A year ago, I started on a podcast called Double Vision, with a very specific premise: Each episode would take one literary work and one film, released as close to simultaneously as possible. Though different processes of creation and distribution leave some flexibility in release dates, one guiding idea has been that this pair is something where both could have been experienced by someone in some moment as genuinely new.
If you have not listened to anything in the first batch (17 episodes running through to April), you will likely find something in that collection of interest. Often with the help of great guests, Double Vision includes some wonderful connections.
Coordinating such conversations has been my major roadblock on this project, so here is an update and an invitation. I have mapped out a six-month roadmap for Double Vision, with at least two podcast episodes each month, moving chronologically from 1990 to 2001. If you are looking for things to read, perhaps you might follow along with some or all of this.
Currently, these are all set to be solo episodes, but if you would like to chime in on any of these topics (either at length or in brief), reach out.
Double Vision: Season Two
1990: Lucy (Jamaica Kincaid) / Total Recall (dir. Paul Verhoeven)
1991: Time's Arrow (Martin Amis) / The Silence of the Lambs (dir. Jonathan Demme)
1992: Texaco (Patrick Chamoiseau) / Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (dir. Chris Columbus) + Indochine (dir. Régis Wargnier)
1993: I Have Said Nothing (J. Yellowlees Douglas) / Groundhog Day (dir. Harold Ramis)
1994: A Frolic of His Own (William Gaddis) / Natural Born Killers (dir. Oliver Stone)
1995: Patchwork Girl (Shelley Jackson) / Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie (dir. Bob Gale) + Antonia (dir. Marleen Gorris)
1996: Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace) / Happy Gilmore (dir. Dennis Dugan) + Bottle Rocket (dir. Wes Anderson)
1997: The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) / Lost Highway (dir. David Lynch)
1998: Glamorama (Bret Easton Ellis) / The Truman Show (dir. Peter Weir)
1999: "Daddy's World" (Walter Jon Williams) / eXistenZ (dir. David Cronenberg)
2000: The Sonatas of Saint Francis (Michael Joyce, Matthew Hanlon, Andrea Morris, Carolyn Guyer) / Amores perros (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu)
2001: The PowerBook (Jeanette Winterson) / Ghost World (dir. Terry Zwigoff)