Why do we like to dream about the end of the world? Claudia Moreno Pisano joins me to talk about the function of apocalyptic fiction in culture–both as a contemporary trend and as a more ancient, universal human phenomenon. Our conversation attempts to understand the implications of living in a society that relentlessly produces images of its own demise.
Below is a list, in no particular order, of wikipedia links to some of the books, movies, and cultural figures that came up in this episode:
Melancholia, Stephen King’s The Stand, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, The Twilight Zone, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Children of Men, I Am Legend, Deep Impact, Armageddon, Mad Max, Waterworld, Independence Day, The Walking Dead, Night of the Living Dead, George Romero, Slavoj Zizek, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Joseph Campbell, William Carlos Williams, The Avengers Transformers, Cloverfield, Planet of the Apes, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Ernest Becker’s Denial of Death, Pan’s Labrynth, The Shining, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Avatar, Terminator 2, Rebel Without a Cause.