Episode Twelve: The Sopranos and Moby Dick

Sopranos I get it

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What is Tony Soprano?  Who is Ahab and what’s with the whale?  And what do these cultural characters have to do with the American subconscious, the loss of direct spiritual experience, the genocide of Native Americans, and the war in Iraq?  My guest this week, literature professor Jeremey Cagle, has done a lot of thinking about these subjects, and joins me for a fascinating discussion that attempts to locate The Sopranos in relation to another towering work of American artistic weirdness, Moby Dick, and to explore how each of these works can function as mystical gateways into the psychology of a nation in constant (perhaps, epic) flux.

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