I’ve not done a linkblog in too long, have I? Well, here’s one for you.
First, a podcast I came across after hearing it recommended in the Good Place podcast — Cocaine and Rhinestones. For those of you who like my music writing, this is very much the same kind of thing as California Dreaming, but about country music, although it’s from an angle with more personal experience, because Tyler Mahan Coe, the writer/presenter, is the son of David Allen Coe, who is a famous country singer. (For those of you who are worried, because you know Coe sr.’s reputation, there is no overt racism or misogyny in the podcast, although there is one use of whorephobic language. In fact the podcast seems to come from a fairly feminist place, and Coe makes a point occasionally of attacking racism in country music.)
Each episode tells one story about country music history, and they all build up to give a much bigger picture. Take note however, some of the stories may be triggering, especially the one about Spade Cooley.
Andrew Rilstone on the controversy over Talons of Weng Chiang and how it’s obviously racist. (warning, contains various racist images as illustration).
Jack Graham on systemic racism in Doctor Who more generally.
And Big Finish have a sale on on the Bernice Summerfield audios, with code BIRTHDAY. This includes the interesting season nine, on CD for £2.50 each. Of those, The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel may be especially interesting to people who follow my blog, as it’s a stealth Faction Paradox crossover and also features David Warner as Mycroft Holmes.