Oxford University, Publishing careers, and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’; Nostalgia interview with Michael Gibson

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In the latest episode of the Nostalgia podcast series, Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies, interviews Michael Gibson who works as a Senior Editor at Lexington Books.

Michael lives in Athens, Georgia, and has written on the likes of Paul Schrader and Stanley Kubrick. In this interview, we hear about Michael’s earliest memories are to do with film, including going to see The Empire Strikes Back and seeing the trailer on TV for The Shining. We learn how the Criterion Channel has kept him sane during lockdown and that Michael has been watching old Japanese films.

We also learn about Michael’s career journey, how he wound up in publishing, how it keeps him in touch with his research interests, and the interdisciplinary scope that he is afforded. Michael then talks about his time spent at Oxford and the different ways that geopolitics was covered in the UK and US, and he talks about it being a life-changing experience.

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