Originally, I was set to review and discuss Bryan Caplan’s book, The Myth of the Rational Voter, for the next show.  I have decided to put that off until November.  I plan on having a special guest join Dave and me for the discussion, and it could only be facilitated by moving the date of the show.

I have decided to do a burst of fiction.  I think I need a break from the real world, and I want to get to a creative and fun place for the next few episodes.  Being a lover of October, and Halloween in particular, I am taking the opportunity to explore some work of the creepy and fantastic.  I picked some things I could tie into my political and philosophical world view so the conversation isn’t void of any insight or nuance, but they revolve around the weird, supernatural, and fantastic.  It’s important to make time for imagination and entertainment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be intellectually stimulating.

The next show will be my top 5 Twilight Zone Episodes.  I have long been a lover of the 1959, and 1960 seasons of the science-fiction series, and I think it is just the topic to break things up and get us in the mood for October!  I am doing two shows in the spookiest month.  The first will be discussing the Richard Matheson classic, I am Legend, on which a few films have been based.  The second will be my first Halloween special!  For that I will be talking about The October Country, which is a collection of nineteen strange and scary short stories from the brilliant Ray Bradbury.  I will pick a few of the stories to talk about, and also discuss a few other creepy and iconic short stories like The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

I did’t pick these titles just because they are in the spirit of the season, but also because they are cerebral and interesting.  There are many different types of scary.  For me, it’s about stories which make you think, set against the backdrop of the supernatural and macabre.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy some pure fiction and holiday spirit with a dash of pumpkin-spiced, intellectual conversation.

That will get the us through October, then it’s right back to some more grounded work with, The Myth of the Rational Voter, and another work of non-fiction I will announce later.


Next episode – My Top 5 Twilight Zone Episodes

On deck – I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

In the hole – Halloween Special: Talking About The October Country by Ray Bradbury, and More!


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