Monthly Archives: April 2011

ATOMIC BARK!

Thursday 28th April, 7 – 8pm (GMT) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com) with podcasts to follow soon

Kaleidoscopic Cult of Kafka

A delve into the dark, bizarre recesses of the life and work of Franz Kafka. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, his unique literary output, with its themes of alienation, paranoia, obsessiveness, persecution and existential ennui, only make him seem more of an enigma. From his troubled, early life as an insurance clerk, to his failed relationships, through to his weird, out-of-this-world fiction, exemplified by the sublime The Trial and Metamorphosis, we will scrutinise the extraordinary phenomenon of Franz Kafka.

Hosted by James DC, with guests John Riley and Lee Hill. Repeated Tuesday 3rd May, 1pm (GMT) with podcasts later…

Clip: A Country Doctor (2007, Koji Yamamura)

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ATOMIC BARK!

Thursday 21st April, 2011, 7 – 8pm (GMT) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com) Repeated on Tuesday 26th April at 1pm, with podcasts to follow

Zombie Zero Apocalypse

A critical dissection of the seemingly rotten and dead-in-the-water zombie genre. From the beginnings of the zombie mythology in literature and the pulp magazines, through to the films in the 1930′s and 1940′s, the high-water mark of the groundbreaking George A Romero films like Night of the Living Dead, up to the mass infiltration into mainstream popular culture, with computer games, comics, kiddies lunch boxes, and The Walking Dead TV series. Why are we so fascinated by these fictional tortured corpses, and what does the metaphor say about the human condition?

Hosted by James DC, with guests Ben Slotover, Mark Stafford, Amy Cutler

Clip : Sugar Hill (Paul Maslansky, 1974)

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ATOMIC BARK!

Thursday 14th April, 2011, 7 – 8pm (GMT) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com)

Pulp Art Panopticon

An appreciative exploration of the Golden Age of pulp science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine art and illustration, looking at the classic illustrators like Virgil Finlay, Hannes Bok, Richard Powers, Bruce Pennington, Chriss Foss and others who regularly graced the covers of such legendary books like Weird Tales and Astounding Science Fiction. Why are these talented, revolutionary draughtsmen not considered ‘serious’ or ‘real’ artists, in comparison to their ‘fine art’ contemporaries?

Hosted by James DC, with guests Mike Lake and Mark Stafford.

It will be repeated on Tuesday 19th April at 1pm (GMT) with podcasts to come later

Clip: Visions of the Future, Part 2.

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ATOMIC BARK!

Thursday 7th April, 2011, 7 – 8pm (GMT) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com)

Dystopian Distortians and Unnerving Utopias

As we possibly edge closer towards our own worldwide environmental disaster, an exploration of the two opposing forms of future possible worlds – the Utopia and the Dystopia. Which is closer to the truth, and how have the historical precedents of these concepts, like Thomas Moore’s ‘Utopia’ and John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ influenced the actual construction of governments, cities and civilisations over the centuries; leading to such seemingly prescient, classic fictions such as Orwell’s 1984, and Huxley’s Brave New World?

Hosted by James DC, with guests Howard Aggregate and Ben Slotover. Look out for repeats and podcasts later on…

Clip from The Last Battle (Luc Besson, 1983)

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