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The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Facepalm America: Ugly Sweaters, Igor Volsky, and the Anti-Vaxx Borax Bath

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 63:57


It's a new podcast from the producer of The Rick Ungar Show... Facepalm America. Facepalm America looks at the news from a perspective similar to the one you hear on The Rick Ungar Show, but in a slightly more comedic and unfettered way. So check out this episode of Facepalm America and for more episodes, search for Facepalm America on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Or go to bit.ly/facepalmpod This episode: Beowulf speaks with Gene Ludwig of the Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity and why the unemployment rate doesn't make sense, talks with Igor Volsky of Guns Down America about the new Oath Keeper on the NRA board of directors, and why you should NOT take a bath in borax to unvaxx yourself.

Horror Hill: A Horror Anthology and Scary Stories Series Podcast
S5E09 - "Connor: A Beowulf Tale" - Horror Hill

Horror Hill: A Horror Anthology and Scary Stories Series Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 47:19


Welcome to Season 05, Episode 09. My name is Erik Peabody, temporarily hosting for Jason Hill- and it's my pleasure to bring you tonight's story. Inspired by the classic Tale of "Beowulf" author Justin Vinbel decided to write a Beowulf-like story and character based in the modern day. To watch the podcast on YouTube: http://bit.ly/ChillingEntertainmentYT Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast for free wherever you're listening or by using this link: https://bit.ly/HorrorHillPodcast If you like the show, telling a friend about it would be amazing! You can text, email, Tweet, or send this link to a friend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Story Hole
Scary Hole 135: Cookie Monster

Story Hole

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 34:30


Remember when Grendel's mom attacked Beowulf for killing her son? That was a case of a monster being more reasonable than scary. We're going to take a look at another honest, decent monster this week, Sesame Street's Cookie Monster! Work up your appetite and take a big bite of this week's episode. Maybe by the time it's over, you'll finally know what C stands for!

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Early Christmas Decorations And More: With Your Calls

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 20:06


Beowulf takes extra heaps of your audience calls to get ready for Thanksgiving, though we like our holidays one at a time. Please hold off on the Christmas decorations until December!

The MODUS Files - A Fallout 76 Enclave Podcast Series

It's been almost a year since Vault 76 opened and the residents found themselves in an Appalachia none of them recognized. The Scorched have loomed large over everything in the region...even as the Vaulters struggled to begin rebuilding. The New Enclave has risen at the Whitespring and spread its influence. But now, after Sunnytop, the Colonel realizes they are no longer alone, and the Scorched must be dealt with before these newcomers are exposed, infected, and carry the plague to the world. We now learn the history of Operation Beowulf and set the stage for what is to come...a battle to decide whether Appalachia belonged to humanity or the monsters.

New Arrivals: A Socially-Distanced Book Tour
Alexis Fajardo graphic novel 'Kid Beowulf' goes to Rome

New Arrivals: A Socially-Distanced Book Tour

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 2:28


Santa Rosa author Alexis Fajardo reads from his new graphic novel, "Kid Beowulf – The Tarpeian Rock." It's the fourth in the series and it's all about history, mythology, and the founding of Rome.

Damn Chocobo: Another Final Fantasy Podcast
Damn Chocobo Episode 113: Final Fantasy Tactics part 9

Damn Chocobo: Another Final Fantasy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 84:46


After opening with some thoughts on the Sephiroth character and how he's been handled (and possibly will be handled in the future) along with some upcoming Disney + announcements - 24 minutes into the episode we finally get to talking about Final Fantasy Tactics. Featuring the questline that leads to the aquisition of most of the optional characters we meet Beowulf, Ries, Construct 8 as well as kick many many MANY butts. All this and more on the latest NEARLY 10 YEARS OLD adventure we call DAAAAAAAMN CHOCOBOOOOO!!!!! As always if you wish to reach us feel free to email at damnchocobo@gmail.com or reach out to @damnchocobo on most main social media platforms! Intro: Ramza on Antipyretic by iXyled Outro: Semi Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

Professing Literature
EP07 - The Archer with the Bow | Beowulf

Professing Literature

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 78:57


Beowulf.  A shining young warrior has crossed the water and saved the Danish people from a dreadful monster and his scarcely less dreadful mother.  As the Danes honour Beowulf with feasting, gifts and music their aged king offers him some counsel.  Hrothgar has ruled the Danes for fifty years, in times of triumph and adversity, and he wants to make sure his young friend can profit from his own hard-won wisdom.  Professing Literature is back! We'd love to hear what you think about this episode or any of the others. Please send questions, comments, or otherwise to ProfessingLiterature@protonmail.com. ------------Theme Music: "Nobility" by Wicked CinemaOpening Passage Music: "The White Birch" by Moorland Songs

Book Fight
Ep 386: Kory Stamper

Book Fight

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 80:57


We're joined by Kory Stamper, professional lexicographer and author of the book Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, who chose a modern retelling of Beowulf for us to read. We consider how the epic poem translates to the contemporary American suburbs, and also why Beowulf has been so enduring in the first place. We also talk to Kory about her former job at Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the politics of language, and why we're right to roll our eyes at people who correct our grammar. You can learn more about Kory's book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/530504/word-by-word-by-kory-stamper/ You can find Kory on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/korystamper If you like our podcast, and would like to get access to two bonus episodes a month--including our ongoing hunt for the worst book of all time--please consider joining our Patreon, for just $5/month: https://www.patreon.com/BookFight  

Required Reading
Beowulf (Seamus Heaney Translation)

Required Reading

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 72:57


This episode, we have flashbacks to reading aloud in 9th grade over the pronounciation of Hrothgar or Geat, Geet, Ge-at, or whatever….Grundle. Sigh, dude kills a monster, his mother, and a dragon. Enjoy the discussion with Mike Carroll, enjoy the book! Great read! Please rate us where ever you read it and thanks!

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
The Unemployment Rate Is Much Worse Than You Think: With Guest Gene Ludwig

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 19:01


Beowulf speaks with Gene Ludwig about why unemployment numbers are way undercounted. He argues that we should look at functional unemployment, including those who work few hours or for minimum wage.

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Why Haven't The Democrats Accomplished More?

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 19:06


Beowulf discusses the lack of accomplishments by the Democratic Party.

The Wanderer Anglo Saxon Heathenism

Anglo-Saxon Poetry encompasses verse written during the 600-year Anglo-Saxon period of British history, from the mid-fifth century to the Norman Conquest of 1066. Almost all of the literature of this period was orally transmitted, and almost all poems were intended for oral performance. As a result of this, Anglo-Saxon poetry tends to be highly rhythmical, much like other forms of verse that emerged from oral traditions. However, Anglo-Saxon poetry does not create rhythm through the techniques of meter and rhyme, derived from Latin poetry, that are utilized by most other Western European languages. Instead, Anglo-Saxon poetry creates rhythm through a unique system of alliteration. Syllables are not counted as they are in traditional European meters, but instead, the length of the line is determined by a pattern of stressed syllables that begin with the same consonant cluster. The result of this style of poetry is a harsher, more guttural sound and a rhythm that sounds more like a chant than a traditional song. Although most Anglo-Saxon poetry was never written down and as such is lost to us, it was clearly a thriving literary language, and there are extant works in a wide variety of genres including epic poetry, Bible translations, historical chronicles, riddles, and short lyrics. Some of the most important works from this period include the epic Beowulf, Bede's Death Song, and the wisdom poetry found in the Exeter Book such as The Seafarer, and The Wanderer.

Rock And Roll Death Brigade
Rock And Roll Death Brigade Podcast, Episode #55 - Rocket's Heavy Metal Halloween Show

Rock And Roll Death Brigade

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 59:44


"Rocket" of TheMetalDen.com returns with a new installment of Rock And Roll Death Brigade podcast, featuring music by Motley Crue, Beowulf, Secret Society, Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000, Crashdiet & Venom, plus stand up comedy by Sam Kinison and George Carlin. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rockandrolldeathbrigade/support

Backlisted
Something In Disguise By Elizabeth Jane Howard

Backlisted

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 74:13


For this year's Hallowe'en special we're joined by Backlisted's old fiends Andrew Male and Laura Varnam, following previous guest appearances on episodes dedicated to Beowulf (2020) and Daphne du Maurier's The Breaking Point (2019). Together we explore the work of the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, specifically her ghost stories, tales of horror and accounts of psychological terror: Something in Disguise (1969), Odd Girl Out (1972), Mr Wrong (1975), Falling (1999), and We Are For the Dark (1951), the volume of strange stories she co-authored with previous Backlisted subject Robert Aickman. NB. THIS EPISODE IS PACKED WITH SPOILERS and you may wish to read Something in Disguise before you listen to the podcast. Also this week, Andy is gripped by Heike Gessler's Seasonal Associate (Semiotext), the novelist's account of working in Amazon's warehouse in Leipzig, while John enjoys being unsettled by Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1980-1940, edited by Melissa Edmundson, the first in a series of 'Weird' anthologies published by Handheld Press. For more information visit backlisted.fm. Please support us and unlock bonus material at https://www.patreon.com/backlisted.

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Voting Rights Are Central: With Guests Keith Boykin and David Daley

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 22:01


Voting Rights are so important we've got two separate interviews about this topic. Beowulf speaks with Keith Boykin and then David Daley.

Saga Thing
Episode 33f - The Saga of the Sworn Brothers (chapters 23-24)

Saga Thing

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 124:55


In the final episode of our epic journey through Fóstbrœðra saga (The Saga of the Sworn Brothers) Thormod wraps up his business in Greenland and heads back to Norway and the loving companionship of his new BFF King Olaf. Unfortunately for Thormod and Olaf, there's another would-be king of Norway lurking out there with plans to seize the throne. Will Olaf and Thormod link arms and defeat the aggressor? Or will the loyal warrior-poet follow his king in death? There's only one way to find out! Stick around for the end of the episode where answer a question from the Runesack and talk about our favorite translations of Beowulf. Here we see Grima's vision of doom for Thormod and his friends. How will he get out of this one? Thanks to Jacob Foust, aka @skarphedin_illustrator on Instagram, for his work on this one. Music Credits Intro Music - "Prelude and Action" by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4236-prelude-and-action License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Review Music - "The Royal Vagabond Medley" by Jocker's Dance Orchestra Poetry Music - “Teller of Tales” by Kevin MacLeod Outro Music - "Stormfront" by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4421-stormfront License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license  

Old Bones
Yeavering Pt 1: The Rise of the Anglo-Saxon Kings

Old Bones

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 46:08


How do we go from the society we met last time, one that is primarily equal and poor to the medieval image of kings, men with wealth and power near unimaginable to the ordinary peasant.In this episode, we visit the site of Yeavering and its many strange burials to try and understand the social dynamics that resulted in kingliness. Sources below. Next episode: Yeavering & The Rise of Christianity ***Sources: Taylor, Brian Hope. "Yeavering—an Anglo-British Centre of Early Northumbria." (1977).***Talk to me: oldbonespodcast@gmail.com---Support me at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bonesandstuff---Join the community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldbonespodcast ---Keep up to date on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oldbones_podcast/---Andy's personal Twitter: https://twitter.com/EarnshawAJD---oldbones.co.uk

Big Game Hunting Podcast
166: 450 Bushmaster vs 458 SOCOM vs 50 Beowulf

Big Game Hunting Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 24:59


In this episode we're going to talk about the 450 Bushmaster, 458 SOCOM, and 50 Beowulf. Those are the three most popular choices for those looking for a big bore cartridge to use in an AR-15. All are capable performers, but there are some situations where it really makes sense to use certain ones in particular. In today's episode, I'm going to discuss the pros and cons of the 450 Bushmaster vs 458 SOCOM vs 50 Beowulf so you can make an informed decision on which one is best for you. Article Referenced In Show: 450 Bushmaster vs 458 SOCOM vs 50 Beowulf Show Notes: https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/podcast/450-bushmaster-vs-458-socom-vs-50-beowulf/ Show Sponsor: Trusted my millions – HuntStand offers revolutionary mapping abilities, detailed weather information, national property ownership data for the United States AND Canada, Monthly Satellite Imagery, scouting camera management, 3d maps, ultra-high-resolution map printing services, and much more. Go to thebiggamehuntingblog.com/huntstand and use promo code BIGGAMEUNTER for 10% off your first year of HuntStand PRO. Hunting Guns 101: If you enjoy these cartridge comparison episodes, then you will Love Hunting Guns 101 because it's full of the same sort of information contained in these episodes, just with even more detail and analysis. Hunting Guns 101 is jam packed with useful information about practical ballistics and firearms in general that will help you be more successful afield and fill more tags on your hunts. Go to huntingguns101.com/form for instant access. What We Covered 1) History of the 450 Bushmaster, 458 SOCOM, and 50 Beowulf cartridges. 2) How the cartridges compare to each other in terms of external dimensions, trajectory, recoil, and accuracy. 3) Comparison ammo and rifle choices in each cartridge. 4) Pros and cons of hunting with each cartridge. Show Sponsor Are you in the market for a new hunting rifle? Be sure to purchase Hunting Guns 101 FIRST in order to fast-forward your understanding about the hunting guns and ammo you should consider for the type of hunting you plan on doing in the near future. This training will teach you what you need to know about practical ballistics and is guaranteed to be both a time and money saver going forward with future gear purchases. You'll also learn things like: What you need to know about 2 extremely important, but often overlooked aspects of bullet performance on game. A vital lesson new hunters can learn from the life altering mistake made by one of the founding fathers of premium ammunition. Why you're playing with fire by using your favorite deer hunting ammo on an elk hunt (even if it shoots accurately), and what you should shoot instead. What you need to know about some little known hunting regulations that will help you avoid unpleasant interactions with game wardens if you're hunting in 5 specific states. The dangerous (and expensive) mistake many hunters make when selecting a scope for their hunting rifle. 2 clever tricks that can help you shoot more accurately with heavier recoiling cartridges. And much more. Go to huntingguns101.com/form and submit the order form to receive instant access or go to huntingguns101.com/orderto learn more about the training.

Got Academy Podcast
Beowulf on Film

Got Academy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 58:58


Beowulf is an epic poem from 6th c. southern Scandinavia, recorded in Anglo-Saxon a few centuries later. The poem recalls a time when brutal warriors in small kingdoms dominated the North Sea coasts as the transition from paganism to Christianity was unfolding. In this episode, Gil and Rutger review three films based on the plot of the poem: Beowulf (2007), Beowulf & Grendel (2005), and Outlander (2008).

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Why Voting Rights and Defense Budgets Matter: With Guests Tiffany Muller and Carley Towne

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 21:00


Beowulf speaks with Tiffany Muller about how the right is dismantling American democracy, and the efforts to preserve it. Then, he talks with Carley Towne about why congress keeps handing more money to the pentagon than it even asks for.

The Wanderer Anglo Saxon Heathenism

The Anglo-Saxons believed in many different creatures and monsters. They populated their world and haunted their nightmares. Grendel is one of three foes, along with Grendel's mother and a dragon, in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. Grendel is thought of as a huge troll-like creature who dwells in a swamp or a cave. Those are the sorts of locations the Saxons thought trolls lived. Beowulf eventually kills Grendel. There were just a few creatures who the Anglo-Saxons believed inhabited the woods and hills. It was for fear of them that they avoided such places in the night. When bad things happened they would blame them and they would pray to Woden and Freya to protect their families.

Al Jazeera Investigates
Degrees of Abuse: ‘[He] puts the perv in supervisor'

Al Jazeera Investigates

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 29:00


He's a famous professor at Oxford in the UK, one of the world's most prestigious universities. But across three decades and three institutions, women have described him as a sexual predator. During a two-year investigation, Al Jazeera's I-Unit uncovers systematic failures inside the walls of academia that have only served to protect their lecturers. We hear from women who are fighting to shift the balance of power.  *Please note some listeners may find these accounts upsetting. 

Rock And Roll Death Brigade
Rock And Roll Death Brigade Podcast, Episode #54 - The Great Downfall Of Vince Neil

Rock And Roll Death Brigade

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 60:59


"Rocket" of TheMetalDen.com returns with a new episode of Rock And Roll Death Brigade podcast, featuring music by Black Sabbath, Beowulf, Pantera, Motley Crue, Steel Panther, plus so much more. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rockandrolldeathbrigade/support

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Let's Stop Calling Our Excessive Military Budget "defense": With Guest Norman Solomon

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 22:08


Beowulf speaks with Norman Solomon about the true scope of American military spending and actions. This is made more palatable to the American people by calling the expenses 'defense' spending. While the official department is actually titled the Defense Department, and we need to use that name, we can use more accurate terms in other conversations not in direct reference to that formal institution.

10th & 12th Grade English with Collin Welsh
Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney Lines 1800-End

10th & 12th Grade English with Collin Welsh

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 28:20


Class Discussion focus points…11th Grade British Literature

Read Up
Episode 85: Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton

Read Up

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 3:26


Tim discusses Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton www.readuppodcast.com www.twitter.com/TimothyPG13 www.goodreads.com/timothypg13 www.thoughtbubbleaudio.com www.patreon.com/thoughtbubbleaudio

Marvel Movie Minute
Thor 008: Is It Weird to Meet Our Hero From the Back?

Marvel Movie Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 43:17


Minute Eight: From Rival Brothers to Regal Parents We have our first guest! We're joined by Ryanne Bennett from the Black Girl Nerds podcast this week, swinging Mjolnir around because she's clearly worthy. Check her and her shows out at the links below! In the eighth minute of Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film Thor... Odin lays out to young Thor and Loki that a good king can't be war hungry but has to be ready for it. The boys both say they're ready to lead, and this is where we start questioning Odin's parenting. He says only one of them can become king, but that they were both born for it. Is he pushing for sibling rivalry? Then again, maybe it's just his way of hinting to Loki that he's actually the son of a different king...? Meanwhile, Mjolnir makes its first appearance. We talk a bit about how it was forged and debate when it became something that only someone worthy could pick up and wield. But why is Mjolnir in Odin's vault? Is he just holding it for Thor until he's big enough? Is he afraid someone else could wield it and cause Ragnarok? Now that story time is done, let's return to the present with Thor waving Mjolnir around. It's Thor's coronation. Or is it? Was Odin actually about to crown Thor or was he just making the official announcement that Thor is his heir for when he dies? Before we jump into that, however, we have not one, not two, but THREE deleted scenes to discuss. The first involves Thor and Loki. This would've been where we first meet Thor. Does it work better? It's fun seeing him drinking, throwing his goblet into the fire and shouting “Another!” but those eyebrows are offputting... This also would've been where we first meet Loki. It's a great reveal of him in his magnificently designed (cow) helmet and outfit. We also get a conversation between the brothers that gives us a better sense of their relationship. Andy likes it but Matthew and Ryanne are fine to see it excised. The second deleted scene would've been the introduction to the Warriors Three – Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun the Grim – as well as Lady Sif. Considering they get no prominent introduction at the coronation, Andy feels this would've helped give us a sense of their importance in the story and Thor's life. The third deleted scene would've been a moment between Thor and his mother Frigga. It's short but sweet. And Rene Russo looks incredible in the costume. Meanwhile, back at the coronation where Thor's waving Mjolnir around... Thor's a boastful braggart who knows how to work the crowd – and us. Chris Hemsworth is a pure delight in this role and does the himbo oh so well. He tosses Mjolnir in the air and wins everyone over with ease. But what's with that guy in the crowd who is so excited to see Thor? Was he directed to act that big or is it just him being genuinely excited? We see Lady Sif and Frigga react to Thor's antics. Again, it would've been great to have the context of them from the deleted scenes before seeing this. Lady Sif has more of a story in the myths, including being Thor's wife. She has some origins in Beowulf as well. Where's her golden hair? Through all of this, Odin remains completely stone-faced. And we do the IMDb game for Chris Hemsworth and Jaimie Alexander. We forgot Rene Russo but will get to her next time. We promise! It's a minute full of content with three deleted scenes, so there's a lot to cover. Tune in! Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on TruStory FM's Discord channel! Film Sundries Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon • Netflix • YouTube • Disney+ Join the conversation on Discord Script Transcript Trailer #1 Trailer #2 Poster artwork Source Material Ryanne Bennett on Twitter or LinkedIn Black Girl Nerds on the web Instagram or Twitter

Pop Medieval
Pop Medieval Ep 36: Some Games are Good, Others are Halatafl

Pop Medieval

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 24:31


Shall we play a (board) game? Doc shows Nina a board game featuring a raging Geat and Fairytale Femme Fatale. Topics of discussion: Beowulf, Little Red Riding Hood, asymmetrical games, board games, metaphors, fox and geese, Doc's hair, condescending comic book guys, Squid Game, and Mrs. Awesome's patience. Recommendations Pop Medieval Ep 16: A Beginner's Guide to the SCA (https://www.profawesome.com/podcast/pop-medieval-ep-16-a-beginners-guide-to-the-sca/) An Outsider's View of the SCA (https://unlocked-wordhoard.blogspot.com/2007/10/outsiders-view-of-sca.html) Root (https://ledergames.com/products/root-a-game-of-woodland-might-and-right) ed: Root is a 4-person game, not a 5-person game.

The Daily Zeitgeist
Trendl's from Beowulf 10/4: Katie Couric, Facebook, Ozy Media, IATSE, Blurred Lines, Andrew Wiggins

The Daily Zeitgeist

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 24:47


In this edition of Trendl From Beowulf, Jack and Miles discuss Katie Couric's new book 'Going There', Facebook GOING DOWN, the sad state of Ozy Media, the IATSE strike, Emily Ratajkowski's new book 'Blurred Lines', and Andrew Wiggins finally getting vaxx'd,  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
France Just Sentenced A Former President - Can America Do It, Too?

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 18:24


Beowulf talks about the sentencing of former French President Nicholas Sarkozy and asks if we can do the same with Trump.

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
The Brief Opportunity To Eliminate Gerrymandering From US Politics: With Guest David Daley

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 20:57


Beowulf speaks with David Daley about gerrymandering and the critical importance of eliminating this undemocratic practice from the United States now, while Democrats have control of the House.

What Is X?
What Is Poetry? | Jeff Dolven

What Is X?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 54:05


Jeff Dolven and Justin E.H. Smith assay the hoard of poetry's riches in this month's episode: Is poetry a way of grasping at the treasures of language, past and present? Or might there be something that is particular to poetry, something unlike the pleasures and possibilities of other forms of literature? Countering Justin's more extensive notion, Jeff offers that poetry is language that wants to happen “all at once.” Will Jeff and Justin be able to reach an agreement? Or will the goat bleat at the buzzer, before they can settle their differences? Listen in to find out. Along the way, they'll discuss Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf and Edmund Spenser's “Faerie Queene,” epic poetry versus novelistic prose, and the poetic doppelgängers Frank O'Hara and Thomas Wyatt. 

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Why Scared White Guys Are So Dangerous

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 18:57


Beowulf talks with Joe Hayden about the danger of fragile white men.

Betsy Goes to the Movies... and sometimes her friends go too

Well. This was... something. I remember that I wouldn't see it because it was CGI, and the few trailors and pieces of content I saw were disturbing. I was not wrong. Admittedly it was cutting edge for 2007. But as you can hear, it wasn't really my thing, especially because no one would put clothes on Hrothgar at the beginning. I also hadn't read the story in years, and while I remembered that I enjoyed it and the gist of it, I forgot all the fun details like how Hrothgar was Grendel's dad, for instance. Or what a colossal dick Unferth is. Enjoy!

CULT OF MUSCLE!!!!!!!!
Episode 382- I Am Full of Magic!

CULT OF MUSCLE!!!!!!!!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 126:01


October is a state of mind in the Cult this week as we return from a short break to kick the spooky season off with the siren song of Lambearrrrr's pleathers in Beowulf(yes, again) and a granny does wrestling moves in....The Granny! Feedback: cultofmuscle@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/groups/cultofmuscle Merch: redbubble.com/people/cultofmuscle/shop Lifting: 0:00:00 - 0:43:55 Beowulf: 45:25 - 1:23:30  The Granny: 1:25:00 - END  

Patrick E. McLean
Beowulf and the Dragon: Chapter 7

Patrick E. McLean

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 6:09


The King paused in the telling. Gripping the sword in his right hand, he rose and threw a few more coals in the brazier with his left. The stable boy, to pretend he wasn’t interested, resumed sharpening his knife.The King returned to his seat and asked the stable boy, “So what happened then, did I kill him? Did the Dragon? Does it matter?”“Yes.”“Yes, what?”“You took your revenge, as I will take mine.”“Did I now? How can you be sure? We haven’t gotten to that part yet.”“You stuck the blade in Beowulf and twisted it. I know because that is what I am going to do to you. That’s why you’re so proud of that sword. Finish your tale and don’t forget our wager. Or are not going to keep your word?”“Very well,” said the King, “Beowulf drew his sword and gave it to me. This sword, in fact.” The King tapped the naked blade against his thighs for emphasis.“We charged the dragon where it lay on the turf. Beowulf with shield raised, and I with sword. The beast lashed out and struck at Beowulf as a snake does, closing around the King’s leg. Beowulf brought the shield down upon the Dragon’s neck. As the Dragon held fast to his leg and engulfed him in fire, Beowulf held the beast to the ground.“Battered by its wings I charged in and shoved this sword into the soft place of its armpit and deep into the heart. It died quickly, just like anything will when you stab it in the heart.“Then, I held the dying, charred Beowulf across my knees and begged him not to go. But he died anyway.”“You didn’t?” asked the boy, “You didn’t kill him?”“I did not.”“Why?”“I am not at tenth or even a hundredth of what he was, but what I am, I am. You have that same thing in you, boy, that angry, unrelenting thing. That thing which strives, which seeks, that which would not yield without struggle to god or monster. And that thing is a flame I would not extinguish lightly. Not in him. Not in you.”For a time there was only the sound of the knife on stone. Then, from far away, the sound of a cock crowing.The King said, “It is morning, and I don’t think I’ve convinced you.”“You haven’t.”“Then enough games with your knife boy. You can sharpen ’til the end of days and it still won’t be a tool fit to your task.”The King stood and tossed his sword in the straw. He undid the sword belt and took off his tunic. His bare belly hung, soft, white and heavy over his hips, but the King’s arms and shoulders were knotted with ropy muscle.“I’ve lived long enough. So if you won’t fight for me, then it’s time for you to kill your monster.”The stable boy stood with his knife. He pointed at the King’s stomach. Then he lunged a little, to see if the King would flinch. Wiglaf stood his ground and smiled, his fear falling away from him at last.“Ah,” said the King, “battle.”The boy lunged.  * * *Naked from the waist up and smeared with blood, King Wiglaf strode into the courtyard. The men saw the head he carried and murmurs swept through the ranks. He climbed a wagon next to the main gate and held his trophy high. Without ceremony, he said, “The Scyllan’s sent an assassin.” Then he threw the head to the ground.The King said, “I am old. I am tired. And last night I was afraid that I did not have another battle left in me. Against odds like these, who would not tempted by a clean death and a forever after in the mead-hall?“But then I thought of spring. And your mother,” he said pointing to young man in the front rank. “And yours, and yours, and yours. And how much I loved them all. And I realized, you dog-faced, unloved b******s, that I had one more rutting spring left in me."So fight with me now, and I will promise you two things. Victory and a fresh crop of brothers come January.” He waited for the laughter to die down. “Or do not fight and go your slaughter, meek as lambs. For me, it changes nothing. I  wait here no longer. I go to meet my fate.”He drew his Dragon-killing sword and with a mighty stroke, he sundered the timber that barred the gates. As the cold wind of morning swung the heavy wood gate open, Wiglaf charged and the Geats followed with him.THE END.If you’ve enjoyed this tale, why not leave a review on Amazon. It would be a tremendous help. Get full access to How It's Written by Patrick E. McLean at patrickemclean.substack.com/subscribe

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Why It's Time to Break Up the Military-Industrial Complex: With Guest Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 13:53


Beowulf speaks with Katrina vanden Heuvel about why it's time to break up the military-industrial complex.

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
Childcare Workers Are Quitting: With Guest Heather Long

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 21:27


Beowulf talks with guest Heather Long about the particularly difficult labor challenges in the childcare industry as workers leave the field.

Patrick E. McLean
Beowulf and the Dragon: Chapter 6

Patrick E. McLean

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 6:20


The men panicked and fled. As Beowulf had foretold, not a one went for a spear. Some dived back into the barrow. Others ran up or down the coast. Only the Dragon was not in a hurry. I remember that dread shape against that grey winter sky, flapping lazily as if it had all the time in the world. It wheeled off to the left of us in pursuit of some of the Thanes. Over the hill, I heard the roar of its flames and men screaming.With a calm equal to the Dragon’s, Beowulf strolled down the hill to where the ponies had been. The beasts had also had fled, but the poor pony that carried the mighty shield was trapped. The bronze and iron had slid free from the pack and dragged behind the whinnying beast like an anchor. Foam flecked the pony’s lips and madness roiled in her eye.Beowulf cut the lashing and the pony ran down into the valley. Then he shouldered the giant shield. As I watched the pony run, I hoped that she would make it, but somehow I knew that she would not. In that moment,  knew, with certainty, that none of us would make it out alive.And it was then that I understood what Beowulf had meant when he had spoken of hatred in the heart. For men to war with men, courage is enough and greed will do. But to do battle with monsters, one must meet fear with something stronger.The dragon flew low across the bottom of the hill, and snatched up the fleeing pony up with a lazy whip of its neck and a snap of its jaws. Then it breathed fire and spit the burning animal back at the Earth like a curse. It dove over the cliff and disappeared.This was not a falcon on the hunt — terrible, beautiful, but still a part of the same skien as you or I.  This Dragon was a withering, animated greed for the suffering and end of all living things. Its joy was burning of crops, the eradication of species, the extinction of the sun. How could men who fought for treasure or power or glory in the eyes of other men stand against this monstrosity?I looked to Beowulf, and saw him leaning on his shield as if all of this bored him. He felt my gaze upon him, turned, and saw that I had not fled. He nodded once. As much as I hated the man, I felt that I had just been awarded an honor worth having. Then he pointed to one of the spears the Thanes had abandoned.As I took my first step towards the weapon, the hill beneath me erupted in flame. Where I had clawed an opening in the turf, a torrent of fire now poured forth. Smaller tendrils of smoke and flame welled up from the shaking ground. I fell and rolled down the hill, managing to stop near a spear. I picked it up and ran to Beowulf. I did not look back until I was behind the tower of his shield.The Dragon’s head rose up over the edge of the cliff. It swiveled, snake-like, and filled me with an ancient revulsion. It clacked its jaws together twice, then vaulted into the air.  The Dragon blasted the unburnt oak tree with its flame, then settled onto a burning perch.Beowulf’s eyes were filled with tears of fierce joy. The beast and the man roared as one and Beowulf advanced behind the shield. The Dragon dropped from the tree and breathed fire. As the flames surrounded us in the lee of the shield, Beowulf shouted, “When he passes!”When the Dragon came, I stood and jammed the spear into its belly. The point scraped scales and caught between them. The force of the beast’s passage slammed the haft of the spear into the earth and it shattered. A splinter of wood lodged in my left hand. As I pulled it free, Beowulf roared for another spear and shoved me out from behind the shield.As I ran, mostly falling toward the next weapon, the shadow of the beast passed over me. I dove for the spear, and when I came up again, I saw the Dragon, over the ocean, roiling around itself in a turn and lining up for another pass.As it dove on me, I thought to myself, this is when I die. But the Dragon passed over me and struck at Beowulf with its claws. The bronze shield rang like a bell. Beowulf was cast one way and the shield the other. He landed hard and did not rise.Now, I thought, Now is my chance to snatch revenge even from the jaws of my own death! I leveled my spear and charged. Beowulf raised himself wearily to hands and knees, the chainmail and the years weighing on him at last. The mouth! If he lifts his head, spear him in the mouth. But in the sky beyond Beowulf, I saw the Dragon turn again. No you damned worm, I thought I will take him first!But when the Dragon dove, I could not tear my gaze from the  horrible thing. As I charged Beowulf, the beast opened its mouth to burn us both down. In that moment, my choice was made. I threw the spear not at Beowulf, but into the maw of the beast. It struck home in the jaw, and the creature veered off to the side, crashing into the slope and rolling away, screaming pain and fire as it went. Get full access to How It's Written by Patrick E. McLean at patrickemclean.substack.com/subscribe

Pero Let Me Tell You
Ep 175. Pero…justice for Mrs Vangie

Pero Let Me Tell You

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 73:58


Can Netflix catch a tiger by the tail twice…so many questions we'd have for Ms Spears…maybe Paulina is still sitting by the ocean…a test doesn't mean you do or don't know things…Ish is still bitter about DJ's A+ on Beowulf…refugees are still human beings…don't say or drink Bloody Mary 3x…it's about making sure ALL the missing get coverage…will the media overcome their implicit biases…wait, Madonna reuses song titles…Ms Vanjie needs to help Mrs Vangie… Theme Song: Pero Let Me Freestyle, composed by Michael Angelo Lomlplex - the Official Gay Guy www.PeroLetMeTellYouShop.com Lay's Chips: https://www.lays.com

Every Damn Thing
61. Uncanny Valley Effect, Bend Oregon

Every Damn Thing

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 42:55


Phil and Jake rank the emotional response known as the uncanny valley effect, and the city of Bend, Oregon on the List of Every Damn Thing.If you have something to add to the list, email it to list@everydamnthing.net (or get at us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).SHOW NOTES: Masahira Mori is a robot expert and professor (the ASIMO robot was designed by one of his students). It should never be doubted that Jake has read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The Final Fantasy movie is an oft-cited example of the uncanny valley effect. It's an animated movie made entirely with CGI, like a video game cut-scene, and audiences were unsettled by the creepy dead eyes.The Beowulf movie has a similar vibe. Pokemon of course doesn't go for photorealism, that's why it's universally beloved. In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer gets a pet lobster who looks to Homer like this, whereas other characters see the lobster like this. Boston Dynamics makes robots that move in human-like ways. There's a character in Ted Lasso played by Brett Goldstein (who just won an Emmy for the role). Many viewers thought this guy didn't exist and was a CGI creation. It seems ludicrous until you see this picture of his character, he looks like a FIFA video game character. Breath of the Wild is a Nintendo game that's beautiful but not photorealistic. It bypasses the uncanny valley. Star Wars tried CGI versions of Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing in the same movie. It seems gross and scary to Phil (unlike C-3P0 and R2-D2). Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation was a real human actor deliberately playing a robot who seemed vaguely unnatural. Phil missed the point of any stories about him because he looked different. Charlie XCX is a pop star who's worked with PC Music which is a hard-to-explain collective / label that navigates the uncanny valley of music (if that exists) by making aggressively fake-sounding music and wallowing in artifice. The way she (or any public figure) manages her persona is tied up with UV-related ideas. In looking for a proper clip of her to link to we found this news story about how her record label is pushing her to be more "real" and she would prefer to be less real!  Drum machines are like this too. The 808 kick drum doesn't sound real, that's why it's better than some other more real-sounding synthesizers. Here's the biting dolls scene from Barbarella. The Polar Express is a deeply cursed movie and features an uncanny valley hall-of-fame performance by Steven Tyler as a scatting Christmas elf. The Matrix Reloaded had a big fight scene which had been promoted ahead of the release of the film but when the movie came out it was unsatisfying and weightless, and it didn't help that it came out around the same time as Kill Bill Vol. 1, which had a massive fight scene with real stakes and actual physicality. REI's headquarters is in Kent, WA (not Bend). While in Bend, Jake picked up a hazy IPA from Immersion Brewing. It paired pretty well with the Impossible Burger that he got from the Incred-A-Bowl food truck. Les Schwab was the founder of a chain of tire retailers in the Western US. Phil is probably conflating the permanent tire fire on the Simpsons with an event in the 90s in Oregon where there was a real tire fire and he assumed that because it involved tires and Oregon, it had something to do with Les Schwab. Our vague recollection of some sort of some kind of lava cave attraction near Bend was surely about the Lava River Cave. ALSO DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:Manscaped * Bride of Pinbot * Frozen * Arnold Schwarzenegger * Henry Fonda * CAPTCHA * Jessica Rabbit * Betty Boop * reality * robots * capitalism * daylight saving time * Howard the Duck * Aerosmith * Chris Gaines * Reeses Ultimate Peanut Butter Lover's Cup * Theodore Roosevelt * wildfires * Eastern Oregon * Ukiah, CA * Deschutes Brewery * craft beer * Les Schwab Amphitheater * Oregon Public Broadcasting * dilapidated shacks * Jersey Shore * Crocs * Spaceballs * SpinderellaBelow are the Top Ten and Bottom Top items on List of Every Damn Thing as of this episode (for the complete up-to-date list, go here).TOP TEN: Dolly Parton - person interspecies animal friends - idea sex - idea Clement Street in San Francisco - location Prince - person It's-It - food Cher - person Pee-Wee Herman - fictional character Donald Duck - fictional character Hank Williams - person BOTTOM TEN:188. Jenny McCarthy - person189. Jon Voight - person190. Hank Williams, Jr - person191. British Royal Family - institution192. Steven Seagal - person193. McRib - food194. war - idea195. cigarettes - drug196. QAnon - idea197. transphobia - ideaTheme song by Jade Puget. Graphic design by Jason Mann. This episode was produced & edited by Jake MacLachlan, with audio help from Luke Janela. Show notes by Jake MacLachlan & Phil Green.Our website is everydamnthing.net and we're also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Email us at list@everydamnthing.net. 

BOOKIN' IT
51. Beowulf + Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

BOOKIN' IT

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 29:42


Cooper and Isaiah discuss two immortal epic poems: Beowulf and Sir Gawian and the Green Knight. What do these have to say about heroism? About chivalry? About villains? Is a dover thrift edition ever a good idea? Listen as they talk about all these questions. And more. SUPPORT US HERE:https://patreon.com/bookinit

Patrick E. McLean
Beowulf and the Dragon Chapter 5

Patrick E. McLean

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 6:51


At the end of a long, upward march we found an old oak tree on a cliff facing the sea. It was gnarled and had grown at an angle from being blown inland by constant punishment of the sea wind. The base of the trunk was wider than three men could wrap their arms around, while the top of the tree was wispy branches that I could scarce believe could hold their leaves in that wind. But we saw nothing that looked like a barrow.Beowulf asked, “Where?”“A path, down the cliff face,” came the answer.Beowulf commanded me to go and see. Fear fueled my impudence, so that when I spoke, it was to say, “Should I kill the beast if I find it?”Beowulf said, “Leave your spear so that you won’t be tempted.”Defenseless, I crawled over the edge of the “path” and clung to the cold rock, as the ocean crashed against the cliff face far below. Everywhere was slick with the leavings of sea birds, but the birds were gone. I realized the last time we had seen animal life of any kind was before we had reached the burning forest.I came to a hole in the cliff. As I moved and slipped my way closer I could see that that it was ringed by blackened rocks. A foul, sulfurous smell hurt my lungs. The fresh ocean air could not take it away.The hole had been created where the rock had been blown outward, and a narrow path led into the depths. I listened carefully, but all I could hear was the keening of the wind in the rocks. Was the beast within? I am not ashamed to say that my hands shook as I lit the torch.The walls of the passage were scorched. As I pressed deeper into the crypt, my feet scraped piles of melted gold and silver. Gems littered the floor.The passage opened into a high vault. I saw a company of dead men in stone chairs. They must have been important in their day. Now they were skeletons in rusted armor and once fine jewelry. The one closest to the entry had been burned and knocked over. I listened again, but heard nothing. So I made my way through the crumbled chests and the caches of coins and the pillars that held up the roof.At the head of the room, was the one who must have been their leader in life. At his side still dangled a fine sword. Without weapon and afraid, I tried to draw it from its sheath. It came easily, as if it had just been oiled.I heard… Well, I don’t know what I heard. I imagined that it was  the scraping of claw across stone. I turned quickly and knocked the torch against a pillar. It exploded in a shower of sparks and went out.In the darkness, I panicked. I lost my reason and screamed and ran. I blundered through the barrow until I found a pillar with my head, and was knocked senseless.When I opened my eyes I saw my salvation. Lying flat on my back on the floor I could see a space in the ceiling where roots of the oak tree had pushed a few of the ceiling blocks free. There was the faintest glimmer of daylight. I rose and maneuvered a chest under the lightest patch in that dark room. Hacking with the fine blade, I climbed up in to the space among the roots. I moved through the earth as an apprentice mole, and  was just as blinded by the sunlight when I emerged.The men recoiled in horror, fearing, I suppose, that I was the Dragon, Harrower of the Dark. When they lifted me clear, laughter rippled through the company. I did not join them, for the terror of that dark place was still on me. For fear of crying out, I did not speak.Beowulf did not join in the merriment. He grabbed me by the shoulder and shook me so hard my teeth rattled. Then looked me in the eye and said, “Master your fear.” I managed a nod of assent. Then he asked me what was in the tomb.“Riches,” I said.“Go and see,” he told the men.They clawed their way into the underground chamber. There were shouts of delight as they discovered the treasures below. But Beowulf paid them no attention. He strode up the hill to the tree and considered it. Then he said, “It is unburnt.”I sat and hugged my legs to my chest. I did not want him to see my knees knocking together.“All of the trees we have seen, entire forests of them, were charred. But this tree was spared.”I looked up to see that what he said was true. In the whole of the valley laid out below us all the trees had been burned.Then came the sound of edge against edge. The men fighting over the treasures they had just hauled out into the light, greed turning man against man.“Should you stop them?” I asked."Let them fight. Their blood may yet bring the beast,” said Beowulf, scanning the horizon. “See squire, they have dropped their spears,” he said, repeating it as a grim prophecy.I watched one Thane fight another over a golden hunting horn. The bigger man laughed mockingly as he wrested the horn from his smaller companion. The smaller man drew his sword and hacked the man’s hand from his forearm. As the larger man screamed in rage and pain, the smaller retrieved the horn and put it to his lips. The note he sounded was of bone ground against bone, yet it swelled until it filled the whole of that blasted valley. As the echoes of that terrible sound died away, I could hear the sobs of the now one-handed man again.Beowulf pointed and cried, “There!”Far below, one of the charred trunks of a tree unraveled from itself. Three flaps took the beast into the sky. The Dragon screamed fire, and rose to meet us. Get full access to How It's Written by Patrick E. McLean at patrickemclean.substack.com/subscribe

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast
The Collapse Of American Healthcare Systems: With Guest Vishal Khetpal

The Rick Ungar Show Highlight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 19:11


Beowulf speaks with internal medicine resident Vishal Khetpal about the breakdown in American healthcare systems. Khetpal emphasizes that a collapse is not hypothetical, it is real and present now. Rather than being "on the brink" our systems have already failed.

Patrick E. McLean
Beowulf and the Dragon: Chapter 4

Patrick E. McLean

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 6:27


Neither Beowulf nor I slept that night. On his order, I found and woke the Blacksmith and brought him to where the King waited by the forge. Beowulf explained what he wanted. The Blacksmith understood, for it was simple enough, but he protested that the result would be too heavy for a man to lift. In response to this, Beowulf picked up the anvil with one hand and tossed it into the corner. The Blacksmith, his 'prentice and I stared at this with our mouths open. Beowulf said to the Blacksmith, "by dawn" and to me, "stay and help."After the three of us had wrestled the anvil back to its place. The Blacksmith relit the forge. His ‘prentice and I worked the bellows. There was no time for steel and no time to cast, so the Smith worked it in iron and bronze. The iron formed a frame, slightly curved and taller than any man. As he wrought, he hammered like a man possessed, yelling at us any time we faltered on the bellows. Drops of sweat fell from his brow onto the hot metal, but still he hammered.By the clock of my aching arms and back, the work seemed to take forever. But every time I looked outside, the night was still dark.When the frame was done, he granted me a respite — I was not used to such labors — and sent his apprentice for the bronze. He brought it in ingots and hunks, and I was put to the bellows once again. And in no time at all they had heated, hammered, and drawn it into long strips. They wove the strips into the frame and formed a towering shield made entirely of metal.As rosy-fingered dawn clawed its way through the dark, the blacksmith fixed a strap of leather to the back of the shield and tried to lift it. Using both hands, He was just able to get it off the ground. He held it for a moment and then it crashed into the earthen floor of his shop.Beowulf came and shouldered the shield as if it weighed nothing. “Good,” was all he said. * * *As we loaded the stout, shaggy ponies, I saw one of Handclaf's men bring him the charred hand of the dead slave, still admixed with the gold of the cup. With a furtive glance. he stowed it in his saddlebag. When he saw that I was looking at him, he glared at me. I did not look away.Many of the men had sought courage in their cups. Whatever temporary valor they had found had deserted them by mid-morning. From our column, I heard a men vomiting and moans from all around. The party was a score and ten, each mounted, plus the shield, mounted on a pony of its own.The first night, we dug our camp in the snow and used some evergreen trees as a windbreak. The men drank and were brave again. I crawled underneath one of the fir trees and wrapped myself in sheepskin. I fell asleep to the sounds of their boasting and their laughter. I woke just before dawn and saw Beowulf standing in the smoke of a freshly rekindled fire.He turned when he heard me coming out through the branches. Seeing it was me, he nodded and turned back to his contemplation of the flames.That day, he drove the Thanes mercilessly. He taunted them. Saying that they were not even fit to carry my spear, let alone his. He all but begged them to challenge me to a contest of strength or skill. I was certain I would be getting a beating one way or another. I didn’t much care, as long as it left me capable of exacting my revenge. I had, as Beowulf had pointed out, nowhere to go and nothing to live for. My one hope of a good death lay in him.But the beating never came. On the second day, we came to The March, Handclaf’s domain. What we saw there was filled us with awe and terror. From the high pass we could see the valley beyond, and to the sea. Large swaths of the forest were burning.  Many of the open fields had been plowed by fire and the scorched earth was open to the sky. It was the heart of Winter, but by the light of a burning village, this destruction seemed to us like a Spring in hell.As we drew closer to the barrow, the men became more sullen and fearful. Yet, Beowulf’s spirits rose. He jibed at Handclaf even more, but the Thane would not answer his challenges. My spirits rose with my King. Of our company, only he and I did not put any of our hopes in survival.We did not see the Dragon that day, although a burned farmer and his wife shared their tale of woe with us. They told us that there had been children and livestock. It was a halting tale, punctuated by fearful glances towards the sky. Beowulf offered our protection and invited them to spend the night with the company. The farmer declined. His wife, mad from grief, laughed at us and fled. The farmer made apology and hurried to catch up with her.Our progress was halted by the inferno of a forest fire. We made camp some distance away in a muddy field and needed to clear no snow nor build no fire for warmth. By dawn the fire had subsided enough for us to pick our way through the ashes. The ponies shied and grew wild, biting at us and each other. So we spread out and each man made his own way through the desolation.At the end of the day, we broke out into a large pasture of scorched grass and melting snow that led up to the headland and the sea beyond. Handclaf, the first to speak in hours said, “The Barrow is there, facing the waters.” Get full access to How It's Written by Patrick E. McLean at patrickemclean.substack.com/subscribe

Slate Star Codex Podcast
Book Review: The Revolt Of The Public

Slate Star Codex Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 32:54


https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/book-review-the-revolt-of-the-public I. Martin Gurri's The Revolt Of The Public is from 2014, which means you might as well read the Epic of Gilgamesh. It has a second-edition-update-chapter from 2017, which means it might as well be Beowulf. The book is about how social-media-connected masses are revolting against elites, but the revolt has moved forward so quickly that a lot of what Gurri considers wild speculation is now obvious fact. I picked up the book on its "accurately predicted the present moment" cred, but it predicted the present moment so accurately that it's barely worth reading anymore. It might as well just say "open your eyes and look around". In fact, I can't even really confirm whether it predicted anything accurately or not. Certainly everything it says is true. Anyone who wrote it in 2000 would have been a prophet. Anyone who wrote it in 2020 would have been stating the obvious. Was writing it in 2014 a boring chronicle of clear truths, or an achievement for the ages? I find my memories are insufficiently precise to be sure. It's like that thing where someone who warned about the coronavirus on March 1 2020 was a bold visionary, but someone who warned about it on March 20 was a conformist bandwagoner - except about the entire history of the 21st century so far. Maybe the best we can do with it is read it backwards, as an artifact of the era when the public was only ambiguously revolting, to see how the knowledge of the coming age arose and spread.

Patrick E. McLean
Beowulf and the Dragon: Chapter 3

Patrick E. McLean

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 7:41


If you’ve jumped in the middle, here’s Chapter One.After I killed the wolves, Beowulf took a liking to me, as much of a liking as he took to anyone. It became my job to pour Beowulf’s mead. That first night, very drunk, he said to me, “I would make you my squire, were there any more battles to fight.” I remember thinking he was silly for saying this. A foolish old drunk with his glory days behind him. Still, it was with trepidation that I answered, “Does my Lord mean to say that I am no longer a slave?”Beowulf asked me, “Do you have any place else to go?”“No,” I told him.“Nor do I,” he said, lifting his cup. For a while, I thought poison would be the way. But I knew nothing of poisons or herbs. I didn’t even know who to ask. Even young, and foolish as I was, I knew it would not do for the King’s cupbearer to be heard asking questions about poisons.I wonder if Beowulf thought me a coward. It's not a bad guess. Most men are, after all. Or maybe he wanted me to try to kill him. He was old, and tired and perhaps all he wanted was one last fight so he could take his place in that mead hall in the sky. He had outlived all his enemies, and all around him were cowed. The Thanes and Jarls jockeyed for position, politick’d among their meat and mead, and prepared for that day when their ring-giver would give no more. They would fight amongst themselves, as dogs do for scraps, but even though Beowulf was old, they were all afraid to contest with him.I decided I would slit his throat in the middle of the great feast for the visit of Hanclaf, Beowulf’s most powerful Thane. Hanclaf lived three days' ride to the East. He was a Lord of the March, that strip of land that lay between the territory of the Sea-Geats and the unruly tribes beyond. In the absence of Beowulf, Hanclaf would have been a king in own right. But he had seen what had happened to the others, and sworn fealty. Now I can see that was just good sense, but the younger version of myself thought that we would be supping with a coward and his men.My plan, such as I had formulated one, was to wait until late in the night. When Beowulf was well and truly drunk, then I would slit his throat where all could see.But there was no feast.When Hanclaf’s men came, they entered carrying a dying man and presented him as if he was a gift. From underneath the sheepskins came moans and the stench of burned flesh. There were no long speeches. No gifts, no ritual greetings. Hanclaf stopped in the doorway, blocking most of it with his great size and said but one word. “Dragon.”They had greased the burned man with chunks of melted animal fat. I have not seen, before or since, a man so harmed yet still living. When the cover slipped from his legs, I could see that  flesh of them was charcoal. The warmth of the hall melted the fat they had slathered his wounds with and it ran down his legs and dripped thick blackness onto the stone floor.With some tenderness Beowulf went to the man and knelt beside him.In pained whispers the man told his tale to Beowulf. He had been taken as a slave by Hanclaf. Then he escaped and had fled to the coast. There, while searching for a place to hide from pursuers, he had found he an ancient barrow that containing the riches of a people who had been forgotten long ago.But that was not all he found. There also was a burning one, an old harrower of the dark, the worm of fire called by men a Dragon. So the slave had run, taking with him, only a cup of the finest gold.“How do you know this wretch he tells the truth?” one of Beowulf’s worthless, drunken Thanes had demanded.Beowulf stepped to the side, and revealed the burned man’s hand. It too was charred, and melted into the very bones of it was thick layer of gold that had once been a cup.The burned man shivered uncontrollably and Beowulf commanded that he be moved closer to the fire. The slave started screaming before the pallet was even lifted. Beowulf steadied the man with a gentleness that I had never seen in him before.Hanclaf watched all of this moment and then asked, “My King?”Beowulf waved him off and continued whispering to the slave. The sounds of the burned man’s misery grew quieter. And all of us searched each other’s faces, for some sign of what should be done next.Finally, Hanclaf said “When we rode here, three farms had been burned and a small village. The gods alone know how many have been ruined since. I have come for men, men brave enough to face this Dragon. Such men will I lead back in the morning. I will gather the Thanes, and destroy this monster.”It wasn't much of a speech, but the Thanes cheered it anyway. When the cheering died out, then everyone heard the low, phlegmy chuckling, that sounded more volcanic than human. Laughing, Beowulf rose from beside the slave.“What jest is this my King?” Hanclaf asked.But Beowulf's laughter grew and grew. I saw that the slave was dead and that Beowulf held in his hand a freshly-blooded dagger. He asked, “How can you face a Dragon when you don’t even have the stomach to spare a dying man his misery? There is your slave, Hanclaf. There is your cup. Why not take them and go? Better yet, why bring them at all, if you are such a hero? Why not face your dragon alone?”Hanclaf had no reply.Into the silence, Beowulf said, "Not one of you is even fit to be my squire. You have warred with men, but none of you have the strength, the tempered hate in your heart to do what is required." Then he pointed the bloody dagger at me and said, "Except for you.”That was the happiest moment of my life. That was the moment I knew I would have my revenge. Many things happen in the heat of battle which can not be remembered or explained afterwards. This battle with the Dragon would be the perfect concealment for my bloody and most deserved revenge.“Bring your spear,” he told me. As he said it, he smiled.“What about us?” one of the Thanes asked.Beowulf said, “Yes. Bring spears. When you drop them and flee it will give Wiglaf something to pick up.” Get full access to How It's Written by Patrick E. McLean at patrickemclean.substack.com/subscribe

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