Narwhal Party

09/26/2010, 9:07 am
Filed under: Words | Tags: , ,

Oh, for the love of RadioLab. If you haven’t subscribed to (and gone back to listen to every previous episode of) the RadioLab podcast, I pity you. There, I said it. If you are unfamiliar, RadioLab takes relatively scientific topics, dissects them, and scrutinizes them from all angles. There is fantastic audio post-production and an accessible story-minded approach (like a Discovery Channel This American Life). Check out for downloads, additional stories, and some accompanying videos. Here is the companion video for the episode, “Words.”

Atmospheric Disturbances
03/26/2010, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Books | Tags: , , ,

The always wonderful RadioLab podcast ran a short story on Capgras–a disorder in which a person believes a friend or relative has been replaced by an identical looking impostor. You can stream it here, or just subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. I highly recommend spending some time with their earlier episodes.

The episode immediately reminded me of Atmospheric Disturbances, the wonderful debut novel from Rivka Galchen. The narrator suffers from Capgras, or something like it, believing that his wife has been replaced by a doppelganger. It’s an engaging experience with an unreliable narrator that involves conspiracy theories about meteorology, Argentina, and secret societies…I highly recommend it. Here’s a “book trailer” for it: