Guest host Stephen Colbert presents stories in which objects change lives.
We are used to gradual changes in life, but in the two stories presented on this show, peoples’ lives are altered dramatically in a very short space of time.
In Jack Finney’s “Where the Cluetts Are,” a wealthy couple builds an authentic Victorian house, and are caught up its mood. As the architect-narrator comments, “You’ve been in that kind of house; everyone has. For no reason you can explain you feel a joy at just being in it.”
Finney was a prolific science-fiction writer whose works include “The Body Snatchers,” which was the basis for the cult film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” and the classic time-travel novel Time and Again. He loved to write about the places where the past and the present overlap. In this case, it happens in a “new” old house. The reader is stage and film actor Philip Casnoff, whose work includes roles in the musicals “Shogun,” and “Chicago” and television shows including “Oz,” “Strong Medicine,” “Numbers,” and “NCIS.” He starred in the television miniseries “Sinatra.”
The catalyst for change is smaller in the next story, “Lederhosen,” by Haruki Murakami, in which a pair of the iconic German hiking shorts is a marital game-changer. Well, any story by the celebrated Japanese author is life altering. He starts with something simple, and before you know it, you’re in an alternate reality. Lonely husbands search for UFO’s, elevated highways lead to parallel universes. In this case, a placid Japanese wife sets out to buy her husband a pair of shorts, and—well, you’ll hear what happens.
Stephen Colbert is featured on the cover of the February 3rd, 2014 edition of ‘America Magazine’. Featured in the issue, is the article ‘Truth and Truhiness’ by Patrick R. Manning, which explores the ways in which Stephen Colbert has captivated his audience, comparing him to St. Augustine of Hippo, and examines how members of the Catholic Chruch can be more effective in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by studying how Stephen Colbert effectively engages with his audience.
Stephen shows his solidarity with his fellow Ukrainian Comrades in Collanders.
I was so hoping that Stephen would cover the Chinese rip-off story, and thankfully he did. Generally, his character hits hard against these “Who’s Riding my Coattails” kinds of stories, but he seemed pretty up for a trip to China, sagely noting that The Banquet is exposed to 400 million viewers. What do you think? Maybe Stephen should do a week of episodes from China? I think he deserves the budget for a nice, remote series of shows. Continue reading →
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