Movies for the End of the World: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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Part 3 of Movies of the End of the World comes with a special guest, Maya Beck, who selected Hayao Miyazaki's post-apocalyptic Japanese classic of the push for peace in the midst of war, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. 

Maya was built in San Diego, CA and her creator-dad told her that she would become a real girl when she made 100 friends. She's stalled in the single digits, but takes comfort in the fact that she'll be on the stronger side of the imminent human-robot war.

She is story editor at Paper Darts and her work can be found at Lit Hub, Revolver, Mizna, PANK, Pollen, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and more.

Where to Find Maya:
@mayathebeing

Notes for the episode: 
1. The Warriors on the Wind Poster:
Glorious insanity, no?

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2. The quote Maya references, about Bjork, from the New York Times, to rebuff Courtney: 

"In an interview at her apartment in Brooklyn, she said “Utopia” had long been her working title for the album. While making it, she read extensively about utopias: in academic studies and in stories and novels through the centuries, from ancient fables to the science fiction of Octavia E. Butler. “Utopia has gone from everything being monasteries, to feminist islands, to socialism, to ‘Peach Blossom Spring,” she said, referring to a tale of an isolated, idyllic community that was written in the fifth century in China.

The 2016 election of Donald J. Trump only strengthened her determination to envision hope. “If optimism ever was like an emergency, it’s now,” she said. “Instead of moaning and becoming really angry, we need to actually come up with suggestions of what the world we want to live in, in the future, could be. This album is supposed to be like an idea, a suggestion, a proposal of the world we could live in.”