Episode 08 – There’s a Hole in the Fabric of My Sanity

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we are joined again by our friend author Ian Michael Everett to discuss the representation of minorities in fiction, especially those with mental illnesses. After our “This Week” section, we fail to actually explain the Hugo Awards kerfuffle, so you should probably just read George R.R. Martin’s Livejournal posts about it. Next, we get into how some white males freak out when non-white people play some characters (eg. Idris Elba possibly playing James Bond, or actually playing Roland from The Dark Tower). Then, we focus on Ian’s work to depict shizo-affective disorder in the novel he is currently revising, Pillarbreaker, and how his friend Emmett helped him understand mental illness better.

Check out Emmett’s blog at My Journal of Psychotic Illness for a powerfully personal description of the struggles people with mental illness encounter on a daily basis.

Follow Ian Michael Everett at Twitter and Facebook to keep up with when his new novel will be out, and see his blog for samples of his work.

This Week:

Ian: The Traitor Baru Cormorant (novel) by Seth DickinsonJessica Jones (Netflix series)

Duane: Star Ship Sofa episode 418 (podcast), BUZZR (over-the-air game show network), In the Realms of the Unreal (2004 documentary by Jessica Yu about Henry Darger, janitor and “outsider” artist; watch it on YouTube)

David: Sin CitySin City: A Dame to Kill ForThe SpiritYoga HosersThe Orbit Magazine Anthology: Re-Entry by Rob St. Mary

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeremy Szal says:

    Hey guys,

    Fiction/assistant editor of SSS here. Thanks a lot for mentioning our show and Julie’s story – we’re glad you liked it and hope you keep listening!

    Also, completely agree on the Joss Whedon/Marvel front.

    1. duane says:


      I’ll definitely keep listening — I started way back in the day with Alfred Bester when it was Tony and Ciaran hosting — and I continue to love what Tony and you are doing. Keep it up!

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