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Secrets of Story Episode 30: What Do We Really Mean By “Genre”? (with guest Jonathan Auxier)

July 30, 2021

Our guest on the last episode of the Secrets of Story podcast, children’s author Jonathan Auxier, got off on a lengthy tangent. We had to cut it for time, but then we decided to make that tangent its own episode!

And so today, in Episode 30, Jonathan explains his insightful metaphor about how genre is “like hamburgers.” It goes to some interesting places! Along the way we apply his idea to Alien, Sweeney Todd, and more. And then towards the end I talk about the connections between Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and the soundtracks to Alien and Star Wars. Listen here: