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Episode 42 - Life and Death on the Table. Babette's Feast, Memory and the Commune, w/ Alessandra Pino

Ep. 42

In this episode I am joined by the excellent Alessandra Pino to talk about the 1958 short story by Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen), Babette's Feast! We talk about food, gothic food, its power as a means of memory and communication, along with the larger matter of the Paris Commune, some of its history and the relationship with food, both in the story and in reality. It's a lot of fun! Enjoy!

 

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https://unbound.com/books/a-gothic-cookbook/ https://twitter.com/foodforflo?s=20

Allie's Romancing The Gothic lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8v8PDwHFhM

 

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Intro Music: Gymnopédie Nº1, Erik Satie, 1888

Outro Music: Downtime, Vistas, Miracle of Sound, 2014 -> Check out his Bandcamp! https://miracleofsound.bandcamp.com/

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