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Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 60, Tracy Talks Lord of the Rings

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In her first solo episode, Tracy reflects on a lifetime of Tolkien addiction, her annual tradition of rewatching Peter Jackson’s homage, The Lord of the Rings, and the differences–both good and bad–between the books and the movies.

Show Notes:

The Lord of the Rings movies (FoTR | TTT | RoTK)

The Lord of the Rings

A Tolkienist’s Perspective blog

Sourcerer Blog’s first LOTR post

Tolkien vs. Jackson

Exhaustive list of books vs movie differences (highly recommend theonering.com for all things Tolkien)

A Dictionary of Tolkien

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Editorial |Anchors in Times of Transition

I’m sitting here on my bed (the same bed, in case you were interested; just in a different place), with my legs crossed.  “Indian style” we used to call it, before such terms were beneath us.  I know what I want to say, but I’m trying to find the words to say it.  Andrew, the staff writers, and I all avoid talking too much about our private lives.  We know you guys come to Therefore I Geek for witty analysis of geek news, reviews of the most recent comics, and cool anecdotes about comics history.  However, sometimes real life interferes.  Almost a year ago, I graduated from the College of William & Mary, and then took a ten week trip around Europe.  However, since then, I’ve been occupied by a temporary job and a LOT of job applications.  Six months after the end of my travels, I finally landed the job of my dreams.  There was only one problem.  It was in a big city, four hours away from home. Continue reading

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Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 43, Literary Influences Revisited

ettkc32bi8wz9e39qercIn which, Andrew and Tracy revisit the topic of literary influences.  We discover that most of Andrew’s are sci-fi books that have since been turned into movies, and that Tracy is a little too passionate about C. S. Lewis.  Also we get sidetracked on Hunter S. Thompson, the libertarian views of Robert Heinlein, and the bizarre scientific theory that led six men to take a balsa wood raft from Peru to the Polynesian islands (a trip that took 101 days) in 1947.

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Editorial | Why I Read Vonnegut

On an earlier podcast, I briefly mentioned the story of why I finally started reading Kurt Vonnegut. It’s actually a rather embarrassing story: I like watching repeats of Criminal Minds on Netflix while doing laundry (folding clothing is insanely boring and requires distraction). The show doesn’t always have the most erudite plotlines, but I found myself intrigued by and then identifying with the FBI agent Emily Prentiss. In the second season, she confessed to Agent Derrick Morgan that she was a “huge nerd” who loved to read Vonnegut, a fandom that they share. Continue reading

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