A Wrinkle in Time

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This week we talked about Madeline L’Engle’s classic YA fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time. We got a little carried away this week and forgot to leave our spoiler policy on air, so know that we will spoileverything. If you’re the sort of person who is bothered by this, you might want to go read the book before you click on the link. For those of you brave, stubborn, or just plain different enough to continue, join us as we trip balls with the Murry family and friends. Hear what local ambient noise thinks about the book as dogs, trucks, and leafblowers join the podcast through our very not soundproof studio walls.

The music bump this week is “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News because that is the one thing humans have that IT doesn’t.

06 – A Wrinkle in Time – Tessering Balls

4 thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Time

    snoddie said:
    April 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I remember reading this book way back in halls of Sunflower Elementary. However the “Power of Love” opening got be all excited to hear some Doc Brown or Marty Mcfly sound clips.

    I also agree that the line between science fiction and science fantasy are becoming harder and harder to distinguish, I think the strongest distinction between traditional Sci Fiction and the growing Science Fantasy Genera, is Sci-fi tries to rationalize out the unexplained while fantasy just accepts them. For example Star Trek tries very hard to explain why and how things work, while Star Wars is very much “We have laser swords because they look cool!” Not saying one is right or better just that’s how I distinguish the two.

    At least wrinkle in time tries to explain worm hole physics or at least alludes to them.

    Anyhow great podcast really enjoyed it, might I suggest you post a schedule of books your reading and going to cover so it’s easier for someone to “Read Along”.

      Ben and Gabs Roman responded:
      April 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I will add a tab for anybody interested in reading along with us. Good suggestion! #Gabs

    Caitlin said:
    April 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Hey! I really enjoyed listening to this episode; I didn’t know that reading A Wrinkle in Time was so common because usually when I mention it to people as one of my favorite childhood books they haven’t heard of it. It was really interesting how you were saying that a lot of women enjoyed and identified with this book. I was thinking about why that might be, and reading this book as an awkward young girl, I know that I really identified with Meg’s insecurities. I also think that L’Engle makes almost all of the characters very…nurturing. I feel like there’s not a lot of stereotypical male machismo displayed by the characters; the boys who love sports are also quite compassionate and aren’t afraid to express what they’re feeling. Charles Wallace, in particular, is extremely empathetic and sensitive to Meg’s moods, despite being so young. I think L’Engle writes her characters to have a lot of emotional intelligence and awareness, which I really like. Perhaps that’s part of why this book might appeal to women; although the book could possibly have used more action, I enjoyed the way the characters expressed themselves. That’s just my perspective on it, but I’d love to hear anyone else’s take on that!

      Ben and Gabs Roman responded:
      April 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Thanks for the iTunes comment! Now we look slightly less terrible there.

      It boggles me that people can not know what A Wrinkle in Time is. Seriously, people. I think you’re right on with L’Engle’s characters displaying emotional intelligence and awareness. Maybe that’s why people get a “girly” feeling from it? As we all know, you can only be emotional if you are a woman.


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