In This Episode: Scott’s guest is author Lisa Ann Sandell, who presents a re-imagined version of the legend of the Lady of Shalott in an authentic 6th century setting in her novel Song Of The Sparrow. Plus: Humorist Erik Sass talks about the lighter side of the Age of Chivalry in his book The Mental_Floss History Of The World; and a look at loyalty, leadership and the “no-layoff policy.”
Segment 1: Loyalty, Leadership and No-Layoff
- Read a piece in about the financial and logistic factors behind no-layoff programs in the Wall Street Journal;
- NPR profiles several large manufacturing companies that have implemented no-layoff policies to retain their employees.
Segment 2: Chivalry á la Shalott – Interview with Lisa Ann Sandell, author of Song of the Sparrow
- Buy Song Of The Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell.
- Segment music: The Lady of Shalott, sung by Loreena McKennitt is from her 2006 CD The Visit.
- Full text of the poem The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson (with study notes for students and other interested readers who want to know a bit more about this famous piece).
- 19th century paintings depicting romantic images of the Lady of Shalott by J.W. Waterhouse (two versions from 1894 and the most famous from 1888) and William H. Hunt.
- Follow Lisa’s further writings and thoughts in her blog.
Below: Video of The Lady of Shalott, performed by Loreena McKennitt.
Segment 3: Erik Sass Flosses Up The Age of Chivalry
- Buy The Mental_Floss History Of The World
- Learn more about Mental_Floss Magazine, “Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix.”
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Next month on Episode 37: Prof. Jennifer R. Goodman, author of Chivalry and Exploration: 1298-1630