With this new series, we will be exploring the works of legendary Japanese author, Haruki Murakami. We are starting things off by reading his newest short story collection, First Person Singular. In this episode, we are discussing the first story in the collection called “Cream.”
Today's episode discusses two more stories in Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace. First, we read and discuss his deeply disturbing flash fiction story, Incarnation of Burned Children. This one comes with a trigger warning as the imagery and subject matter are incredibly traumatic. The second story, Another Pioneer, offers a meditation on storytelling, knowledge, self-consciousness, societal evolution, and societal destruction. We cover this complex story and touch upon post-modernism, AI, the burden of knowledge, the breakdown of society, and many, many other things. This might just be our favorite episode of this series!