12 RTB Presents “The Electro–Library” (with Jared Green)

In this warm summer episode, Elizabeth and John present a marvelous podcast, The Electro-Library, and they speak with one of its hosts and founders, Jared Green.


Elizabeth, Jared and John play snippets from a recent Electro-Library episode on the decidedly non-podcasty topic of photographs, and use it as a  springboard to discuss the different aesthetic experiences of radio, television, film, reading, audiobooks, and podcasts. Which are the easiest and which the hardest artworks to get lost in? Would Frankenstein’s monster be more popular as a podcaster than as a YouTuber? (The answer to that one seems most likely to be yes).

Eco’s Milanese gunman (not to be confused with veal milanese)

The conversation then turns to the difference between artworks that slide in at the ear and those that come in by eye. What kind of world-building is going on on Recall This Book? Which podcasts are like a Wagnerian gesamtkunstwerk and which are more Schubertian, semi-detached and conversational? Then, in Recallable Books, Jared recommends Barthes’s Camera Lucida, Elizabeth recommends the work of Sarah Lewis, and John recommends the Habitat podcast.

MSTY3k mystery science 5.19

[ Mystery Science Theater 3000 hovers over the whole episode, like a spirit moving upon the water…]


Discussed in this episode:

Lapham’s Quarterly

The Lover, Marguerite Duras

The Photograph,” Umberto Eco

Various audiobooks, John Le Carré

Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays, Robert Frost

The Most of P.G. Wodehouse, P.G. Wodehouse

The Dead,” James Joyce

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes

Aperture 223, “Vision and Justice,” ed. Sarah Lewis

The Habitat


Listen to the episode here:

(episode transcript available here: RTB Episode 12 Green 7.19 transcript )

Author: plotznik

I teach English (mainly the novel and Victorian literature) at Brandeis University, and live in Brookline.

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