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Episode 188: He Drinks Tables Under the Table

April 29th, 2016 | Robin

In the Gaming Hut, Patreon backer Bill Sundwall wants Ken to mash up two of his projects, The Madness Dossier and Night’s Black Agents, into one.

The Business of Gaming looks for the best ways to combat harassment within our community.

The Book Hut responds to backer Frank King’s request for a look at the work of Umberto Eco.

And finally we wonder what Ken’s Time Machine had to do with the 1825 collapse of the Fonthill Abbey tower.

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5 Responses to “Episode 188: He Drinks Tables Under the Table”

  1. Phil Masters says:

    Another question, triggered by this issue’s Time Machine section, regarding another of Ken’s past missions: Why did Ken claim to be from Porlock?

  2. Johan Broman says:

    Thank you for talking about for the best ways to combat harassment within our community. I think that you as respected members of the hobby gaming community can really help make a difference.

  3. Tom Clare says:

    I checked with my wife, and she thought your combating harassment talk artfully done. So.

  4. Tim Emrick says:

    I own Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum, and try to reread them every few years, but I found The Island of the Day Before nigh impenetrable for pretty much the same reasons Ken gave. The only collection of his nonfiction that I’ve read so far is Serendipities, which are essays about how wrong ideas have led to new discoveries in spite of themselves. Most of them are very readable and entertaining (though the one that is essentially an excerpt from Search for the Perfect Language is longer and much slower going, so is my least favorite).

    When other people ask me about Eco, I warn them that he is a challenging read at the best of times. He puts on a spectacle of erudition and forces you to closely engage with his text in order to keep up with him. I’m more than willing to do that when he’s telling a story that has an easily discernable framework and a compelling plot (like Rose or Pendulum), because all those little esoteric details that he revels in are right up my alley. But that’s because my own bookishness is permanently stuck at the “once started a library degree” level.

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