Intropunktory Episode

For this introductory episode of the podcast I'm in conversation with Literary Punk’s inaugural guest: Dr Justin Clemens, Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. We talk about pulp SF and Hamlet, Kafka’s punk insect and the trigger warnings proposed for American universities. We riff on the radical nature of beauty and its relationship to the power of great literature.

Literary Punk is a show which focuses on a different work of literature each episode; on what these works express that makes exciting sense or nonsense in our current culture. In terms of style you should think punk, highly entertaining fresh conversation about these texts and the connections I'll be making, rather than a lecture to the good citizens of the Parkville Library. I'm interested in people getting a chance to connect with the excitement of literary works, feel confident they can read the texts and explore the ideas for themselves.

The podcast will discuss one­-off, each episode, a different book, play, story or essay; Literary examples chosen from all genres of writing, and free ranging over voices, cultures, histories, revolutions. I will invite in a guest for each show, someone entertaining and outspoken; another scholar or a local writer, a poet, a punk, a painter, a playwright, an actor who can read alongside me in a Chekhov play. It's always good to keep it interdisciplinary, mix up the approaches of say writing and painting, drama and sound sculpture, or the novel and psychoanalysis, poetry and Japanese landscape design.

This is a podcast for all comers: hence the punk / DIY thing. Where possible I'll post links to free online PDF copies of the books and plays, so that you the listeners can read along at home. Check for links and other reference materials, including definitions of literary terms, posted each month in advance on the podcast blog of the same name, so you know what we’re reading for and talking about. Each episode will be launched on the 1st Thursday of the month. (Next episode’s text will be Shakespeare’s Macbeth.)