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Poe Ballantine’s Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere included in list of “What to Read, Watch, and Listen to When Season 1 of Serial Is Over,” by David Haglund for Slate

11 Dec 2014|

Last week on the Serial Spoiler Special, we asked listeners to suggest books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts that fans of Serial might enjoy. With Season 1 set to end next week, we figured it was a good time to start looking.

And we got a lot of great suggestions. We discuss a few of them on this week’s episode of the Spoiler Special, which will go up this evening. In the meantime, here are all the things our listeners recommended, plus suggestions from me, my Spoiler Special co-host Katy Waldman, and from our guest on this week’s episode, Grantland film critic Wesley Morris.

Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere
Another film currently on the festival circuit is Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. A listener named Kurt recommends seeing it when you can—and, in the meantime, reading the book of the same name that it’s based on, by Poe Ballantine. It’s a memoir set in Chadron, Neb., and it addresses “the murder (or suicide) of the local State College’s math professor under extremely odd circumstances. Everyone has theories, and nobody has answers, and the town,” Kurt says, is “very Twin Peaks-y in its characters, locales,” and the “strange idiosyncrasies of many parties.” Kurt, who has written about the film, calls the book “an elegant, down-to-earth piece of writing that is always full of surprises, humor, and curiosity.”

To read the entire article, go to Slate.