October 23, 2018

7.2: The Ballad of Black Tom post-read: When is it appropriate to destroy the world?

Late but not never! Our post-read episode for Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom

We discuss the plot & many of the themes of the novel. Why do we think Black Tom such a better retelling of Lovecraft's story? What is psychological realism? Was an opportunity missed to include more immigrant characters? When are greivances such that ending the world is at least an understandable response? 

Resources mentioned in the podcast. Links on www.spectology.com:

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
- The LA Review of Books on Lovecraft retellings
- The Broken Earth Trilogy by NK Jemisin
- Blackkklansman by Spike Lee (out today on Digital Download!)
Passing by Nella Larson

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