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June 2017



Can feel it? See it? Hear it today?

Of course you can because this month’s Read Watch Play theme is #epicread!!!

For people who like the challenge of a gargantuan tome the likes of Gregory David Roberts’ “Shantaram” or  Leo Tolstoy’s “War & Peace”, a lengthy series like Stephen King’s Gunslinger/Dark Tower or Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time”, sonic pilgrimages like Kamasi Washington’s 3 hour Jazz opus called “The Epic” or knocking off ten years worth of TV episodes you always meant to watch (I recommend “The Sopranos”, “The Wire” & “Oz”), this month is all about the epic!!!

Epic films from the classic era, including “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Ben Hur”, “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” & “Spartacus”, as well as more modern works, including “Dances With Wolves” & “Apocalypse Now” entertain with their scope and cinematography, as well as their running times.

Fantasy & Science Fiction (Speculative fiction?…) are the genres that make up the heavy weight class in terms of epic stories. Sometimes only short stories with the density of a neutron star, think Robert Heinlein & Arthur C. Clarke, or ongoing series to seriously bog you down or let you immerse yourself in alternative worlds, think J.R.R. Tolkien & George R.R. Martin, Alastair Reynolds & Isaac Asimov.

Round the world trips (Pole to Pole by Michael Palin), trekking the Camino (Walking the Camino by Tony Kevin), up the slopes of Everest (Maverick Mountaineer by Robert Wainwright), riding the rails in the Russia (Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux), or cycling around France (French Revolutions by Tim Moore), books about epic travel may instil the bug in the reader or just allow people to tread a path they would not take themselves. Also, especially for Australians, there are plenty of big things on the roadside to explore (banana, pineapple, mosquito etc.) as well as the real epic adventures like the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, Angkor Wat & the Maya & Inca Ruins of South America.

The exploration of the world & space, in various fields of endeavour, has yielded many stories of epic courage, striving and endurance. David Attenborough’s documentation of flora & fauna, polar exploration (Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard), scientific exploration and explanation of geology (The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester), physics (Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking) & anthropology (Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond) are great examples of #epicread.

For gamers there are the aptly titled MMO’s (Massively Multiplayer Online) like World of Warcraft & Elder Scrolls, online interactive first person shooters, app games and a plethora of console and PC based options for Epic gaming!!!

There will be a twitter discussion on 27 June  starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags  #epicread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of  #epicread, so others can join in the conversation too!

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