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    Othersode #62: It Made Me Want to Die / Our Favorite Things of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 100:52

    It's the most wonderful time of the year—time for us to talk about all of our favorite things! Listen to us chat about our pop culture highlights of 2021, and as a special treat, hear from this year's guests too! Then we exchange Secret Santa/non-denominational gifts and tell each other how much we love each other. Read along for our next Bookpisode on January 24th as we discuss My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones. Then get post-apocalyptic with us on February 7th for our next Othersode on the HBO series Station Eleven. Email us at thesquad@booksquadgoals.com with your favorite things of 2021!TOC30-Icebreaker—fave new year's tradition 9:03–ROUND 130:00–Guest faves part 133:00–ROUND 250:45–Guest faves part 254:38–ROUND 31:08:17– Guest faves part 31:11:14–Pressie time1:32:04–Guest faves part 41:34:22–what's on the blog? What's up next?

    BSG #62: Misandry: The Episode / Everyone Knows Your Mother's a Witch

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 91:56

    Ayla Zuraw-Frieldand joins the squad to discuss Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. The team takes it back to the 1600s to talk about ageism, humor, and history in this quirky standout 2021 novel. Next time, we'll discuss our favorite things of 2021 and exchange presents. On our next bookpisode, we'll discuss My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones. TOC:30–Welcome, Ayla! And Icebreakers8:50–Book intro12:00–Galchen's voice and the book's style23:30–Is she actually a witch?28:00–witches are trending40:51–”People don't like an old lady story”53:21–Kelli thought this book would be funny. Is it?1:01:19–Ratings1:08:25–Listener feedback1:24:03–What's on the blog? What's up next?Show links: https://www.vulture.com/article/rivka-galchen-profile.html https://twitter.com/kaylasansk

    Othersode #61: For Virgins, By Virgins / The 2000s Made Me Gay

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 89:56

    We're journeying back through 2000s pop culture to discuss all the best gay stuff! Join us for our chat about Grace Perry's essay collection The 2000s Made Me Gay. We talk about the personal aspects of the collection, Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Buffy, Mean Girls, The Real World, and of course, anxiety. Tune in on December 27th for our next Bookpisode on Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen (featuring special guest Ayla Zuraw-Friedland). Then it's time for a BSG tradition: The Best of the Year episode! Join us on January 10th as we recap our favorite pop culture things of 2021and trade Secret Santa gifts! TOC:30–icebreaker12:50–book intro14:04–memoir and essay22:16–revisiting old faves29:13–the dumbledore in the room42:50–Taylor Time1:06:10–Kelli shares a quote, the importance of representation 1:21:45–ratings!1:26:33–what's up next?

    BSG #61: Reading Comprehension Breakdown / Unsettled Ground

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 75:15

    Come along to the (not as cozy as you'd think) English countryside for our discussion of "Unsettled Ground" by Claire Fuller. We talk about the setting, the writing style, the sibling relationship at the heart of the novel, the twist(s), and whether this book is sadness porn. Read along with us for our upcoming Othersode on December 13th as we shift gears into nonfiction with the essay collection "The 2000s Made Me Gay" by Grace Perry. Then for our next Bookpisode, we'll be discussing "Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch" by Rivka Galchen on December 27th. TOC:30 – Icebreaker q7:53 – Trigger warnings and book intro9:11 – What's the point of the book?20:21 – Romanticizing poverty and rural life26:55 – Does the novel seem out of time?30:33 – Sibling relationships44:12 – Twists??52:26 – Ratings1:04:36 – What's on the blog? What's up next?

    Othersode #60: Girl Power! / Female Friendships and The Last Checkmate with Gabriella Saab

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 99:06

    Gather your gal pals for a listening party as author Gabriella Saab joins the squad for a chat about some of our favorite female friendships in pop culture! From the Spice Girls to the ladies of SATC, we've got all our besties covered. After we share our heavily 90s-influenced picks, we talk with Gabriella about her new historical fiction novel “The Last Checkmate,” which is out now and has already garnered some VERY impressive reviews on Goodreads. We dive into Gabriella's research process, the concept of “chess brain,” and the female friendships at the center of the book that inspired this entire othersode. Read along for our next Bookpisode on Claire Fuller's “Unsettled Ground,” coming November 9th, and then prepare for a very mysterious Emily-less Othersode on December 13th, topic TBD. Be sure to send any feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com and we'll read it on a future episode!TOC:30 – welcome Gabriella Saab!2:44 – Fave female friendships round one: Anna and Maya 10:00 – SATC17:18 – Ghost World23:07 – The Spice Girls29:25 – Friends38:20 – Round 2! Anne and Diana45:20 – Ann and Leslie48:54 – Issa and Molly53:50 – Cher and Dionne57:20 – Gracie and Cheryl; Gracie and Agent Sam Fuller1:03:12 – Talking about The Last Checkmate with Gabriella1:27:24 – Listener feedback1:33:36 – What's on the blog? What's up next?Find Gabriella at https://gabriellasaab.com

    BSG #60: Big on Goodreads / Detransition Baby / Interview with SJ Sindu

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 106:00

    You've heard of a love triangle, but what about a parenthood triangle? Join the Book Squad for our discussion of Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters. We talk about the complicated relationships between the characters, the connection between trans women and divorced cis women, and why people on Goodreads found this book “shocking.” After that, Kelli interviews SJ Sindu, author of the new novel Blue-Skinned Gods. Tune in on November 15th for our next Othersode with special guest Gabriella Saab, author of The Last Checkmate. Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller, and check your feeds on November 29th for that episode! TOC::30–Welcome! Halloween plans?10:00–book intro11:40–how do we talk about this? Recently divorced cis women 28:15–how is this book going to age?34:30–Reese loves danger 48:12–why have readers responded stupidly?1:00:21–ratings!1:07:23–interview with SJ Sindu 1:36:35–feedback1:38:48–what's on the blog? What's up next?Torrey Peters interview-- https://www.npr.org/2021/03/08/974705967/seeing-through-a-trans-lens-torrey-peters-pens-detransition-baby

    Othersode #59: Is This Based On a Book? / Nine Perfect Strangers (The Show!) with Tirzah Price

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 96:21

    Microdose your smoothie and come along for a peaceful journey through the Hulu series "Nine Perfect Strangers," based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. Returning guest Tirzah Price (author of "Pride and Premeditation") joins us for a wild discussion of how this TV adaptation holds up, what's missing from the book, what the show is saying about body image, grief, and drugs, and, of course, Manny Jacinto. Join us on November 1 for our next Bookpisode on "Detransition, Baby" by Torrey Peters, plus an interview with SJ Sindu, author of "Blue-Skinned Gods." Then Gabriella Saab, author of "The Last Checkmate" will guest on our next Othersode—stay tuned for the topic! Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe. Send any and all thoughts on "Nine Perfect Strangers" or any of our other episodes to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com! TOC:30 – Welcome Tirzah! Intro question 10:00 – Show intro11:45 – Big changes between adaptations 26:66 – Body image32:00 – Nicole Kidman…40:55 – The Marconis and grief56:24 – The ending in the book and how it was better1:04:38 – Frances and Melissa McCarthy1:13:00 – A love triangle, women's day, and Manny Jacinto 1:26:15 – What's up next?Find Tirzah at https://tirzahprice.com/ and pick up "Pride and Premeditation" now!

    BSG #59: A Fun Guy / Sorrowland with Leah Rachel von Essen / Interview with Catriona Ward

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 130:44

    Come into the woods with the Book Squad and special guest Leah Rachel von Essen to discuss Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon. We talk about the book's pacing, Vern's characterization, gender identity and sexuality, the mistreatment of Black people by white America, and of course, mushrooms. Next, Emily interviews Catriona Ward, author of the novel The Last House on Needless Street. You don't want to miss this fun interview! After that, we dig into some listener feedback on Klara and the Sun, Harrow the Ninth (the sequel to Gideon the Ninth), and The Final Girl Support Group. Join us and Tirzah Price for our next Othersode on the Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, on October 18th. Read along for our next Bookpisode on November 1 when we discuss Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters. Send feedback to thesquad@booksquad.com or DM us on Instagram!TOC:30–Welcome, Leah! Spoiler warning and intro q10:55–Book intro12:00–How the book is divided into sections27:37–Cult stuff37:22–Stolen land, Indigenous presence 50:27–The body55:50–Gender identity 1:10:19–Ratings!1:19:52–Interview with Catriona Ward1:56:12–feedback2:05:26–what's on the blog? What's up next?Find Leah at: https://whilereadingandwalking.comLinks:https://whilereadingandwalking.com/post/650390706536448000/river-solomon-talks-sorrowland-with-sarah-gailey

    Othersode #58: Courteney Cox's Bangs / Scream with Grady Hendrix

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 99:10

    Grady Hendrix returns to the podcast to talk about the Scream franchise and his new novel, The Final Girl Support Group! We talk about our favorite final girls (and how Sidney stacks up), how Scream revolutionized the slasher genre in the 1990s, how the sequels compare to each other, and why Gale's hair goes rogue in 2 and 3. Plus, Grady shares a SUPER FUN FACT about Scream 2 that blows all of our minds. Then we ask Grady about The Final Girl Support Group and learn how the book came to be and what he has coming up in the future! Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon, featuring special guest Leah Rachel von Essen, and stick around for an interview with Catriona Ward, author of The Last House on Needless Street. Catch up on Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu for our next Othersode on October 11th!:30–Welcome Grady Hendrix! And icebreaker q12:41–Scream intro and discussion of what holds up and what doesn't 27:40–style and hair 33:55–is it horror or mystery? 48:00–Let's talk about the cold opens 52:36–Scream 557:11–rankings1:12:12–Final Girl Support Group1:37:00–What's up next?Links: https://screenrant.com/scream-movie-aged-poorly-timeless/http://www.gradyhendrix.com

    BSG #58: Artificial Friends / Klara and the Sun with Wizzy, AKA SailorMoonWisdom

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 84:26

    Call up your Artificial Friend—it's time to talk about "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Special guest “Wizzy” of @sailormoonwisdom joins us to discuss the meaning of Klara's relationship with the sun, why “simple” doesn't mean “not complex,” whether or not humans are special, and Rick and Josie's love for one another. Then we catch up with what's on the blog, including more book, podcast, and television reviews. Tune in on September 20th for our chat with Grady Hendrix about the Scream series and his new novel, "The Final Girl Support Group." Join us for our next #Bookpisode on "Sorrowland" by Rivers Solomon, featuring special guest Leah Rachel von Essen, and stick around for an interview with Catriona Ward, author of "The Last House on Needless Street!" TOC: :30–Welcome, @sailormoonwisdom! And icebreaker 14:06–Book summary18:05–What do we think of the sun's role considering its potential connection to religion?31:44–Is this book too simplistic?41:16–Think of the children!49:22–Josie and Rick55:10–Klara and the trash 1:03:33–Ratings!1:11:55–What's on the blog? What's up next?

    Othersode #57: Distracted by Dev Patel / The Green Knight (with The Maniculum)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 98:07

    Come back to medieval times with us as we welcome Mac and Zoe from The Maniculum, a podcast featuring some of the strangest, most absurd, and befuddling examples of medieval writing. The co-hosts of The Maniculum help us uncover some of the secrets of A24's latest film The Green Knight, which stars Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander. From our favorite Arthurian heroes to the moody atmosphere of David Lowery's lush landscapes, no stone goes unturned in this discussion.After you're finished with this episode, get ready for what's on deck next! We'll welcome “Wizzy” from @SailorMoonWisdom to discuss Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun. After that, Grady Hendrix triumphantly returns to talk all things Scream and answer some questions about his new novel, The Final Girl Support Group. 1:22–Welcome Mac and Zoe from The Maniculum! 12:50–Film synopsis14:43–What kinds of expectations did we have?24:25–Cinematography and filmmaking28:20–Differences in the movie and the book57:49–A24 has a great marketing team, and TTRPGs1:06:53–Misc. Thoughts1:30:37– What's on the blog? What's up next?

    BSG #57: Weekend at Nina's / Malibu Rising with RJ Sorrento / Interview with Kristen Radtke

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 114:43

    Surf's up, listeners! Join us for one hell of a party as we discuss "Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Special guest RJ Sorrento joins us to talk about the structure of the story, the characters and their motivations, TJR's writing style, and—you guessed it—a little bit of "Weekend at Bernies." After the party ends, stick around for Mary's interview with Kristen Radtke, author of "Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness." Tune in on August 23rd for our next Othersode on "The Green Knight" with guests Mac and Zoe from The Maniculum Podcast. Then read along with us for our next Bookpisode on September 6, where we'll cover "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro with special guest Wizzy from @sailormoonwisdom on IG. Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe so you never miss an episode!TOC:30–Welcome RJ Sorrento!7:00–What celebrity party would you want to go to?14:49–Book intro18:35–Narrative structure32:50–Let's talk about the Rivas48:30–TJR's writing 1:01:09–Ratings1:09:20–Interview with Kristen Radtke1:38:48–Listener feedback 1:44:35–What's up next?Find Kristen at: http://kristenradtke.com Find RJ at: https://instagram.com/rjs.readingnook

    Othersode #56: Uber for Rooms / WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 78:17

    It's time to work till you drop! Just kidding, we're not about that life. But we are all about discussing the new documentary "WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn." We are joined by special guest “Nicole,” who has some real-life experience with WeWork, to talk about hustle culture, cult-like workplaces, toxic positivity, and the many things that went wrong with WeWork. Next we get into some listener feedback and catch up with what's on the blog, including Bachelorette recaps, Gossip Girl recaps, and more. Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on "Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Then watch Dev Patel in "The Green Knight" for our next Othersode, featuring special guests Mac and Zoe from The Maniculum podcast! Don't forget to rate, review, subscribe, and send us your feedback on this or any other episode!TOC:30 – Welcome, Nicole! 2:58 – What would your WeWork venture be called?6:50 – Documentary intro7:41 – Hustle culture27:00 – How and why does this work?/Cult stuff48:07 – Toxic positivity and utopia1:10:19 – Listener feedback!1:12:13 – What's on the blog? What's up next?Links: I Lived Adam Neumann's Perfect Day. It Was Terrible. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/i-lived-adam-neumanns-perfect-life-for-a-dayit-was-dismal.htmlBillion Dollar Loser–https://www.avidbookshop.com/book/9780316461368 The Cult of We–https://www.avidbookshop.com/book/9780593237113

    BSG #56: A Gatsbyness About Him / The Chosen and the Beautiful / Interview with Laura Blackett & Eve Gleichman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 93:52

    Jump into the Jazz Age as the Book Squad discusses "The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo, a queer, magical retelling of "The Great Gatsby." We tread new and old territory as we talk about perspective, race, sexuality, magic, and both books' messages. Next, Kelli hosts a delightful interview with Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman, authors of "The Very Nice Box." Don't miss our next very special #Othersode with returning guest Grady Hendrix, author of the new novel "The Final Girl Support Group," as we talk about his book and the Scream franchise movies! On our next #Bookpisode, we'll be joined by writer and book blogger RJ to discuss "Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Send your feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com and don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe!TOC0:30 – Icebreaker 6:11 – Book intro8:34 – Hey! Spoilers! Also, how does the story change because of Jordan's race and sexuality?20:30 – Magic!34:10 – What's the difference in messaging? Also quick writing corner 41:14 – What about that ending?45:54 – Ratings 47:52 – Interview with Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman1:20:40 – What's on the blog? What's up next?Links: Bookpage interview: https://bookpage.com/interviews/26361-nghi-vo-science-fiction-fantasy#.YOcv6hNKhz8

    Othersode #55: Book Squad Games: Tokyo Drift

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 125:16

    Back by popular demand! Hit the streets of Tokyo with the Squad (plus Todd) for the third installment of Book Squad Games. We finally got to inhabit our true supernatural forms as we played Urban Shadows from Magpie Games! Join us on an adventure to save the supernatural beings of Tokyo from a mysterious hunter. Tune in on July 12th for our next Bookpisode about the queer, magical Gatsby retelling "The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo. Then, Grady Hendrix will join us on July 26th to talk about his new novel, "The Final Girl Support Group," and discuss the entire Scream movie franchise with us! You don't wanna miss this one! TOC::30 – Intro to Urban Shadows4:55 – Game setup and intro questions20:00 – Let's begin the game! 2:03:50 – Episode wrap-up/What's up next? Urban Shadows 2e Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/magpiegames/urban-shadows-second-edition

    BSG #55: Off the Beaten Grid / Earthlings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 103:12

    Join us on our spaceship for our discussion of "Earthlings" by Sayaka Murata. We talk about the various pressures women face, society as a monster, the strange and complicated characters, body hair, and that wild ending. Next we get into some listener feedback on "Ready Player Two" and "Make Up Break Up," and then we catch up with what's on the blog! Tune in on June 28th for our third installment of Book Squad Games, and read along for our next Bookpisode about "The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo on July 12th!TOC0:00 – Intro question10:00 – Content warning and book intro24:56 – Society as a monster33:29 – The trauma49:00 – Let's talk about Yuu53:18 – Natsuki's husband and Kise 1:10:00 – Hair talk1:06:32 - The ending!1:23:37 – Ratings1:29:50 – Feedback1:36:19 – What's on the blog? What's up next?Links:Interview with Murata: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4qiX8xYJ4c

    Othersode #54: I Totally Had Sex: A Hatepisode / Ready Player 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 105:15

    Put on your haptic feedback suit and jump into the OASIS with us as we discuss Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two. This is a hate-pisode, and we all knew we’d have mixed feelings going in, but have no fear. The squad is here to detail all of the negative aspects of Ready Player Two, including its trouble with being a sequel, problematic gender representation, and indistinguishable characters. Can Wade get out of the OASIS...again? Will he push the big read button and end it all? What are people on Goodreads saying about this trash fire of a novel? We cover it all on this episode. Spoilers abound as we tear apart this novel and wish for sci-fi with a conscience. If you want to catch up on Ready Player One, you can hear our episode on the movie here: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/readyplayer1-movieCome back next time for a discussion of Earthlings by Sayaka Murata, a novel we won’t hate! TOC1:00–What’s a good sequel?14:22–Book intro20:50–How does this work as a sequel?48:45–Gender stuff. Yikes (Jessie Gender’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvOa8FacyF4) 1:14:08– Ernest Cline can’t write women1:18:40– Indistinguishable characters and plagiarism1:24:27– The button and Goodreads reviews1:30:00–Ratings1:32:14–What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    BSG #54: The Twist is Misogyny / Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 / Interview w/ Ethel Rohan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 114:47

    This week, we’re off to South Korea to discuss "Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982" by Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jamie Chang), a book that helped spark a women’s rights movement when it was first published in 2016. The Squad talks about the controversy surrounding the book and gets into some of our shared experiences of misogyny and sexism in America. After that, Emily interviews Ethel Rohan, author of the new short story collection "In the Event of Contact," winner of the 2021 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize. Join us on May 31st for our third-ever Hatepisode on "Ready Player Two" by Ernest Cline (Kelli assures us we’ll all hate it!). Then read along for our next Bookpisode on "Earthlings" by Sayaka Murata on June 14th. In the meantime, check out the Book Squad Blog for additional content on books, movies, video games, and more! Send your feedback, thoughts, and weird gynecologist stories to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com, or DM us on social media. 0:30 – Intro 9:58 – Book intro13:50 – Cultural context and consideration of controversy26:05 – What are some shared experiences we have with the book?45:05 – Is this a horror novel?52:30 - How does the narrator affect our understanding of the novel?1:03:45 – Ratings!1:07:50 – Interview with Ethel Rohan 1:45:16 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Kelli’s Glamour article; Are Guys Getting Paid More Just Because They're... Guys: https://www.glamour.com/story/12-real-people-discover-what-the-pay-gap-looks-likeNPR piece: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/19/835486224/south-korean-bestseller-kim-jiyoung-born-1982-gives-public-voice-to-private-painGuardian piece: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/15/cho-nam-joo-kim-jiyoung-born-1982-interviewMary’s Severance blog: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/book-review-severance-by-ling-maBBC News: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50135152

    Othersode #53: Pizza is Satanic / The House of the Devil with Clay McLeod Chapman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 88:06

    Light some candles and gather ‘round the pentagram, because things are getting satanic (panic!) on this episode. Author Clay McLeod Chapman joins us to talk about the 2009 film House of the Devil. We talk about the cultural context of the early 1980s, Greta Gerwig’s pizza performance, and the anxiety-making pacing of the film. Tangents include Cabbage Patch dolls and the forbidden television of our childhoods. Next, we chat with Clay about his new novel, Whisper Down the Lane, which was inspired by the McMartin Preschool trial of the 1908s. We all loved this book, so we kept the chat about it spoiler-free! He tells us about why he is drawn to this subject matter, as well as what’s coming up next for him and his writing. (Also, there’s a fantastic story about one of Clay’s readings in New York that you absolutely do not want to miss!) Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (May 17th), and then take a detour with us for our third-ever Hatepisode (though some of us might not hate it?) on Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline on May 31st. Subscribe to Book Squad Goals on your favorite podcast app, and go read Whisper Down the Lane right away! TOC:30 welcome Clay! And movie intro4:52–icebreaker15:30-what was the satanic panic?22:37–authenticity27:35–pacing46:35–the ending49:29–Clay McLeod Chapman and Whisper Down the Lane1:17:40–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?NPR Review: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114084025Filmmaker interview: https://filmmakermagazine.com/1392-ti-west-the-house-of-the-devil/#.YIbCun1Kg-Q

    BSG #53: I Don't Fantasize About Capitalism / Make Up Break Up with Tirzah Price

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 85:36

    Join the Squad and special guest Tirzah Price to chat about "Make Up Break Up," the first novel for adults by Lily Menon! We discuss the romance, the characters, and of course, the fancy apps the love interests each created. Next we talk to Tirzah about her debut YA novel, "Pride and Premeditation." She tells us about the inspiration for the series, the writing process, and what to look for in upcoming books! Then we get into some listener feedback for "When No One is Watching" and catch up with what’s on the Book Squad Blog, including new installments of YA Book Club and Queer Girl Book Club, as well as TV and podcast reviews. Join us and special guest Clay McLeod Chapman on May 3rd for our discussion of "House of the Devil" (2009) and Clay’s new novel, "Whisper Down the Lane." Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on "Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982" by Cho Nam Joo on May 17th. Send your feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com or hit us up on social media! TOC:30 — Intros and icebreakers 12:50 — Book intro15:15 — Does the romance work?28:40 — Culture and race38:39 — We need to talk about Hudson48:10 — Ratings!56:40 — Q&A with Tirzah Price!1:11:11 — Feedback1:19:10 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Tirzah’s Reading log- https://bookriot.com/2021-reading-log/https://tirzahprice.comhttps://www.schulerbooks.com/pride-premeditation

    Othersode #52: Cultpisode / The Project / Interview with Sarah Edmondson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 97:54

    Things get culty in this BSG #Othersode! Join us for our discussion of "The Project" by Courtney Summers and a special author interview with Sarah Edmondson (HBO’s "The Vow") about her book, "Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life." Read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on Lily Menon’s novel "Make Up Break Up," featuring special guest Tirzah Price, author of the new novel "Pride and Premeditation" (April 19th). Then come get scared with us on our next #Othersode when we talk about "House of the Devil" (2009) with Clay McLeod Chapman, author of "Whisper Down the Lane," a new novel inspired by the McMartin Preschool trials and the Satanic Panic (May 3rd). Please leave us a rating and review on Apple podcasts, and subscribe so our episodes hit your feed right away! 2:22 - What kind of cult would you accidentally join?6:10 - Introducing "The Project" (spoilers to follow) 8:00 - The structure of the novel23:50 - It’s not stupid people that join cults27:10 - Let’s talk about the cult39:00 - What do we make of Lev?40:39 - Our ratings!47:00 - Interview with Sarah Edmondson1:26:04 - What is on the blog?1:33:47 - What’s next on the pod?Check out Mary on The Maniculum! https://www.themaniculumpodcast.comThanks again to Sarah for speaking with us! For more info on Sarah, her book, and her new podcast, visit https://www.sarahedmondson.com/

    BSG #52: Half a Glass of Wine / When No One is Watching

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 110:02

    The Book Squad is off to Brooklyn for a mysterious tale of gentrification and intrigue: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole! We discuss the book’s thrill factor, the romance, gentrification and racism, and how fiction functions as anti-racist reading. Next we dig into some listener feedback on Transcendent Kingdom and catch up with what’s on the blog, including a list of culty books, a review of The Amber Ruffin Show, and an interview with Kim Taylor Blakemore. Tune in on April 5th for our Othersode on The Project by Courtney Summers, plus an author interview with Sarah Edmondson about her book Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life. Read along with us for our next Bookpisode (April 19th) about Lily Menon’s novel Make Up Break Up. Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe!TOC:30–hometown stories17:50–book intro19:13–how well does the book work as a thriller/mystery?42:06–romance50:20–Race 1:02:36–an animal appreciation interlude 1:05:13–anti racist reading1:21:40–ratings!1:28:16–feedback1:40:35–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?Alyssa Cole Interviews:https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ariannarebolini/alyssa-cole-interview-when-no-one-is-watchinghttps://parade.com/1083423/kaylen-ralph/alyssa-cole-new-book/Tirzah Price's Reading Log: https://bookriot.com/2021-reading-log/

    Othersode #51: OnlyCats / Nomadland & Interview with Nicole Glover

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 115:18

    Pack up your vans and join us for a discussion of the Golden Globe-winning film Nomadland. We talk about Fern (Frances McDormand), grief, capitalism, and the integration of real-life stories in the movie. Then, Emily interviews author Nicole Glover about her debut novel The Conductors, a genre-mixing story of history, mystery, and magic. No spoilers here, so you can listen even if you haven’t read the book yet! Check out the Book Squad Blog for more author interviews and posts about TV, video games, and more. Read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (March 22nd). Our next #Othersode will cover The Project by Courtney Summers and feature an interview with Sarah Edmondson on her book Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life (April 5th).TOC:30–intro and icebreaker5:20–Nomadland Golden Globes breakdown 16:05–Nomadland intro17:20–how did we feel about Fern?27:12–grief and stasis41:10–the failure of capitalism and integration of real life57:57–final thoughts1:02:09–Nicole Glover interview1:34:00–listen to The Maniculum!1:37:17–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?Links: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/20/969800189/nonfiction-techniques-underpin-film-nomadlandhttps://www.themaniculumpodcast.com

    BSG #51: It's Our Podcast and We'll Cry if We Want to / Transcendent Kingdom

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 107:58

    Get your tissues ready. In this episode, the Squad discusses Yaa Gyasi's novel Transcendent Kingdom. Join us as we chat about mental health, depression, addiction, grief, racism, religion, and, yes, we do cry it out a little bit. You're welcome to join the trust circle and cry along with us. We're all friends here. Don't forget to join us for our next Othersode where we'll be talking about the film Nomadland, and we'll also interview Nicole Glover about her debut novel The Conductors. Read along with us for our next Bookpisode, too. We'll be chatting about When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole! Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review. We love you!Table of Contents:30–Read black authors! 2:00– Trigger warning: addiction, depression, suicide3:24–One good thing this week8:55–Getting into the book12:08–Does the book/protagonist come to a conclusion about the relationship between faith and science?23:50–Mental illness and depression37:20–Addiction59:23–Racism1:15:45–Misc. Topics, queerness1:25:07–The book is SHORT, but does it work? And ratings.1:30:27–Listener feedback! 1:40:09–What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Note: If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, there are ways to get help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or Text “HELLO” to 741741. The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S.

    Othersode #50: The Women Tell All / Our 100th Episode!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 118:23

    It’s our 100th episode! Our hundredpisode! Our hundo-sode! Join us as we look back on our favorite books, movies and TV shows we’ve covered—as well as our least favorite things (because we do love to hate on stuff from time to time). We also listen to a few clips of our favorite moments and memories from the past four years and read some listener feedback about their favorite show topics. As always, we catch up with what’s on the Book Squad Blog, including TV recaps, movie reviews, and a new installment of Queer Girl Book Club! Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi on 2/22, and watch "Nomadland" for our next Othersode on 3/8! Thanks for being with us for 100 episodes! Here’s to hundreds more!:30–Intro and icebreaker quiz22:10–Favorite book31:23–Favorite movie45:35–Favorite TV show54:17–Least favorite thing1:05:58–Favorite blog posts1:13:52–Favorite moments1:37:40–Feedback! 1:48:29–What’s on the blog? What’s up next? Intro quiz: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahdobro/which-ariana-grande-song-matches-your-energyFavorite blog posts:Susan - Run Away With Us: The Official BSG Carly Rae Jepsen Starter Pack: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/run-away-with-us-the-official-bsg-carly-rae-jepsen-starter-packMary - Poetry and War in Ghost of Tsushima: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/poetry-and-war-in-ghost-of-tsushimaKelli - 9 Artist Instagrams To Fix Your Horrible Feed: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/9-instagram-artists-to-fix-your-horrible-feedEmily - We Went To See Hereditary And Nothing Will Ever Be The Same: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/hereditary?rq=hereditaryAll 100 episodes in one place: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/podcast-archive

    BSG #50: Millennials Are Old Now / Luster

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 100:35

    For our FIFTIETH #Bookpisode, the Book Squad discusses "Luster," the debut novel by Raven Leilani. We talk about the Millennial and Gen Z hallmarks of the novel, the bizarre predicament Edie finds herself in, the issue of “likeability” in Black characters, and the overall writing and narration style. Next we catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog: Bachelor recaps, movie and video game reviews, and a brand new YA Book Club entry. Join us on February 8th as we celebrate our 100th episode with a look back at our favorite books, movies, and moments from the podcast so far. Read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi on February 22nd. Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe!TOC:30 — Intro8:10 — Spoiler warning and book summary10:30 — That cover tho15:50 — Is this a millennial novel? 30:50 — Edie and Rebecca 40:56 — What about Erik?50:20 — How is Edie as a narrator?1:01:15 — Writing critique1:16:35 — Ratings 1:23:47 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Interview with Raven Leilani from Elle: https://www.elle.com/culture/books/a33510646/raven-leilani-luster-interview

    Othersode #49: Teddy Ruxpin Made Me Liberal / Wonder Woman 1984

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 93:41

    Make a wish… Was it that we would talk about Wonder Woman 1984? Good, because your wish is granted! Join us for our discussion of the new film as we talk about Diana and Barbara’s relationship, why Steve is or isn’t great, and some socio-political issues the movie raises. Then we get into some great listener feedback about favorite things of 2020 and catch up with what’s on the Book Squad Blog! Our next #bookpisode will cover Luster by Raven Leilani (1/25), and our next #othersode is...drumroll please...our 100th EPISODE! We’ll celebrate the milestone by looking back on some favorite show moments on 2/8! Send us any feedback and your favorite moments from the show to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com or DM us on social media! TOC:30–What’s your favorite 80s thing?11:55–Movie intro14:20–Spoiler warning and, hey, let’s just start with Kristin Wiig25:30–Favorite parts of the movie30:40–What about Steve?42:00–Criticism of the film (and also a bit more on Steve)48:25–Middle Eastern stereotypes 1:00:32–Did the movie deserve all this criticism?1:04:52–Pedro Pascal is...Donald Trump?1:13:57–Ratings1:16:00–Feedback on our best of 2020 episode!1:23:20–What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    BSG #49: "You're not special!"/ The Paper Wasp

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 75:19

    Start a toxic friendship with us while we discuss Lauren Acampora’s novel The Paper Wasp. We talk about the book’s unreliable narrator, the stalker-esque relationship between the main characters, the culty subplot,and that wild ride of an ending. Next we get into some listener feedback for Docile and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog as we close out 2020. Join us for our first #othersode of the new year about Wonder Woman 1984 on January 11, and read along for our next #bookpisode on Luster by Raven Leilani on January 25. Email or DM us feedback on The Paper Wasp, your favorite things of 2020, or anything else your heart desires! Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe!Table of Contents1:15 - Intro Question: If you could be any celebrity’s personal assistant, who would it be and why5:42 - Goodreads Summary8:45 - Narration Style15:07 - Unreliable Narration24:05 - Abby and Elise’s relationship29:14 - Who is this filmmaker35:45 - Putting in the work42:21 - Weird culty stuff: what does it add?48:27 - The end59:10 - What is the point of this book?1:01:10 - Ratings1:05:15 - Docile Feedback1:07:00- What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Othersode #48: IN CONCLUSION / Our 2020 Pop Culture Faves

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 105:24

    It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! (Which isn’t saying much because, you know, this year was 2020.) It’s time for our annual Best of the Year episode. Join us for some much-needed happy talk as we talk about our favorite pop culture things of the year, from books to TV shows to podcasts to music. Some of this year’s podcast guests “stop by” to share their faves as well! Then it’s time for “Secret” Santa gifts! The Squad exchanges Christmas/Hanukkah gifts (prepare for delightful squeals!). Next, we get into some listener feedback for "Lovecraft Country" and check in on the #BookSquadBlog, which is full of great TV recaps and Emily’s 12 Days of Christmas Movies series. Our next #Bookpisode will be our final episode of the year! We’re covering "The Paper Wasp" by Lauren Acampora on 12/28. Then we’ll kick off 2021 with an #Othersode on "Wonder Woman 1984" on 1/11! Please send us YOUR favorite things of 2020 by emailing thesquad@booksquadgoals.com or sending us a DM on social media! We can’t wait to hear from you!TOC0:30 – Favorite personal thing of 202012:00 – Pop culture faves of the year part 1 (with special guest Leah Rachel Von Essen)30:25 – Pick 2! (With Todd Osborne)47:07 – Pick 3 (with Said Medina)1:07:50 – Prezzies1:28:08 – Feedback on Lovecraft Country (follow spacelionz on instagram!)1:36:24 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    BSG #48: Yikes on Bikes / Docile

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 89:52

    The Squad goes to dystopian Maryland this week for our discussion of Docile by K.M. Szpara. We talk about slavery, race, capitalism, fanfic and slavefic, and queer relationships. Then we get into some listener feedback for Survivor Song and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including Emily’s 12 Days of Christmas Movies series and television recaps! Join us on December 14th as we pick our favorite pop culture things of 2020 and exchange Christmas/Hanukkah gifts with each other! Then read along with us for our last #Bookpisode of the year on The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora on December 28th! TOC:30–what’s your favorite holiday food? 7:23–book intro and goodreads summary13:13–plot clarifications and issues with slavefic (Stitch’s Media Fix) (Angelica Jade Bastien for Vulture)27:20–how do we feel about a book that is refusing to engage with race, yet all about race?39:08–sexuality and consent 53:15–something the book does well1:02:36: final thoughts and ratings1:11:55-listener feedback!1:15:51–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Othersode #47: There Are Worse Things Than Korn / Lovecraft Country

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 102:34

    Join the Squad on a sci-fi/fantasy/horror adventure as we discuss the HBO series "Lovecraft Country." We talk about HP Lovecraft and race, how the show plays with genre, the unique structure of the series, and our favorite characters. Next, we dig into some listener feedback on "The Haunting of Bly Manor" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including Bachelorette recaps and a holiday movie series! Read along with us for our next bookpisode on "Docile" by K. M. Szpara (November 30th), and join us for our fourth annual Best of the Year #othersode on December 14th (LOL good luck to us coming up with great things from 2020).TOC0:30 – Intros and horror questions!4:38 – Spoiler warning and show introduction8:54 – Lovecraft and race16:30 – Playing with genre24:26– Structure: magic, feature episodes, and Christina’s nonsense49:09 – Christina and Ruby59:11 – Other characters 1:28:44 – Listener feedback!1:33:40 – What’s up next? What’s on the blog?Vulture recaps by Steffan Triplett: https://www.vulture.com/article/lovecraft-country-series-premiere-recap-episode-1-sundown.htmlAV Club Recaps by Joelle Monique: https://www.avclub.com/c/tv-review/lovecraft-country/season-1On Marilyn Manson: https://metalinjection.net/metal-crimes/video-of-evan-rachel-wood-detailing-alleged-abusive-relationship-with-marilyn-manson-in-senate-testimony-resurfaces

    Othersode #47: There Are Worse Things Than Korn / Lovecraft Country

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 102:34

    Join the Squad on a sci-fi/fantasy/horror adventure as we discuss the HBO series "Lovecraft Country." We talk about HP Lovecraft and race, how the show plays with genre, the unique structure of the series, and our favorite characters. Next, we dig into some listener feedback on "The Haunting of Bly Manor" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including Bachelorette recaps and a holiday movie series! Read along with us for our next bookpisode on "Docile" by K. M. Szpara (November 30th), and join us for our fourth annual Best of the Year #othersode on December 14th (LOL good luck to us coming up with great things from 2020).TOC0:30 – Intros and horror questions!4:38 – Spoiler warning and show introduction8:54 – Lovecraft and race16:30 – Playing with genre24:26– Structure: magic, feature episodes, and Christina’s nonsense49:09 – Christina and Ruby59:11 – Other characters 1:28:44 – Listener feedback!1:33:40 – What’s up next? What’s on the blog?Vulture recaps by Steffan Triplett: https://www.vulture.com/article/lovecraft-country-series-premiere-recap-episode-1-sundown.htmlAV Club Recaps by Joelle Monique: https://www.avclub.com/c/tv-review/lovecraft-country/season-1On Marilyn Manson: https://metalinjection.net/metal-crimes/video-of-evan-rachel-wood-detailing-alleged-abusive-relationship-with-marilyn-manson-in-senate-testimony-resurfaces

    BSG #47: We're Not Okay / Survivor Song

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2020 103:26

    Escape the real pandemic with a fictional outbreak as we discuss Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay! We talk about how the novel’s events relate to current events, how the main characters are used to tell the story, and whether or not this is a zombie narrative. Next, we get into some listener feedback on The Vanishing Half and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including Bachelorette recaps and Emily’s Spooktober series. For our next #Othersode on 11/16, we’re covering Lovecraft Country, so catch up on HBO! And read along for our next #Bookpisode on Docile by Kevin Szpara (11/30). Send feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com, and don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe! TOC0:30–welcome and intro question 12:46–book intro16:04–what does it mean that this is a song?22:34–current events and Survivor Song37:38–what about the actual story? The format? Characters?56:49–is this a zombie story?1:08:56–ratings1:17:37–listener feedback (and breakfast discussion)1:33:25–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    BSG #47: We're Not Okay / Survivor Song

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2020 103:26

    Escape the real pandemic with a fictional outbreak as we discuss Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay! We talk about how the novel’s events relate to current events, how the main characters are used to tell the story, and whether or not this is a zombie narrative. Next, we get into some listener feedback on The Vanishing Half and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including Bachelorette recaps and Emily’s Spooktober series. For our next #Othersode on 11/16, we’re covering Lovecraft Country, so catch up on HBO! And read along for our next #Bookpisode on Docile by Kevin Szpara (11/30). Send feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com, and don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe! TOC0:30–welcome and intro question 12:46–book intro16:04–what does it mean that this is a song?22:34–current events and Survivor Song37:38–what about the actual story? The format? Characters?56:49–is this a zombie story?1:08:56–ratings1:17:37–listener feedback (and breakfast discussion)1:33:25–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Othersode #46: Eating Owen's Cake Batter / The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2020 105:46

    Grab your cake batter and badly-made tea because the Book Squad is discussing "The Haunting of Bly Manor." We talk about all of the Henry James literary connections, the (sometimes hidden) ghosts, grief and memory, and of course, love stories. Then we get into some listener feedback about "I’m Thinking of Ending Things" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including a new featured bookstore, a spooky series, and Bachelorette recaps! Read along for our next #Bookpisode on "Survivor Song" by Paul Tremblay on November 2, and watch "Lovecraft Country" (HBO) for our next #Othersode on November 16.0:30 – Introductions and icebreaker 8:30 – Show introduction12:58 – Inspiration for the show21:13 – Secret ghosts24:20 – Who are these ghosts?36:50 – Time, frame narratives41:36 – Grief and trauma56:40 – Love stories1:11:47 – Ratings1:21:55 – Listener feedback1:33:00 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Henry James stories: https://screenrant.com/haunting-bly-manor-every-henry-james-ghost-story/Hidden ghosts: https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a34318015/haunting-of-bly-manor-book-based-on/

    Othersode #46: Eating Owen's Cake Batter / The Haunting of Bly Manor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2020 105:46

    Grab your cake batter and badly-made tea because the Book Squad is discussing "The Haunting of Bly Manor." We talk about all of the Henry James literary connections, the (sometimes hidden) ghosts, grief and memory, and of course, love stories. Then we get into some listener feedback about "I’m Thinking of Ending Things" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including a new featured bookstore, a spooky series, and Bachelorette recaps! Read along for our next #Bookpisode on "Survivor Song" by Paul Tremblay on November 2, and watch "Lovecraft Country" (HBO) for our next #Othersode on November 16.0:30 – Introductions and icebreaker 8:30 – Show introduction12:58 – Inspiration for the show21:13 – Secret ghosts24:20 – Who are these ghosts?36:50 – Time, frame narratives41:36 – Grief and trauma56:40 – Love stories1:11:47 – Ratings1:21:55 – Listener feedback1:33:00 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Henry James stories: https://screenrant.com/haunting-bly-manor-every-henry-james-ghost-story/Hidden ghosts: https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a34318015/haunting-of-bly-manor-book-based-on/

    BSG #46: Super Into Twins / The Vanishing Half

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2020 93:11

    Join the #BookSquad for a chat about Brit Bennett’s newest novel, "The Vanishing Half." We discuss memory and time, identity and choice, and performance, as well as our favorite stories about twins. Next, we read some listener feedback on "Magic for Liars" and "We Set the Dark on Fire" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including a spooky movie series and book and TV reviews. Watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor" on Netflix for our next #Othersode on October 19, and read along for our next #Bookpisode on Paul Tremblay’s "Survivor Song" on November 2. Send your feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com! TOC:30 – Icebreaker q and intros!9:20 – Book intro11:06 – Time, memory, structure17:30 – Identity struggles and crises 32:25 – Let’s talk about race 48:10 – Moralizing and where the characters end up62:30 – Ratings!1:07:37 – Feedback1:15:23 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Link to Mean Book Club's "Couple Next Door" Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-couple-next-door-by-shari-lapena/id1434373989?i=1000491312268Emily on Hugos There Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hugos-there-podcast-45-american-gods-by-neil-gaiman/id1214652745?i=1000493230070

    BSG #46: Super Into Twins / The Vanishing Half

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2020 93:11

    Join the #BookSquad for a chat about Brit Bennett’s newest novel, "The Vanishing Half." We discuss memory and time, identity and choice, and performance, as well as our favorite stories about twins. Next, we read some listener feedback on "Magic for Liars" and "We Set the Dark on Fire" and catch up with what’s on the #BookSquadBlog, including a spooky movie series and book and TV reviews. Watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor" on Netflix for our next #Othersode on October 19, and read along for our next #Bookpisode on Paul Tremblay’s "Survivor Song" on November 2. Send your feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com! TOC:30 – Icebreaker q and intros!9:20 – Book intro11:06 – Time, memory, structure17:30 – Identity struggles and crises 32:25 – Let’s talk about race 48:10 – Moralizing and where the characters end up62:30 – Ratings!1:07:37 – Feedback1:15:23 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Link to Mean Book Club's "Couple Next Door" Episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-couple-next-door-by-shari-lapena/id1434373989?i=1000491312268Emily on Hugos There Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hugos-there-podcast-45-american-gods-by-neil-gaiman/id1214652745?i=1000493230070

    Othersode #45: Waiting for the Other Maggot to Drop / I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2020 97:50

    Pack up the car for a super weird road trip and our discussion of "I'm Thinking of Ending Things," the new Charlie Kaufman film based on the novel by Iain Reid. We talk about how the movie differs from the book, the acting (shout out to Toni Collette), and what the heck is actually going on here. Next, we get a delayed take on "The Secret Garden" and catch up on what's on the #BookSquadBlog, including two spooky series and YA Book Club! Read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett (October 5th), and watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor" on Netflix for our next #Othersode (October 19th). Send us your thoughts/questions/answers about "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" or any other topic we've covered to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com!:30 — Hellooooo! Introductions 15:40 — Summary and intro 19:00 — Is the movie a faithful adaptation of the book?29:40 — So what actually happens?? How does it fit into Kaufman’s other work?48:30 — Who is the woman? Authorship in the movie57:40 — How was pop culture integrated into the film?1:08:50 — Acting!1:20:40 — Secret Garden thoughts1:25:00 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Links to help you think about the movie:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ruSWSb5TuE&ab_channel=spookyastronautshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvIiNmyLeUY&ab_channel=ImpressionBlend

    Othersode #45: Waiting for the Other Maggot to Drop / I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2020 97:50

    Pack up the car for a super weird road trip and our discussion of "I'm Thinking of Ending Things," the new Charlie Kaufman film based on the novel by Iain Reid. We talk about how the movie differs from the book, the acting (shout out to Toni Collette), and what the heck is actually going on here. Next, we get a delayed take on "The Secret Garden" and catch up on what's on the #BookSquadBlog, including two spooky series and YA Book Club! Read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett (October 5th), and watch "The Haunting of Bly Manor" on Netflix for our next #Othersode (October 19th). Send us your thoughts/questions/answers about "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" or any other topic we've covered to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com!:30 — Hellooooo! Introductions 15:40 — Summary and intro 19:00 — Is the movie a faithful adaptation of the book?29:40 — So what actually happens?? How does it fit into Kaufman’s other work?48:30 — Who is the woman? Authorship in the movie57:40 — How was pop culture integrated into the film?1:08:50 — Acting!1:20:40 — Secret Garden thoughts1:25:00 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?Links to help you think about the movie:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ruSWSb5TuE&ab_channel=spookyastronautshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvIiNmyLeUY&ab_channel=ImpressionBlend

    BSG #45: Baby's First Rebellion / We Set the Dark on Fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2020 64:28

    Throw on your resistance gear and join the squad as we rise up against The System with a discussion of Tehlor Kay Mejia’s “We Set the Dark on Fire.” We talk about the book’s real life parallels to the broken immigration system in our country, how the novel handles the patriarchy of it all, and of course, most importantly, the ROMANCE PLOT. After our ratings, we get into what’s on the blog, and then prep you for our upcoming episodes. We’re covering Netflix’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for our next othersode (9/21), and for our next bookpisode (10/5), we’re reading “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett. Please follow us on social media @booksquadgoals, check out our latest blog posts at booksquadgoals.com/blog, and send any and all feedback you have to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com!TOC0:30 – Hello! Introductions and intro question11:40 – Book introduction14:00 – The roles that women must fill in this society25:15 – What’s this book saying about class divides, religious divides, and immigration?34:09 – Politics and Protests39:33 – ROMANCE46:30 – Who would you cast?48:50 – Ratings58:50 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    BSG #45: Baby's First Rebellion / We Set the Dark on Fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2020 64:28

    Throw on your resistance gear and join the squad as we rise up against The System with a discussion of Tehlor Kay Mejia’s “We Set the Dark on Fire.” We talk about the book’s real life parallels to the broken immigration system in our country, how the novel handles the patriarchy of it all, and of course, most importantly, the ROMANCE PLOT. After our ratings, we get into what’s on the blog, and then prep you for our upcoming episodes. We’re covering Netflix’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for our next othersode (9/21), and for our next bookpisode (10/5), we’re reading “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett. Please follow us on social media @booksquadgoals, check out our latest blog posts at booksquadgoals.com/blog, and send any and all feedback you have to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com!TOC0:30 – Hello! Introductions and intro question11:40 – Book introduction14:00 – The roles that women must fill in this society25:15 – What’s this book saying about class divides, religious divides, and immigration?34:09 – Politics and Protests39:33 – ROMANCE46:30 – Who would you cast?48:50 – Ratings58:50 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Othersode #44: Speaking of Mothers / The Secret Garden / Interview with Adrienne Brodeur

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2020 79:24

    Get out of your big ornate bed and join us in "The Secret Garden" as we discuss the new 2020 adaptation of the classic children’s novel! We discuss the key changes in this adaptation, including the setting and the narrative arc of the children’s parents. We also answer the very important question: Is Colin Firth a daddy? Next, Emily interviews Adrienne Brodeur, author of the memoir "Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me." Then, we dig into a bit of "Hamilton" feedback and chat about what’s on the #BookSquadBlog. Read along with us for our next #bookpisode on "We Set the Dark on Fire" by Tehlor Kay Mejia (September 7), and watch the film adaptation of "I’m Thinking of Ending Things" for our next #othersode (September 21)! Join our discussions and send any feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com.TOC:0:30 — What would your secret garden be like? 6:20 — Intro to the movie9:45 — What do we gain from changing the time period/setting?14:40 — Why do we have to redeem the parents?29:30 — Is the garden magic?33:20 — Why was there a dog, though?36:00 — Where is Dickon?38:55 — Is Colin Firth a daddy? And...how do we feel about school in this movie?44:15 — Interview with Adrienne Brodeur! 1:07:22 — "Hamilton" Feedback1:09:25 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    Othersode #44: Speaking of Mothers / The Secret Garden / Interview with Adrienne Brodeur

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2020 79:24

    Get out of your big ornate bed and join us in "The Secret Garden" as we discuss the new 2020 adaptation of the classic children’s novel! We discuss the key changes in this adaptation, including the setting and the narrative arc of the children’s parents. We also answer the very important question: Is Colin Firth a daddy? Next, Emily interviews Adrienne Brodeur, author of the memoir "Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me." Then, we dig into a bit of "Hamilton" feedback and chat about what’s on the #BookSquadBlog. Read along with us for our next #bookpisode on "We Set the Dark on Fire" by Tehlor Kay Mejia (September 7), and watch the film adaptation of "I’m Thinking of Ending Things" for our next #othersode (September 21)! Join our discussions and send any feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com.TOC:0:30 — What would your secret garden be like? 6:20 — Intro to the movie9:45 — What do we gain from changing the time period/setting?14:40 — Why do we have to redeem the parents?29:30 — Is the garden magic?33:20 — Why was there a dog, though?36:00 — Where is Dickon?38:55 — Is Colin Firth a daddy? And...how do we feel about school in this movie?44:15 — Interview with Adrienne Brodeur! 1:07:22 — "Hamilton" Feedback1:09:25 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

    BSG #44: Four Brunettes and a Book / Magic For Liars / Interview with Karen Salyer McElmurray

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2020 103:47

    Things get a little magical this week as the Book Squad discusses "Magic for Liars" by Sarah Gailey. We cover the inevitable comparisons to those *other* books set in a magical school, how this book works as a mystery novel, and how we feel about our narrator, Ivy. Then, Emily interviews Karen Salyer McElmurray, author of "Wanting Radiance." Later, we dig into a little listener feedback and catch up on what’s happening on the #BookSquadBlog. Rent "The Secret Garden" for our next #Othersode on August 24th, and read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on "We Set the Dark on Fire" by Tehlor Kay Mejia on September 7th!TOC0:30 — What magical subject would you teach?8:19 — Book intro10:00 — How does "Magic for Liars" work to do something different from Harry Potter?21:21 — How the novel works as a mystery37:37 — Ask a man41:42 — Ratings 51:24 — Interview with Karen Salyer McElmurray 1: 26:52 — A little listener feedback1:30:25 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?#BLACKLIVESMATTERSome Resources to Fight Racial Injustice:PDX Portland Bail Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/pdx-protest-bail-fundBlack Lives Matter https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6857/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=15780&_ga=2.209233111.496632409.1590767838-1184367471.1590767838Communities United Against Police Brutality https://www.cuapb.org/Reclaim the Block https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/#aboutChange.org petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylorChange.org petition for Justice for George Floyd https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-minneapolis-justice-for-george-floydChange.org petition for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery https://www.change.org/p/liberty-county-distric-attorney-justice-for-ahmaud-arberyA Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

    BSG #44: Four Brunettes and a Book / Magic For Liars / Interview with Karen Salyer McElmurray

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2020 103:47

    Things get a little magical this week as the Book Squad discusses "Magic for Liars" by Sarah Gailey. We cover the inevitable comparisons to those *other* books set in a magical school, how this book works as a mystery novel, and how we feel about our narrator, Ivy. Then, Emily interviews Karen Salyer McElmurray, author of "Wanting Radiance." Later, we dig into a little listener feedback and catch up on what’s happening on the #BookSquadBlog. Rent "The Secret Garden" for our next #Othersode on August 24th, and read along with us for our next #Bookpisode on "We Set the Dark on Fire" by Tehlor Kay Mejia on September 7th!TOC0:30 — What magical subject would you teach?8:19 — Book intro10:00 — How does "Magic for Liars" work to do something different from Harry Potter?21:21 — How the novel works as a mystery37:37 — Ask a man41:42 — Ratings 51:24 — Interview with Karen Salyer McElmurray 1: 26:52 — A little listener feedback1:30:25 — What’s on the blog? What’s up next?#BLACKLIVESMATTERSome Resources to Fight Racial Injustice:PDX Portland Bail Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/pdx-protest-bail-fundBlack Lives Matter https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6857/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=15780&_ga=2.209233111.496632409.1590767838-1184367471.1590767838Communities United Against Police Brutality https://www.cuapb.org/Reclaim the Block https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/#aboutChange.org petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylorChange.org petition for Justice for George Floyd https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-minneapolis-justice-for-george-floydChange.org petition for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery https://www.change.org/p/liberty-county-distric-attorney-justice-for-ahmaud-arberyA Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

    Othersode #43: Phantom of the Suburbs / Hamilton!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2020 110:21

    Join us *in the room where it happens* to talk about "Hamilton," the 2015 hit Broadway musical that recently became available to stream on Disney+! We talk about our favorite characters and moments, how women are represented, deviations from history (but in a not-annoying way!), other musicals that have had crossover cultural success, and how "Hamilton" represents our particular politico-historical moment. Also—the #BookSquadBlog is back! Check it out for brand new content! For our next #Bookpisode on August 10, read "Magic for Liars" by Sarah Gailey. Then, check out the new film adaptation of "The Secret Garden" for our next #Othersode on August 24. Send your thoughts on "Hamilton" or any other topic we’ve covered to thesquad@booksquadgoal.com or DM us on social media @booksquadgoals! TOC0:30 - Intro and icebreaker 8:21 - Musical intro11:38 - What’s your experience with this musical?19:06 - Wikes and dislikes 33:42 - Women in the musical 46:00 - Controversy about the musical, representing history 59:11 - Crossover success!1:06:07 - Recorded musicals v movies v live 1:27:57 - What’s everyone’s favorite leitmotif?1:37:40 - Listener feedback1:39:40 - Special announcements1:43:41 - What’s on the blog? What’s up next?- Historical facts: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/movies/hamilton-musical-history-facts.html - Hamilton cast Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFaUY3OAzow- Adam's scholarship: https://gail.uga.edu/adam-cramond-martin-giving- Kickstarter for Two Trumps and a Lie: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sethgriffin/two-trumps-and-a-lie-card-game#BLACKLIVESMATTERSome Resources to Fight Racial Injustice:PDX Portland Bail Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/pdx-protest-bail-fundBlack Lives Matter https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6857/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=15780&_ga=2.209233111.496632409.1590767838-1184367471.1590767838Communities United Against Police Brutality https://www.cuapb.org/Reclaim the Block https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/#aboutChange.org petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylorChange.org petition for Justice for George Floyd https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-minneapolis-justice-for-george-floydChange.org petition for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery https://www.change.org/p/liberty-county-distric-attorney-justice-for-ahmaud-arberyA Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

    Othersode #43: Phantom of the Suburbs / Hamilton!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2020 110:21

    Join us *in the room where it happens* to talk about "Hamilton," the 2015 hit Broadway musical that recently became available to stream on Disney+! We talk about our favorite characters and moments, how women are represented, deviations from history (but in a not-annoying way!), other musicals that have had crossover cultural success, and how "Hamilton" represents our particular politico-historical moment. Also—the #BookSquadBlog is back! Check it out for brand new content! For our next #Bookpisode on August 10, read "Magic for Liars" by Sarah Gailey. Then, check out the new film adaptation of "The Secret Garden" for our next #Othersode on August 24. Send your thoughts on "Hamilton" or any other topic we’ve covered to thesquad@booksquadgoal.com or DM us on social media @booksquadgoals! TOC0:30 - Intro and icebreaker 8:21 - Musical intro11:38 - What’s your experience with this musical?19:06 - Wikes and dislikes 33:42 - Women in the musical 46:00 - Controversy about the musical, representing history 59:11 - Crossover success!1:06:07 - Recorded musicals v movies v live 1:27:57 - What’s everyone’s favorite leitmotif?1:37:40 - Listener feedback1:39:40 - Special announcements1:43:41 - What’s on the blog? What’s up next?- Historical facts: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/movies/hamilton-musical-history-facts.html - Hamilton cast Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFaUY3OAzow- Adam's scholarship: https://gail.uga.edu/adam-cramond-martin-giving- Kickstarter for Two Trumps and a Lie: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sethgriffin/two-trumps-and-a-lie-card-game#BLACKLIVESMATTERSome Resources to Fight Racial Injustice:PDX Portland Bail Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/pdx-protest-bail-fundBlack Lives Matter https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019NAACP Legal Defense Fund: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6857/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=15780&_ga=2.209233111.496632409.1590767838-1184367471.1590767838Communities United Against Police Brutality https://www.cuapb.org/Reclaim the Block https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home/#aboutChange.org petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylorChange.org petition for Justice for George Floyd https://www.change.org/p/mayor-of-minneapolis-justice-for-george-floydChange.org petition for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery https://www.change.org/p/liberty-county-distric-attorney-justice-for-ahmaud-arberyA Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

    BSG #43: The Tina Fey of The Water Dancer / Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Water Dancer with Said Medina

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2020 112:01

    Join the #BookSquad—and special returning guest Said!—for our discussion of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. We talk about memory and storytelling, the “magic” of the story, how women are represented in the book, complicated characters, and enslavement. Next, we dig into some listener feedback from Ninth House and offer some reading suggestions from Black writers. Plus, the #BookSquadBlog is BACK! Check it out for new YA Book Club content, plus posts about video games, movies and more! Watch Hamilton with us for our next #Othersode (7/27), and read Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey for our next #Bookpisode (8/10)! Follow us on social media, and send any feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com! Coates discussing The Water Dancer w/Ibram X. Kendi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXcpOuFSxqcTOC:30–intro and special guest, Said!8:44–spoiler warning and book intro12:23–the power of memory and storytelling18:35–what is the value of the magic in the book? 20:25–women in the novel 55:27–problematic characters 1:02:00–history in the novel 1:05:26–terminology 1:10:18–quotes from the Coates and Kendi talk1:17:13–would this be a good limited series?1:22:27–ratings?1:32:31–listener feedback 1:42:54–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?Consider Donating: https://thelovelandfoundation.org/https://www.theokraproject.com/https://alp.org/https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

    BSG #43: The Tina Fey of The Water Dancer / Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Water Dancer with Said Medina

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2020 112:01

    Join the #BookSquad—and special returning guest Said!—for our discussion of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. We talk about memory and storytelling, the “magic” of the story, how women are represented in the book, complicated characters, and enslavement. Next, we dig into some listener feedback from Ninth House and offer some reading suggestions from Black writers. Plus, the #BookSquadBlog is BACK! Check it out for new YA Book Club content, plus posts about video games, movies and more! Watch Hamilton with us for our next #Othersode (7/27), and read Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey for our next #Bookpisode (8/10)! Follow us on social media, and send any feedback to thesquad@booksquadgoals.com! Coates discussing The Water Dancer w/Ibram X. Kendi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXcpOuFSxqcTOC:30–intro and special guest, Said!8:44–spoiler warning and book intro12:23–the power of memory and storytelling18:35–what is the value of the magic in the book? 20:25–women in the novel 55:27–problematic characters 1:02:00–history in the novel 1:05:26–terminology 1:10:18–quotes from the Coates and Kendi talk1:17:13–would this be a good limited series?1:22:27–ratings?1:32:31–listener feedback 1:42:54–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?Consider Donating: https://thelovelandfoundation.org/https://www.theokraproject.com/https://alp.org/https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

    Othersode #42: Anti-Racist Reading / Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2020 108:43

    As the United States enters the sixth week of national protests over the brutal police murders of unarmed Black people, we thought it best to interrupt our regular schedule for some anti-racism reading and reflection. So this week, we're discussing Ibram X. Kendi’s "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America." We cover the book’s interesting structure, highlight some of the new-to-us terminology, and share ways in which the book upended our own understanding of our country’s history. Of course, we also talk about pop culture and feminism, because how could we not? After our discussion, we read some listener feedback from our last othersode on Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, and talk a little bit about the current status of the blog. Be sure to read along for our next episode on The Water Dancer by Ta Nehisi Caotes, which drops July 13th. Then, for our next othersode on July 27th, join us for another foray into American history: a discussion of HAMILTON, which will finally be made available to the masses via Disney+. In the meantime, please continue educating yourselves, fighting for what’s right, and wearing your masks!:30–introductions and places to donate8:33–gettin into the book. Spoiler warning: it’s history 23:45–terminology, learning new things 34:32–uplift suasion (and how it applies to the Bach nation)58:26–Black women and feminism 1:06:40–pop culture1:19:52–physicality and stereotypes 1:30:37–comments on the book1:39:37–feedback1:41:25–where’s the blog? What’s up next?Links:https://thelovelandfoundation.org/https://www.theokraproject.com/https://alp.org/https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

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