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2.48: Goosebumps

Haman shivers with antici... wait for it.

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and provide analysis of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 47 - "A Descent Into the Maelstrom" (宇宙の渦), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research on what an Edgar Allen Poe short story has to do with Zeta.


- Japanese Wikipedia Pages for Edgar Allen Poe/エドガー・アラン・ポー and A Descent into the Maelstrom/メエルシュトレエムに呑まれて.

- English Wikipedia pages for Edgar Allen Poe and A Descent into the Maelstrom.

- Wikipedia pages for Wind from the Sun (the Arthur C. Clarke short story collection that includes Maelstrom II) and 2001 Nights.

- You can read A Descent into the Maelstrom on Project Gutenberg.

- Wikipedia page for whirlpools (with a section on the Moskstraumen).

- Analysis of A Descent into the Maelstrom:

Finholt, Richard D. “The Vision at the Brink of the Abyss: ‘A Descent into the Maelstrom’ in the Light of Poe's Cosmology.” The Georgia Review, vol. 27, no. 3, 1973, pp. 356–366. JSTOR, Accessed 3 June 2020.

Budick, E. Miller. “The Fall of the House: A Reappraisal of Poe's Attitudes toward Life and Death.” The Southern Literary Journal, vol. 9, no. 2, 1977, pp. 30–50. JSTOR, Accessed 3 June 2020.

Person, Leland S. “Trusting the Tellers: Paradoxes of Narrative Authority in Poe's ‘A Descent into the Maelström.’” The Journal of Narrative Technique, vol. 23, no. 1, 1993, pp. 46–56. JSTOR, Accessed 3 June 2020.

Sweeney, Gerard M. “Beauty and Truth: Poe's ‘A Descent into the Maelstrom.’” Poe Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, 1973, pp. 22–25., doi:10.1111/j.1754-6095.1973.tb00305.x.

- The TNN this week includes the sound effect "Radio Noise" posted to Orange Sounds by Alexander. You can access the license here.


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