Claude has a tutoring business on the side and two kids, so he’s always looking for a few more clients. If you need some help, send an email to claudemoinc@gmail.com.  We can also produce literary lectures on demand.  I’m not entirely certain what situations would call for that, but for some quality literary infotainment hit us up!
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    BONUS: Space is the Place Ep. 1.5

    BONUS: Space is the Place Ep. 1.5

    In this very special episode of Space is the Place, we're thrilled to be joined by Pete Johannsen of the science fiction podcast Podside Picnic for a rough and ready outline of two centuries of SF history and a glance at some of the works we'll be reading during this series. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 59 min
    22. Faust - Part 1

    22. Faust - Part 1

    Well, we’ll be damned, it’s the first part of our dive into Goethe’s Faust. Technically this is part one of Faust Part 1. We cover everything from the three introductions to the beginning of the Gretchen plot. Essentially, this is the episode where we get bogged down in Goethe’s ontological/epistemological outlook, theological reconfiguration, and existential meditations. The pervy stuff comes next episode
    when we tackle the Gretchen plot.


    If you’re online check us out at thecanonballpodcast.wordpress.com, find us on Facebook @TheCanonBallPodcast, and on Twitter @CanonBallPod. The Canon Ball is a member of the Agora podcast network. Check out some of the other shows on the network at Agorapodcastnetwork.com.


    One last note: if you’re in the New York area and need reading and writing tutoring, or are interested in online tutoring, let us know. Claude has a tutoring business on the side and a newborn, so he’s always looking for a few more clients. If you need some help, send an email to claudemoinc@gmail.com. We can also produce literary lectures on demand. We're not entirely certain what situations would call for that, but for some quality literary infotainment hit us up! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 45 min
    BONUS: Space is the Place Ep. 1 - Jules Verne

    BONUS: Space is the Place Ep. 1 - Jules Verne

    In this inaugural episode of the Canon Ball side project Space Is the Place, Daniel and G.G. take a look at the beginnings of science fiction with Jules Verne's From Earth to the Moon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 18 min
    21: A Brief Introduction to Goethe

    21: A Brief Introduction to Goethe

    This is it! The beginning of our Faustathon! This is big and it’s gonna take a few months, so we figured we’d start with some background information on Goethe, the man behind Faust. Like with Cervantes, the more you know about the context, the deeper and richer the content. Fortunately, Claude has an in with a professor of German literature. In this introductory episode interviews his friend Rachel about Goethe, the Sturm und Drang, Weimar classicism, the origins of the Faust myth, and the persistence of that myth into the present.


    If you’re online check us out at thecanonballpodcast.wordpress.com, find us on Facebook @TheCanonBallPodcast, and on Twitter @CanonBallPod.


    The Canon Ball is a member of the Agora podcast network. Check out some of the other shows on the network at agorapodcastnetwork.com. Speaking of Agora, the network is interested in who our listeners are so that we can cultivate the network appropriately. So if you wouldn't mind taking a quick survey, we'd really appreciate it. Find the poll at https://tinyurl.com/AgoraPoll2019?fbclid=IwAR37-k3LKlAzkjxaQy_MtpuE94UYGY8z3XaBo5QR9zESYD6Npoui_WSlbok.


    One last note: if you’re in the New York area and need reading and writing tutoring, or are interested in online tutoring, let us know. Claude has a tutoring business on the side and a newborn, so he’s always looking for a few more clients. If you need some help, send an email to claudemoinc@gmail.com. We can also produce literary lectures on demand. We're not entirely certain what situations would call for that, but for some quality literary infotainment hit us up! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 51 min
    BONUS: Agoraphobia 2019

    BONUS: Agoraphobia 2019

    In a special Halloween episode for Agoraphobia, Claude and Daniel discuss the origin and development of Gothic literature and the Goth aesthetic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 12 min

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mstrinko ,

Really wanted to love this

The thing is, if I was pitching a parody of right-on liberal guys in which they talk about how much they love Ursula K LeGuin & talk about 19th century African-American women poets "being under erasure" while a baby literally cries in the background & an unseen, unacknowledged person - probably a woman - takes care of its needs... My feminist friends woould reject it as too on the nose. I wanted to love the podcast & I probably will, but... Just pause the recording, tbh. I'm not trying to be the outraged Twitter feminist who knows everybody's domestic business, but that was an assonance that was really hard to get over.

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