Podcast: A History of Christmas by Quentin Lewis

A History of Christmas | Quentin Lewis

In which anthropologist and friend of KoPoint, Quentin Lewis, tells us about the history of Christmas:

Merry Christmas all! Today I present—Quentin’s Quick History of Christmas. This podcast is a bit different from my usual fare, and it’s longer, but hopefully entertaining.

A few shownotes:

All of this information comes from Steve Nissenbaum’s amazing, Pulitzer nominated “The Battle for Christmas”, one of the best pieces of social and cultural history I have ever read.

Much of the music came from the various recordings of Nowell Sing We Clear, whose records you can buy at Golden Hind Music.

I’ve also included clips from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Family Ties, Twas the Night Before Christmas by Rankin/Bass, and:

Carl Dellinger’s recitation of the Cherryville Shooter’s Chant

Elton John’s recitation of “A Visit from St. Nickolas”

and the following Clips from Archive.org:

A Few Christmas Songs

Christmas Melody

Find more great programs like this on KoPoint.

Thanks for listening.

Audio Enclosure

Quentin Lewis | Contributor, Curator; KoPoint Horror

I’m an archaeologist with an interest in capitalism, landscape change, and the recent past. Occasionally also interested in punk rock, comics, and a stiff ale.

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KoPoint’s First Annual Halloween Spooktacular!

Happy Halloween!

Editor’s note:
This episode was recorded by myself, Dan Patterson, and Dan Andrlik, and lovingly edited by Quentin Lewis and Dan Andrlik. The shownotes were composed by Mr. Andrlik. The three of us have been friends since the early-1990’s and we’ve worked on many personal creative projects together. This episode was another great collaboration between old friends. We recorded this episode a week prior to Halloween. Due to Hurricane Sandy, electricity and internet access in New York City have been rare commodities. Dan and Quentin fearlessly (yeah, pun intended) jumped in to action, learned to edit audio on the fly, and cut this beautiful episode sans my editorial or technical input. I couldn’t be more grateful of their work or proud of their creation! – DHP

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We’re starting an annual tradition here at KoPoint to celebrate this most spooky of holidays. One of the best parts of this season is gathering together to tell scary stories and share the creepy things that make our skin crawl. This year, KoPoint invited archaeologist Quentin Lewis, resident storyteller Daniel Andrlik, and our own Dan Patterson to talk about our favorite scary stories, and what they mean to us.

We start off discussing one of our favorite horror writers, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, then broaden our discussion to horror in media and fiction. Along the way we discuss the stories that matter to us, the link between scary stories and urban myth, as well as our favorite Halloween traditions.

We would love to hear about your favorite scary stories, your favorite scary movies, and all about your personal Halloween traditions. Share them with us in the comments below, or use the hashtag #spooktacular on your social media site of choice.

Topics of discussion

Intro: About Halloween

Segment One: H.P. Lovecraft (but of course!)

H.P. Lovecraft short stories as recorded by Quentin Lewis:

Segment Two: Horror in Fiction

Segment Three: Traditions

KoPoint’s Halloween Spooktacular

Happy Halloween!

We’re starting an annual tradition here at KoPoint to celebrate this most spooky of holidays. One of the best parts of this season is gathering together to tell scary stories and share the creepy things that make our skin crawl. This year, KoPoint invited archaeologist Quentin Lewis, resident storyteller Daniel Andrlik, and our own Dan Patterson to talk about our favorite scary stories, and what they mean to us.

We start off discussing one of our favorite horror writers, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, then broaden our discussion to horror in media and fiction. Along the way we discuss the stories that matter to us, the link between scary stories and urban myth, as well as our favorite Halloween traditions.

We would love to hear about your favorite scary stories, your favorite scary movies, and all about your personal Halloween traditions. Share them with us in the comments below, or use the hashtag #spooktacular on your social media site of choice.

Topics of discussion

Intro: About Halloween
Wikipedia entry on Halloween
How Stuff Works: Halloween
Segment One: H.P. Lovecraft (but of course!)

H.P. Lovecraft: History and Influence
The dark side of Lovecraft: racism
Lovecraft Stories Discussed:
“Pickman’s Model”
“The Temple” (also available in audio from KoPoint here)
“The Rats in the Walls”
“The Music of Erich Zann”

Segment Two: Horror in Fiction

History of the E.C. Comics horror series
Why is Halloween so personal, and why do all these stories matter?
Dread and Tension in Horror
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Urban Myths and Slenderman:
MarbleHornets
Ranker’s list of the 13 scariest internet memes of all time

Dan Patterson shares his own personal Halloween story
Original Fiction by Daniel Andrlik: What his Sister Told Him

Segment Three: Traditions

The gang shares their personal Halloween traditions and a few of their favorite spooky bits.
The Ring
“Click-Clack the Rattlebag” by Neil Gaiman. A free audio short story (until Halloween, after which it goes away). Audible donates to charity whenever it is downloaded. UK version here.
Pseudopod: Audio horror podcast.
Audible Horror Collection
Music: Music Featured in this episode includes
Selections by Better than the Pentagon
Excerpts from Slint’s Spiderland
Halloween by Dream Syndicate
Literature: Excerpted literature featured in this episode includes
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
The Horla by Guy de Maupassant

– Daniel Andrlik

Editor’s note:
This episode was recorded by myself, Dan Patterson, and Dan Andrlik, and lovingly edited by Quentin Lewis and Dan Andrlik. The shownotes were composed by Mr. Andrlik. The three of us have been friends since the early-1990’s and we’ve worked on many personal creative projects together. This episode was another great collaboration between old friends. We recorded this episode a week prior to Halloween. Due to Hurricane Sandy, electricity and internet access in New York City have been rare commodities. Dan and Quentin fearlessly (yeah, pun intended) jumped in to action, learned to edit audio on the fly, and cut this beautiful episode sans my editorial or technical input. I couldn’t be more grateful of their work or proud of their creation!

– Dan Patterson

Learn More:
Dan Andrlik
Quentin Lewis
KoPoint

Thanks for listening and happy Halloween!

‘Dagon’ by H.P. Lovecraft

‘Dagon’ explores the early foundations of H.P. Lovecraft’s notorious ‘Cthulhu Mythos’. with another episode in KoPoint’s H.P. Lovecraft short stories. Read by friend of anthropologist and KoPoint, Quentin Lewis http://quentinlewis.com.

More audio stories by H.P. Lovecraft: http://kpnt.co/lovecraftstories

Happy Halloween!

“Dagon is an early Lovecraft story, where he’s feelling out the Cthulhu Mythos, but hasn’t quite articulated it out yet. It’s also a nice companion piece to last week’s “The Temple”. Both are last testaments of dying men, and both have WWI naval combat as the central plot device, and both rely on the ocean and it’s mysteries for their crowning horror.

It also has some of the great literary tics that Lovecraft would become known for—particularly the suicide note feverishly scrawled and cut off in the last sentance. This has been parodied many times, but perhaps not so well as Patton Oswalt’s Onion AV Club review of KFC’s Famous Bowl.

Have a great Halloween!”

Thanks.

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