Episode 1 - Friday 1st January 2021
Simon and Kiera chat about what it means to be a good or bad reader and why it’s time to reassess what reading habits and preferences we give value to. In this podcast, we talk about guilty pleasures, eye-tracking technology and chaotic neutral reading, and consider whether audiobooks, subtitled movies and news articles count as reading.
Books, authors, and other cultural artefacts discussed
- The D&D grid we referred to is @LillyDancyger’s.
- Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code
- Saving and tracking articles read on Pocket
- Nielsen’s eye-tracking research
- OneZero, a Medium publication about technology
- Eric Barker’s Barking up the Wrong Tree
- The replication crisis in psychology
- Dig! History podcast, ‘Doctor, Healer, Midwife, Witch: How the Women’s Health Movement Created the Myth of the Midwife Witch’.
- Malcolm Gladwell and his reliance on the much-criticised ‘broken windows’ theory of criminology
- The New Yorker
- The lovely narrative tweets Kiera mentioned are by @MirandaKeeling
- Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds and the Immersive Experience
- Philip Zimbardo’s 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment has been a staple of psychology teaching, but in 2018 interviews with participants in a book by Thibault Le Texier revealed serious problems with the way the study had been set up and executed.
- BUtterfield 8
- The Princess Bride
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
- Blade Runner
- Misummer Night's Dream
- Twelfth Night
- Comedy of Errors
- Emma - including Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.
- Amy Heckerling’s Clueless and Jim O'Hanlon’s BBC adaptation
- Vanessa Kisuule’s poem about the Edward Colston statue in Bristol coming down, 'Hollow'
- Verlyn Klinkenberg’s Several Short Sentences about Writing
- We slightly misremembered the categories in the netural, evil reading grid. Kiera is not in fact ‘neutral evil’, which would require her to have only 2-3 books on the go at once, whereas she’s never outside of a ‘chaotic’ 4+. However, this year she just about tips into chaotic neutral rather than chaotic evil.
- Witch trials took place in Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries, peaking in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, so Kiera’s hesitant '16th century' was correct!
- Simon erroneously referred to the Stanford Prison experiment as the Milgram experiment.
- Kiera didn’t misquote the opening line of Rebecca per se. It actually uses the form 'dreamt' rather than 'dreamed', which she knows, but it's one of those contractions she cannot, for no very good reason, abide.
Books mentioned and discussed:
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