TMR 8.09: CoDex 1962 (Pages 344-406)
We’re into the homestretch! Today episode, featuring special guest Katie Whittemore, kicks off the discussion of the third and final volume of Sjón’s CoDex 1962, “I’m a Sleeping Door: A Science-Fiction Story.” More origin myths in this volume, ranging from the epic and literary, to the mundane and realistic. A woman gives birth to a daughter made up of sperm from four men, and we get to see the fate of all four thousand Icelandic children born during 1962, many of whom have mutated. We find out who’s been talking to whom and (kind of) why. And we find out about a mysterious geneticist. All of these threads are interwoven in a detailed, intricate way that Brian, Katie, and Chad unwind in a fun, intelligent ways.
The next episode will focus on the first eight chapters of this third volume (pages 345-406). The complete schedule can be found here.
Season 9 of the Two Month Review will kick off at the end of July and will feature Monsterhuman by Kjersti Skomsvold. Get your copy now!
And Season 10 will be the first English-language title to be included: Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
Follow Open Letter, Chad Post, and Brian Wood for more thoughts on Sjón and literature in general, and for information about upcoming guests. And you can read some of Katie Whittemore’s translations here and here.
And be sure to preorder Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is coming out this fall from BOA Editions.