Episodes

  • BLAH 62 | A Game of Thrones Revisited

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    The Boiled Leather Audio Hour goes back to the beginning! Sean & Stefan kick off their great A Song of Ice and Fire reread project with an episode dedicated entirely to A Game of Thrones, the novel that started it all. What did George R.R. Martin do as a writer to distinguish his work from the epic fantasy hordes? How has he changed as a writer since? Which elements turned out to matter, which didn’t, and which are we still scratching our heads about? The answers to all these questions, plus our takes on all the major characters (teaser: Sean compares Ned Stark to the Dude from The Big Lebowski), await you in this episode!DOWNLOAD EPISODE 62Additional links:Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 61 | The Boiled Leather Children’s Hour

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    BLAH is for the children! In this episode, Sean and Stefan take a look at two issues uniquely relevant to the younger characters of A Song of Ice and Fire: bullying and education. Inspired by our recent re-reads of A Game of Thrones, our conversation touches on the pervasiveness of verbal and physical bullying, the degree to which it is or isn’t encouraged by adults, and how the ideas passed on to children by their parents and teachers through the official education system (for nobles, anyway) impact those receiving them. It’s a topic close to our hearts, and to our understanding of what the whole series is really about. Enjoy!DOWNLOAD EPISODE 61And remember, if you like what you hear, subscribe to our Patreon to hear more of it via our subscriber-exclusive Boiled Leather Audio Moment mini-podcast!Additional links:BLAH 09: Our episode on violence against children.BLAH 11: Our episode on sexualized violence and violence against women (with Alyssa Rosenberg).The latest BLAM mini-episode (click to subscribe).Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).The Kickstarter for Sean’s new book, MIRROR MIRROR II.Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 60 | How the West Was Young: The Young Pope & Westworld

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    When the game of thrones comes to an end? That’s the unspoken question at the heart of Sean & Stefan’s discussion of HBO’s two most high-profile drama debuts of the past year, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope and Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy’s Westworld. These two prestige-TV series present two very different paths for the future of the New Golden Age of TV, and offer many points of comparison with current standard-bearer Game of Thrones itself. Go in-depth on their strengths and weaknesses—and trust us, one is much stronger than the other—in one of our biggest and, dare we say it, best episodes yet!DOWNLOAD EPISODE 60And remember, if you like what you hear, subscribe to our Patreon to hear more of it via our subscriber-exclusive Boiled Leather Audio Moment mini-podcast!Additional links:Sean’s reviews of The Young Pope.Sean’s reviews of Westworld.The latest BLAM mini-episode (click to subscribe).Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 59 | Political Special: Trump, Week One

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Our last episode isn’t even a week old and our most recent BLAM subscriber-exclusive episode isn’t even a day old, but events are moving so quickly in America right now, and have such resonance with our interests as readers, writers, and thinkers, that we’re back already with an extra podcast for the month. Returning to the real-world political themes of past episodes on the 2016 presidential election and the Third Reich, Sean and Stefan discuss the stunning first week of the Trump regime. Drawing comparisons to past strains of fascist and authoritarian start, we attempt to predict what’s coming from Trump, his supporters, and his opponents; debate the efficacy of institutionalism versus radical change; and search for signs of hope. Sean also calls for a general strike to remove Trump from office, so that’s exciting. DOWNLOAD EPISODE 59And remember, if you like what you hear, subscribe to our Patreon to hear more of it via our subscriber-exclusive Boiled Leather Audio Moment mini-podcast. Our BLAH episode on the election.Our BLAH episode on the Third Reich.The latest BLAM mini-episode (click to subscribe).Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 58 | Rogue One: A Star Wars Podcast

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Rebellions are built on hope, and this episode of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour is built on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! Stefan and Sean continue their exploration of that galaxy far, far away with a look at Gareth Edwards’s stand-alone contribution to the Star Wars cinematic universe. How does it stack up against The Force Awakens? What’s the impact of its countless cameos and Easter eggs on the one hand and its unprecedented-for-the-franchise story structure on the other? How do we feel about Edwards’s handling of action, character, setting, performance, and the all important “toyetic” factor? Hit play and find out!DOWNLOAD EPISODE 58And remember, if you like what you hear, subscribe to our Patreon to hear more of it via our subscriber-exclusive Boiled Leather Audio Moment mini-podcast!Our BLAH episode on the prequel trilogy.Our BLAH episode on The Force Awakens.Sean’s article comparing Rogue One to TFA for Rolling Stone.Sean’s list of the 57 Greatest Star Wars moments for Vulture.Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 57 | A Long Time Ago: The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    This New Year’s Eve, ring in the coming year the old-fashioned way: Listen to Sean and Stefan talk about George Lucas’s Star Wars prequel trilogy for 80 minutes! For the final BLAH of 2016, we’re tackling one of our most frequently requested topics and going long on Episodes I, II, and III of the blockbuster franchise: 1999’s The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Attack of the Clones, and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. An all but universally accepted punching bag for much of the decade since it brought the curtain down on the early adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker et al, the prequel trilogy has seen something of a change of critical fortune at since dawn of the Disney era and its crowd-pleasing kick-off The Force Awakens. With another prequel, Rogue One, now in theaters (though Stefan hasn’t seen it, so shhhhh no spoilers), we thought it would be the perfect time to discuss Lucas’s uneven but ambitious auteurist prequel saga in depth, movie by movie. Are they the Fall of the Republic–level disasters they’re made out to be, or do they have an artistic Force worth reckoning with? Listen in and find out!DOWNLOAD EPISODE 57PLUS! With this episode of BLAH, our 14th this year, we’re pleased to announce the start of a new series of subscriber-only mini-episodes beginning this January! For the low low price of a monthly $1 contribution to the Boiled Leather Audio Hour Patreon, you’ll receive exclusive monthly podcasts focused squarely on A Song of Ice and Fire (with a bit of Game of Thrones mixed in, we suspect, but mostly the books) and derived from listener questions. It’s our way of saying thank you to those of you who’ve subscribed this year and thus made recording these so much easier for us—and, we hope, a tempting offer for those of you who haven’t yet taken the plunge. Visit our Patreon page, pitch in, and get in on the ground floor! And now back to your regularly scheduled BLAH. Happy Holidays!Additional links:Jesse Hassenger’s essay on the prequels for the AV Club.Roderick Heath’s essay on the prequels for Ferdy on Films.Sean’s list of the 57 Greatest Star Wars Moments for Vulture (warning: Rogue One spoilers).Sean’s list of Carrie Fisher’s 10 Greatest ‘Star Wars’ Moments for Rolling Stone (warning: Rogue One spoilers).Our BLAH episode on The Force Awakens.Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 56 | Election Special

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Sean and Stefan discuss the election of white nationalist Donald Trump as President of the United States of America.DOWNLOAD EPISODE 56Additional links:Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 55 | Forecasting The Winds of Winter, Part 3: The South

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    We’ve tackled the North and the lands of Essos. Now our popular series of podcasts predicting the events of The Winds of Winter returns with a look at what Northern partisans such as ourselves would call “the South” — aka the rest(eros) of Westeros! With our usual emphasis on thematic and narrative resonance — and our usual caveat that this is all just fun speculation — we’re offering our theories on the fates of every major player and region. What does Book Six hold in store for our POV characters Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister, Jon Connington, Arianne Martell, Brienne of Tarth, Jaime Lannister, Areo Hotah (hey, blame George), Samwell Tarly, and Aeron “the Damphair” Greyjoy? What about key supporting cast members like Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, the Tyrells, the Faith Militant, Doran Martell, the Sand Snakes, (f)Aegon Targaryen, Varys, Catelyn “Lady Stoneheart” Stark, Brynden “the Blackfish” Tully, Tommen and Myrcella Lannister, Walder Frey, and so on? What fates will befall King’s Landing, Oldtown, Highgarden, Storm’s End, Sunspear, and Casterly Rock? And of course, where and when will the Others and the dragons strike first? We’re taking our best guesses. See what you think!DOWNLOAD EPISODE 55Additional links:Forecasting The Winds of Winter, Part 1: The NorthForecasting The Winds of Winter, Part 2: EssosOur Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 54 | Book of the Stranger Things

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    We’re turing the podcast Upside Down this episode with an in-depth discussion of Stranger Things, the hit summer thriller series from Netflix and the Duffer Brothers. Wearing its many, many genre influences on its sleeve so proudly that said sleeves might as well have had “STEVEN SPIELBERG” and “STEPHEN KING” directly embroidered on them, the show gave its fans an ‘80s nostalgia fix like few others. But is there more to the whole than the sum of its parts? Sean and Stefan explore that question at length, touching on related issues such as the nature of horror, the hegemony of nerd culture, the ever-increasing prominence of the ‘80s in contemporary entertainment, and of course the show’s similarities with and differences from the approach to genre taken by A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. Grab your D&D dice and roll for initiative with us!DOWNLOAD EPISODE 54Additional links:Sean’s essay on Stranger Things for Vulture.Emily Yoshida’s key tweet about the show.Chris Ott’s Shallow Rewards podcast, featuring a two-parter with Sean.Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohour.Our PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 53 | The Theory of Everything: Analyzing Popular Theories from a Narrative & Thematic Perspective, Part II (A Patreon Production)

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    One of our most requested episode formats is back, thanks to our loyal patrons! Subscribers to our Patreon have selected the topic of this episode, a sequel to a much-loved previous installment in which we took a look at prominent fan theories not just in terms of whether they’re possible or even plausible, but whether they make sense in the framework of the kind of story George R.R. Martin is trying to tell and his overall vibe as a writer. This time around, the individual topics have been pitched in by our patrons as well, and there’s a wide range, from what we think happened at Summerhall to whether we believe Bran is essentially a godlike figure to which fool we like best. Give it a listen, and if you like what you here, become a Patreon contributor so you can select future podcast topics yourself!Download Episode 53Additional links:The Theory of Everything, Part IOur Vulture article on the biggest fan theoriesOur Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 52 | The BLAH Salon: Adult Swim’s Jason DeMarco

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Our special interview series returns at last! This episode, Sean & Stefan are pleased to welcome Jason DeMarco, Senior Vice President/Creative Director for Adult Swim On-Air. Jason’s worn many hats at the venerable nighttime animation/live-action/surrealist powerhouse: He’s the co-creator of its anime/action block Toonami, the person responsible for the network’s distinctive promos, and the unofficial “musical director” for both Adult Swim’s on-air sound and the albums and singles it’s released from a variety of hip-hop, electronic, and rock acts. He’s also a longtime fan of both A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. Jason joined us for a wide-ranging discussion of the books, the show, the network, the seismic changes television has seen during his 20-year career, the connections between animation and comics, how those fields are viewed in America, Japan, and Europe respectively, the difference between European-American fantasy and its Japanese-genre counterpart, and much more. Cue up your Run the Jewels records and listen in!Download Episode 52Additional links:Jason on TwitterJason on ask.fmAdult SwimSean’s article on the legacy of Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Adult SwimOur Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 51 | The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Post-Game Show

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Like Arya Stark joining the kitchen staff at the Twins, we’re just gonna get right down to business here: This episode, Sean & Stefan discuss the just-concluded sixth season of Game of Thrones, from the finale on down, for a full (boiled leather audio) hour. As a special bonus made possible by our Patreon subscribers, Stefan’s got a new mic, which means this ep sounds better than we ever have before. Enjoy!Download Episode 51Additional links:Sean’s overview of Season 6.Sean’s review of the finale.Sean’s ranking of all 60 episodes.Links to all of Sean’s Game of Thrones writing.Stefan’s review of the finale.Stefan’s Game of Thrones tag.Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 50 | Aeron, Euron, It’s On

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Undoubtedly timed to coincide with our landmark 50th episode, George R.R. Martin has released, or rather read, a brand new sample chapter from The Winds of Winter, and Sean & Stefan are tackling it in our third podcast in a month! Suitably, it’s a biggie: Entitled “The Forsaken,” it’s told from the perspective of Aeron “the Damphair” Greyjoy as he’s held prisoner by his increasingly frightening brother Euron Crow’s Eye. How does this chapter function as prophecy, as plot mover, as horror fiction, as Lovecraftian homage? How far are we willing to go with predictions as to what it all means for the future? What is Euron’s true motivation? Is the apocalypse now? Listen and find out!Download Episode 50Additional links:“The Forsaken” (Aeron I) preview chapter from The Winds of WinterPoor Quentyn’s Euron Greyjoy posts.Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 49 | We Need to Talk About Hodor: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Six (feat. Poor Quentyn)

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Sean and Stefan are joined by a very special guest to talk about a very special episode! Emmett Booth, the ASoIaF analyst behind the widely read Poor Quentyn tumblr and a maester at ASoIaF University, hops aboard the BLAH train to discuss the shocking revelations of “The Door,” this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, and use this mid-point opportunity to take stock of the season thus far. What do the secret origins of the White Walkers and Hodor mean for both the show and the books? What does the current political status quo portend for the future, in terms of both plot and theme? What’s wrong with the Game of Thrones critical discourse? Is the show…evil? We’re answering all these questions and more. If you like what you hear, subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes to help the Boiled Leather Rebellion emerge victorious!Download Episode 49Additional links:Poor Quentyn’s tumblr.Stefan’s review of the episode.Sean’s review of the episode.Sean’s “halftime report” for the season.Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com).Our iTunes page.Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 48 | Arianne Nation

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    We’re analyzing the new sample chapter from The Winds of Winter available at GeorgeRRMartin.com this week, and it’s all about Arianne Martell! In this episode of BLAH, Sean & Stefan investigate the latest sneak preview of the next volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, which Martin has previously read aloud at live appearances, as it takes us further into the future adventures of the Princess of Dorne. What do her discoveries tell us about Aegon and Jon Connington’s invasion? What do they portend for the South now that it’s torn between so many rival forces: Lannister, Tyrell, Faith Militant, Martell, the Golden Company, potential Targaryen loyalists, and who knows what else? And what do they teach us about Arianne herself? In just under half an hour we tackle everything from the likely condition of the Seven Kingdoms when the Others invade to whether or not releasing this chapter was a subtweet of the show’s handling of Dorne and more. Enjoy!Download Episode 48Additional links:The Arianne sample chapter at GeorgeRRMartin.com.Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com)Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.iTunes page.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 47 | Ice and Blackfyre (A Patreon Production)

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    What impact did the Blackfyre Rebellion have on the characters of A Song of Ice and Fire’s view of bastards? What impact might the Blackfyre Rebellion have had on our understanding of those views, had these civil wars of succession been introduced earlier in the series? What role will they play now that they’ve entered the story in a relatively big way, via “Young Griff” and Varys, The World of Ice and Fire, and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms? They’re good questions – so good, in fact, that we didn’t think them up ourselves at all. This episode, we’re tackling a topic specifically chosen for us by Rosie Gleeson of Dublin, Ireland, our first Patreon subscriber to donate at the $50 a month level. This earns her an episode of her own choosing, and so at her request we’ll be delving into the Blackfyres, bastardry, and both the in-story and meta reasons for Martin’s treatment of both. Thank you so much for your generosity, Rosie! And if any of you other listeners would like that kind of clout – or would care to pitch it at any level at all – our Patreon page is still accepting donations to make this a better podcast. Thanks for listening, and for supporting us any way you choose! (Moral support counts.)Download Episode 47Additional links:Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com)Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.iTunes page.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 46 | Forecasting The Winds of Winter, Part 2: Essos

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    We’re going back to the future with part two of our all-predictions podcast series on The Winds of Winter! This time around we’re traveling to Essos to speculate as to what Volume Six of A Song of Ice and Fire has in store for our old friends, from Braavos to Meereen. What fate will befall the five POV characters currently located east of Westeros—Arya, Barristan, Victarion, Tyrion, and Daenerys? What about supporting players like Jorah Mormont, Moqorro, and Marwyn the Mage? (Forgot about him, didn’t you?) Then, of course, there’s the matter of the dragons to consider, and consider them we do. It winds up being a wide-ranging discussion of lands near and far, futures immediate and distant. Guess along with us!This episode also features an update on our fundraisers, both our emergency PayPal fund to help fix Sean’s broken laptop and our Patreon drive, where your monthly subscription/donation can help guarantee more episodes, better sound quality, topics of your choosing, and more. We greatly appreciate all our donors and patrons so far, and if you think the podcast’s worth a few bucks a month, we’d be so grateful for you to join their ranks!Download Episode 46Additional links:Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com)Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.iTunes page.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 45 | Forecasting The Winds of Winter, Part 1: The North

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    If fools rush in where angels fear to tread, then we’re about to pull a Patchface: We’re foolishly forecasting the events of The Winds of Winter in our new episode! The start of a series, this installment sees us attempting to predict what’s in store for the North in volume six of A Song of Ice and Fire. What fate awaits our POV characters—Bran, Davos, Melisandre, Asha, Theon, and of course Jon Snow? How will things shake out for supporting characters like Rickon, Osha, Hodor, Tormund Giantsbane, Wyman Manderly, the Reeds, and the Boltons? What will happen at Hardhome, Winterfell, the Wall? Like everyone who isn’t George R.R. Martin, we have no freaking idea, but it’s fun to guess, and our best guesses await! (NOTE: We do refer on occasion to the TWoW preview chapters Martin has published or read aloud, so be warned!)But wait, there’s more! This episode also includes the formal announcement of two new fundraising drives for the podcast. The first is our new Patreon page, where you can pledge to pitch in a few dollars a month to help keep the podcast running. The podcast will always be free, but even a little money per month will make it easier for us to record more frequently and with better equipment. There are also some cool goals and rewards, so please check it out!Our second fundraiser involves a more urgent concern: Sean’s laptop screen was recently shattered in a mishap involving his kids’ Wii controllers, and replacing it is an expensive proposition on a fulltime-freelancer’s salary. So we’re opening the coffers at our PayPal donation page. A one-time donation of any amount will help Sean revive the computer he uses to work and record—a real necessity. Again, any amount helps. Thank you so much for your generosity, and enjoy the episode!Download Episode 45Additional links:Our Patreon page at patreon.com/boiledleatheraudiohourOur PayPal donation page (also accessible via boiledleather.com)Mirror.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.iTunes page.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 44 | A Year of Ice and Fire with Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    Prepare for a guided tour of The World of Ice and Fire! The co-authors of George R.R. Martin’s ambitious sourcebook for A Song of Ice and Fire — and longtime friends of the podcast — Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson join us to talk about the book, which hit stores in time for the holiday season one year ago. Beginning with a look back over TWoIaF’s reception over the past year, our chat ranges from a discussion of fanfiction to the influence of Lovecraft and Howard; the way using in-world maesters as narrators shaped the writing; the material left on the cutting room floor to avoid spoiling future stories—and the stuff inserted to lay the groundwork for them; and, of course, what’s up with the Deep Ones. And we close with the big question: Are there future collaborations on the history of the setting in store?Download Episode 44Additional links:Mirror.Our first episode on the book.Our roundtable discussion of it with Steven Attewell and Amin Javadi.Sean’s Rolling Stone piece on the book.Sean’s essay on the Deep Ones.Stefan’s Tower of the Hand piece on the book.George, Elio, and Linda’s promotional appearance in Stockholm.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.iTunes page.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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  • BLAH 43 | Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or Episode Seven Kingdoms

    · The Boiled Leather Audio Hour

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Sean and Stefan discuss the new Star Wars movie! Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Jedi mind tricked us into dedicating this episode of our A Song of Ice and Fire podcast to an entirely different fantasy franchise. How did the film fit in with larger saga? How did J.J. Abrams’s direction differ from George Lucas’s? Is Rey a Mary Sue, and if so, how does that impact the film? What the hell was up with Starkiller Base? We answer all these questions and more, including a discussion of the film’s cinematography, the performances of its actors, the pros and cons of the characters, and even a few connections to the world of Westeros. I’ve got a good feeling about this…Download Episode 43Additional links:Mirror.Stefan’s review of the movie.Tasha Robinson’s essay on Rey.Previous episodes.Podcast RSS feed.iTunes page.Sean’s blog.Stefan’s blog.

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