Episode 6: O Lucky Man!

Poster art for O Lucky Man, with a photo of Malcolm McDowel smiling at the camera
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Mark and Joe talk to author and former Amazing Stories editor Ira Nayman.

The three have a wide-ranging and mind-bending conversation about the multiverse, theories of time travel, the nature of satire, and, of course, cannibalism.

Nayman considers O Lucky Man! a “cinematic version of Candide.” Directed by Lindsay Anderson, and starring Malcolm McDowell, the film is the second in Anderson’s Mick Travis trilogy, but stands on its own. It’s the kind of movie that needs to be experienced, but IMDB says of it: “An ambitious coffee salesman has a series of improbable and ironic adventures that seem designed to challenge his naive idealism.”

Nayman informs the conversation with his breadth of knowledge about the history of media, his studies of the nature of satire, and his great sense of humor.

See below for more about the Mick Travis trilogy.

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Ira Nayman decided to devote his life to writing humor when he was eight years old. More than fifty years later, he has had eight novels published by Elsewhen Press, he’s self-published fourteen Alternate Reality News Service collections and he has had two dozen short stories published in various anthologies.

Oh, and he was the editor of Amazing Stories magazine. Yes, THAT Amazing Stories. Also oh: he has a PhD in Communications from McGill University. Because humor comes in many forms…

He’s recently celebrated the twentieth anniversary of publishing satire on the web at Les Pages Aux Folles.

You can find his books online at Les Pages Aux Folles, Elsewhen Press, and Amazon. Go buy some! Buy all of them!

Ira Nayman, sticking his tongue out at the camera, holding a pipe and wearing a hat

Lindsay Anderson’s
Mick Travis Trilogy

Malcolm McDowell plays Michael Arnold “Mick” Travis, a fictional character that is the protagonist in three films directed by British film director Lindsay Anderson. (Written by David Sherwin, though O Lucky Man! was co-written by McDowell.) “Travis features not so much as a single character with a character arc, but as an everyman character whose role changes according to the needs of the storyteller.” (Wikipedia)

Here are the original theatrical trailers:

If (1968)

O Lucky Man! (1973)

Britannia Hospital (1982)

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