Cover art for Director's Cut: Charlie the Purple GiraffeAs a part of the Relaunch Prelaunch we revisit a listener favorite with special insight from the author, David D. Levine. Enjoy the “Director’s Cut: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely.”

Our feature originally aired in Episode # 113 way back in 2009. It is a unique tale set inside a televised cartoon world. Our main character, Charlie the purple giraffe, has a disturbing and profound view of his world, one not shared by his best friend Jerry the orange squirrel.  Floating question marks, colored word balloons, it may not be as light, airy, and humorous as appears at first blush.

Stick around or skip ahead to minute 22:00 for Part 2 of the episode, with Special Commentary and conversation with David and Norm.

David D. Levine is the author of the Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and its sequels along with over fifty science fiction and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Check out David’s new novel coming out this July, “Arabella and the Battle of Venus.”

David actually performs most of the cartoon voices for Charlie the Purple Giraffe—a fact that will quickly become obvious once he says hello in the interview. He and Norm consider the concept of time: is it a mental construct? How about when time broken up into a series comic panels? Are we living in a pixelated universe?

Yeah, we dive deep in this one folks.


A change came over Charlie then, like a cloud passing in front of the sun.  He placed his hands flat in his lap, straightened his neck, and took a deep breath.  “Us,” he said at last. “They read us.”

And now, we present:

Director’s Cut: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely