Rereading the Stone is a weekly discussion of historical Chinese literature, philosophy, and poetry, currently focusing on the Qing dynastic Classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong lou meng 紅樓夢) also known as Story of the Stone (Shitou ji 石頭記).
Ep. 54: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 25 part 2/2
Things get weird when Mother Ma throws down a surprisingly efficacious curse. Xifeng starts slaughtering miscellaneous animals, and Baoyu is consumed by suicidal ideation. We discuss the fortuitous, surprising reappearance of the Daoist priest and Buddhist monk, and Baoyu’s relationship to, and identity with, his magical, metafictional jade.
Ep. 53: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 25 part 1/2
A time of danger, with molten wax and curses raining down on Baoyu! We discuss Aunt Zhao’s resentment, Mother Ma’s sesame oil subscription service, and the sublime, surprising role of the supernatural in this chapter of Dream of the Red Chamber 紅樓夢.
Ep 52: Hong lou meng review episode (Ch. 13-24)
Our second twelve-chapter review episode, chapters 13-24. A great chance to review one's rereading, with some fresh takes thrown in for good measure.
Ep. 51: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 24 part 2/2
We continue discussing Jia Yun’s perilous navigation of our constellation of stars, while Baoyu from an empty center thirsts for tea and attention.
Ep. 50: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 24 part 1/2
Let’s talk Jia Yun, a distant and poorer member of the extended Jia universe. How does this peripheral player navigate our constellation of stars? Would you take a loan from a drunken, violence-prone moneylender in order to bribe Wang Xifeng? Likewise, we observe the maids attending Baoyu viciously vying for the most favorable orbits.
Episode 49 Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 23 part 2/2
In this episode, we finish our read-through of Baoyu’s seasonal poems, empathizing common themes and images. Meanwhile Baoyu has newly procured scandalous romantic literature and has snuck a few texts into the garden, including the famous Xixiang ji 西廂記 Romance of the Western Chamber. Join us for one of the most iconic moments of Dream of the Red Chamber, Baoyu and Daiyu comparing different methods for taking care of fallen flowers. What undercurrents can be traced? What explosions of love and life are here represented and sublimated?
I enjoyed this opportunity to learn more about Chinese literature, culture and history. Enjoy the rapport between Kevin and William.
this podcast is honestly too good
They even added oracle bone script 甲骨文 to the picture! It reads 風月寶鑑. Such attention to detail! And... send review.