Episode 28: Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Photo: Alia Youssef

A bold and brilliant new indigenous voice in contemporary literature makes her American debut with this kinetic, imaginative, and sensuous fable inspired by the traditional Canadian Métis legend of the Rogarou—a werewolf-like creature that haunts the roads and woods of native people’s communities.” From Harper Collins. 

This episode begins quietly, with the Spoilers in a contemplative mode, as they feel their way through the dark forest of Dimaline’s intriguing new novel about a young Métis woman’s search for her missing husband. White occasionally pausing to ponder theoretical subjects such as human morality, culture, belief, and the architecture of consciousness, the spoilers do their best to figure out the mysterious rougarou, bone salt, where Victor is, and the post-booty-call rustle at the door that concludes the book. The end result is an always intriguing, increasingly hilarious exploration of connectedness, identity, and the wildness inside us all (we see you, Cecile).

Mentioned in the Episode

Resources on Métis history and culture

What we're reading, watching, listening to, eating, etc:​

  • Adriana — Grey’s Anatomy (new season)
  • Todd — The Wire; S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland
  • Crystal — Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy
  • Anita — Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

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