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SUBTEXT Literature and Film Podcast

Wes Alwan and Erin O'Luanaigh
ArtsSociety & CultureBooks

SUBTEXT is a podcast about the human condition, and what we can learn about it from the greatest inventions of the human imagination: fiction, film, drama, poetry, essays, and criticism. Each episode, philosopher Wes Alwan and poet Erin O’Luanaigh explore life’s big questions by conducting a close reading of a text or film and co-writing an audio essay about it in real time.


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Latest Episodes

Wes & Erin continue their discussion of Orson Welles’s “Citizen Kane.” more

a month ago

It’s a film bursting with objects—the treasure troves of Xanadu, a snowglobe, jigsaw puzzles, a winner’s cup, the famous sled. Even the conceptual elements of the film’s plot are expressed tangibly. Kane’s mind-boggling wealth isn’t an abstraction, b... more

2 months ago

Part 6 of Wes & Erin’s discussion of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” more

2 months ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 263 ratings
  • Thoughtful

    Brings different perspectives to various works of literature

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • My Perfect Podcast

    Subtext is a delightful podcast hosted by Wes Alwan and Erin O’Luanaigh. Mr. Alwan’s other podcast—The Partially Examined Life—was the first podcast I listened to over 13 years ago (I think), so you can consider me a longtime fan. I find both hosts to be erudite, and I find their discourse to be very spirited, regardless of the subject, even though I love most of the things they talk about. more

    Apple Podcasts
    bresson ford
    United States3 months ago
  • The BEST . . . compared to the rest.

    I listen to lots of podcasts and many of them are not fun to listen to because the audio quality is poor, the voices are shrill or harsh, one person is louder than another person (in the conversation), the laughter is too frequent or too annoying to enjoy. This is my ‘common’ experience. And then there’s THIS podcast, SUBTEXT, which has none of those negative things. Instead, the audio quality is above average; the voices of Wes and Erin are pleasant to listen to, as is their laughter, as is the... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Excellent show!

    I love it, thank you!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Erin and Wes take the listener on an in depth analysis of poetry and film. The tone is conversational and fun, yet richly rewarding.

    Podcast Addict
    a year ago

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