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Season 5 Episodes

Episode image is a detail from the cover of Through The Language Glass by Guy Deutscher, published by Arrow Books in 2011; cover design by Kelly Too; mirror illustration derived from textiles sourced from istockphoto.com.

Episode image is a detail from the cover of Through The Language Glass by Guy Deutscher, published by Arrow Books in 2011; cover design by Kelly Too; mirror illustration derived from textiles sourced from istockphoto.com.

Joining Charles Adrian for the 104th Second-Hand Book Factory is Nottingham-born writer and comedian, also translator, editor and interpreter-in-ovo, James Harris. They discuss comedians on comedy, the naming of people and the now-discredited Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

The Print Room protest, which is mentioned in this episode, was intended to highlight the lack of representation of actors of Chinese and East Asian heritage on the London theatre scene. Some reflections on the protest by Daniel York and Vera Chok can be found here, here and here. Photographs of the protest by Suki Mok can be found here.

Vera Chok is an old friend of the podcast. Her most recent appearance, at the time this episode was released, can be found here.

Episode released: 18th April, 2017.

 

Book listing:

A Clown Too Many by Les Dawson

Yellow by Vera Chok (from The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla)

Through The Language Glass (Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages) by Guy Deutscher

 

Links:

Scenes From A Yellowface Execution: Daniel York on Howard Barker’s In The Depths of Dead Love at the Print Room

More thoughts on The Print Room

Daniel York: The night I was spat at for protesting ‘yellowface’

The Print Room - Suki Mok

The Good Immigrant

Vera Chok

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Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
 

James Harris

Charles Adrian