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"I did not need to be convinced that the recently completed Lost was a series of great complexity and depth, one of the most narratively rich in the history of the medium, but I was not prepared to discover the Lost Sarah Clarke Stuart discovers in this important and insightful book. By diving deeper than any critic has to-date into Lost's intertextuality, by asking questions nobody so far had thought to ask, Stuart not only takes our understanding of a small-screen masterwork to a whole new level; she also builds ready-to-be crossed bridges between one-time adversaries: literature and television." - David Lavery, co-author of Lost's Buried Treasures

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Sarah Clarke Stuart teaches composition, media studies and literature at the University of North Florida. She has been teaching and writing about Lost for several years.

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Smart book! 3 May 2011
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For too long academics and other pseudo-intellectual types have sweepingly dismissed television as an "idiot box" or beneath consideration. A number of people brag about being tv-less as if that inbues them with some sort of greater mental status. The fact is that television has some high-end intelligent shows (It's not all Jersey Shore!). Its wonderful that we now have academics acknowledging that and bringing their expertise to the study of these shows.

What I really love about this book is how it gives the reader a framework to do their own exploration. It's like having a great literature class that you can take in your pajamas. For books I've already read, I gained a new view through the "lost" lens. Even more enjoyable was how Stuart took the literature and tied it to specific episodes allowing me as a reader and a viewer to revisit and rethink the show. I would literally put the book down, go put a DVD in, and then watch the episode in question again. It was a multi-dimensional approach to studying the liberal arts :)

My favorite chapter was about time travel. Stuart pulls from a variety of sources including Hawking's seminal work (Brief History of Time). She readily acknowledges that time travel is a common plot device in science fiction but recognizes this as not being a Heinlein type of time travel. I do wonder, in light of the ending, was it really time travel or movement between spiritual planes?
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