The BLAH Salon: Jamelle Bouie
Slate.com’s Jamelle Bouie joins us for the start of a project we’ve
been planning practically since the Long Night: The BLAH Salon! In each
installment of this series, we’ll be spotlighting a writer or artist
whose work doesn’t normally touch on A Song of Ice and Fire or Game of Thrones but who is nonetheless a fan, exploring how the world of Westeros interests and influences them.
Our first guest in the BLAH Salon is Jamelle Bouie,
staff writer for Slate. As a national political correspondent with a
specific focus on race, he’s written with compelling clarity about the
tumultuous, troubling year that just ended. He was also the first famous
face Sean spotted in boiledleather.com’s followers. His insightful and
enthusiastic commentary on the books, the show, along with other pop-
and nerd-culture cornerstones, coupled with his insight into
sociopolitics, made Sean and I think he’d be the perfect guest for
this inaugural installment. Our wide-ranging discussion hits on Slaver’s
Bay, the role of Roose & Ramsay, the problem with privilege
discourse, how good hip-hop and good fantasy both wear their influences
on their sleeves, the bizarrely productive racism of H.P. Lovecraft, and
the scene that made him a believer in George R.R. Martin’s magnum opus.
Jamelle’s work at Slate here.
Previous episodes here.
Podcast RSS feed here.
iTunes page here.
Sean’s blog here.
Stefan’s blog here.