It’s a bright cold day in December and the clocks are striking…one, I guess. With the recent elections and all the politics talk, we figured the time was right to cover the oft-referenced George Orwell classic, 1984. Enjoy!
We at Pop Culture Footnotes have so much to be thankful for this year, so we are keeping up with our now-yearly tradition of hosting a Thank Party to celebrate the pop culture-related stuff we’re grateful for.
And while we’re on the subject of thanks, we wanted to say thank you again to all of our many contributors from the past year (many of whom are on this episode!). Without you and your expertise, Shannon and Courtenay would be completely and utterly lost.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Ve vant to suck your blood! In part two of our Tana double header, the PCF crew discusses that age old question: “What makes a vampire a vampire?” Can they handle direct sunlight? Are they susceptible to stakes, garlic, and/or decapitation? We try to get to the bottom of it all by discussing the many ways vampires are depicted in pop culture.
In this new episode, we’re joined by our resident children’s literature expert Heidi to talk about children’s author Roald Dahl. We discuss the life, work, and impact of this great man and share some of our top favorite moments from his books.
To be or not to be? That is the question—at least according to William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This week, we’re joined by Erin to discuss the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, as well as notable adaptations, parodies, and references.
This week, we explore Ian Fleming, the man turned spy turned novelist. Join us as Courtenay attempts to stump Shannon with Ian Fleming trivia and we talk about the fascinating details of the man who created the most most widely recognized spy franchise of all time.
How’d you do on our Fleming trivia questions? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
Join Courtenay, Shannon, and special guest Jenn as we dive into The English Patient this week. We discuss both the book and the film, contemplate the overall skeeziness of all the characters, and generally ponder the question: “How in the heck did this movie win so many awards?” You don’t have to be English to watch this movie, but you sure do need to be patient.