For those of you who haven’t gotten their fill of talking about the finale of Game of Thrones, I made an appearance over at Graphic Policy Radio with Elana Levin, Dothraki expert Tihi Hayslett, and Shakespeare-ologist Sarah Rasher.
After several delays and a good deal of consideration, I’ve finally taken the plunge and started a Patreon campaign. Initially, I wanted to wait until the bulk of Kickstarter rewards were fulfilled, because I don’t like double-dipping on people. And then life got in the way…
Anyway, the goal for the Patreon is to help me shift from writing about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture (including but not limited to ASOIAF) mostly for a hobby towards writing about it for a living.
So if you can chip in a little bit per month to help me achieve that goal (or can help spread the word on social media about the campaign), it would be greatly appreciated. I want to promise off the bat that the heart of this blog – regular essays about ASOIAF and comics and the like – will not be pay-gated. There’s some great Patreon reward levels, but they all involve getting to read stuff early and getting access to bonus stuff and the like. My intention is that Race for the Iron Throne and my other endeavors continue to be fun and accessible for supporters and casual readers alike.
Either way, I’ve had a great time writing and chatting with you all for these past several years, and hope to keep the conversation going for many years to come.
A couple weeks ago, I was invited on my friend and colleague Miles Schneiderman’s Smashfic Podcast to debate whether the Unsullied or the 300 Spartans (specifically the Snyder/Miller version of them) were the better fighting force.
The result was a highly entertaining blend of sophistry, casuistry, and quite a bit of silliness.
Check it out! (embedded player available if you click the blue 2)
For a while now, I’ve been part of a virtual panel along with JSLAL, History of Westeros, and Lady Gwyn from Radio Westeros, where we swapped ideas about the military traditions of the Seven Kingdoms.
Rather than keeping our thoughts to ourselves, we got together last week and recorded a podcast about it.
Check it out!
Hey folks! In lieu of another Fire & Blood essay – I start teaching on Monday and finishing my syllabi and readings and lectures comes first – here’s a podcast I recorded with Stefan Sasse over at Boiled Leather Audio Hour:
Check it out!
This week, I have a special treat for you: BryndenBFish and PoorQuentyn were kind enough to invite me onto their podcast to discuss one of my favorite chapters in A Game of Thrones, Eddard XI. Join us as we discuss medieval power politics, the posthumous reputations of Ned Stark and Tywin Lannister, and many other topics.
You can listen above or wherever you download your podcasts.
The Maurice Druon essay is up to 1800 words, so let’s get back to the Tumblrs!
One of the unintended consequences of taking a long time to finish an essay – the Maurice Druon essay is up to about 1000 words, btw – is that a lot of Tumblr stuff piles up in the mean time. So just eye-balling it, I’m guessing that it’s going to take more than one post to clear my backlog. Speaking of which…
So a whole lot of people went to go see Avengers: Infinity War over the weekend, and I was one of them so that I could discuss the film with the good folks at Graphic Policy Radio. We talk about the movie for about an hour and a half, and we get very, very spoilery. So definitely give a listen only if you’ve seen the film and follow comic book movie news, or if you don’t care about spoilers at all.