Ep. 25: Her Dystopias Are Bonkers

Ep. 25: Her Dystopias Are Bonkers

Episode 25, ‘Her dystopias are bonkers’, on Margaret Atwood

This week Dave and Steve help Paper Street Theatre prepare for their upcoming show on Margaret Atwood by taking a journey through her science fiction novels.

Show Notes

  • Intro Clip: The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • The Style Guide, where you come for your hot takes on continental geography.
  • Dave begins using the phrase “great Canadian author” — and does not stop for the next sixty minutes.
  • Dave says “prosaic”. He does not mean that at all so he makes up a word instead.
  • Be warned, Dave and Steve offer brief spoilers about Moby Dick.
  • Dave suggests Atwood is the Stanley Kubrick of the CanLit world.
  • Hey Steve, isn’t the definition of a dystopia really just an allegorical story set sometime in the future?
  • In case anyone is curious, Orson Wells did not write 1984.
  • How much science is needed to make a science fiction pie?
  • Dave makes a Mary Poppins reference.
  • The Third Hand Tale?
  • Wow, Steve, you read Ulysses. That’s so impressive. Tell us more.
  • Steve shows he’s in the pocket of Big Business.
  • Dave and Steve bring their own experiences to their reading of The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • If reading Atwood is washing the dishes, then is The Style Guide shovelling snow?
  • We get it, Steve. You think you’re smart.
  • Hi Amy Gruber!
  • Dave throws a sentence.
  • Apparently “the feels” really only dates back to March 30th, 2012. Dave and Steve are almost hip.
  • Steve thinks he’s better than Margaret Atwood.