It's a post-apocalyptic novel that's been compared to
Stephen King's "The Stand" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road."
It covers a vast time span and features a different kind of vampire, known
as "virals." It's called "The Passage" and it's one
of this summer's hottest books. Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge,
we'll meet the author, Justin Cronin, as we explore monsters. Also...Cartoonist
and author Lynda Barry reminisces about her favorite monsters.
Here there by monsters is what it used to say on the
edges of maps, and it describes the show pretty well. We start cartoonist
Lynda Barry, who reminisces about her favorite monsters. Then
we continue with Justin Cronin, whose novel "The Passage"
has been described as "an engrossingly horrirfic account of a post-apocalyptic
America." He tells Jim Fleming the idea came out of a discussion
with his nine-year-old daughter.
Stephen Asma teaches philosophy at Columbia
College in Chicago. He talks to Anne Strainchamps about his book "On
Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears." Joshua Blu
Buhs is an independent scholar and the author of "Bigfoot:
The Life and Times of a Legend." But he tells Steve Paulson he
doesn't really think the creature exists.
Richard Holmes is fascinated by what he calls
"The Age of Wonder." The subtitle of his book is "how
the romantic generation discovered the beauty and the terror of science,"
and he tells Steve Paulson about how Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
came directly out of the scientific climate of the time.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 10-07-25-A.
- -- Clip from "Frankenstein" used in Monster
Mashup from the DVD, "Frankenstein (Universal Studios Classic Monster
Collection)" (Universal Studios)
- -- Music used in "Monster Mashup" Mix:
-- "Monster Mash"/Bobby "Boris" Pickett
from the CD, "Original Monster Mash" (Polygram Records)
-- ""Werewolves of London"/Warren Zevon
from the CD, "Excitable Boy" (Rhino/WEA)
-- "Abominable Snowman in the Market"/Jonathan Richman from
the CD, "23 Great Recordings by Jonathan Richman and the Modern
Lovers" (Beserkley/Castle Communications)
-- "Godzilla"/Blue Oyster Cult"
from the CD, "Don't Fear The Reaper: Best of Blue Oyster Cult"
-- "Creature From The Black Lagoon"/Dave Edmunds from the
CD, "Repeat When Necessary" (Swan Song/Atlantic)
-- "Frankenstein"/Edgar Winter
from the CD, "Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 3: The Seventies"
- -- Music heard after Justin Cronin interview:
-- "Shining Title Music" from "The Shining"/Wendy
Carlos from the CD, "Rediscovering Lost Scores -- Volume Two"
(East Side Digital) http://www.wendycarlos.com/discs.htm
- -- Music heard after Stephen Asma interview:
-- "The Overlook" from "The Shining"/Wendy Carlos
from the CD, "Rediscovering Lost Scores -- Volume Two" (East
Side Digital) http://www.wendycarlos.com/discs.htm
- -- Music heard after Joshua Blu Buhs interview:
-- "Sasquatch"/Los Straitjackets
from the CD, "The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets"
(Yep Roc Records)
- -- Music heard after Richard Holmes interview:
-- "What's Out There?"/Patrick Doyle
from the CD, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Original Motion Picture
Soundtrack (TriStar Pictures)
Distribution dates: week of 07/25/2010
- hour 1
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