E17: The Handmaid’s Tale, Pt. 1 “Carefully Constructed Lies”

This is episode 1 of 3 on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. In this novel (fictional memoir, rather), a quasi-Christian paramilitary cult has taken over the United States of America. Racists, misogynists, sectarian bigots, the Sons of Jacob perform a classically dystopian maneuver, subsuming the individual into the group identity and reducing the group to predictable functions. How much power to the bad guys really have to achieve their best of all possible worlds?

E16: Fahrenheit 451, Pt. 3 “Two Plus Two Make Four”

This is episode 3 of 3 on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Here, we go over the answers that Bradbury offers to dystopia. Montag puts off the old way of living and puts on the new, that of remembering and keeping old things. We explore the extensive biblical and Christian imagery in the last part of Fahrenheit 451. The Book People go back to help a nuked city rebuild, a city baptized by nuclear fire into facing the real world.

E15: Fahrenheit 451, Pt. 2 “Ungovernable Little Savages”

This is episode 2 of 3 on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The society described in this book casually resorts to extreme violence: violent entertainment and violence as entertainment. Violence lets out all the energy built up by idle living. If you don’t deal with the stuff within you, it will come out somehow! Everything getting easier but never the accomplishment of ease, and violence somehow makes it feel better for a while.

E14: Fahrenheit 451, Pt. 1 “Thousands of Memory Holes”

This is episode 1 of 3 on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. We talk about media as an opiate of the masses, people just want to feel good. The firemen don’t burn books because the government wants to oppress, people stopped reading a long time ago already. Minorities must not be offended, so all the offensive stuff goes up in flames. Nobody has tolerance for discomfort anymore, so they blast their brains with endless entertainment. Blind yourself to the truth, you can destroy yourself real quick.