July 9, 2020

110- Romance Novels

The pals discuss romance, a genre they are wildly ill-equipped to discuss intelligently.

The pals talk about how the design and aesthetics of a published book affect their reading and enjoyment.

Aaron gets huffy about a woke twitter thread badmouthing Jane Eyre and leads the pals in a discussion of how required reading is approached in American schools.

The pals discuss the novel Night Boat to Tangier by Nico's neighbor and Dave's fantasy lover Kevin Barry.

What do the books a person displays in their home say about them?

The pals discuss "booksibitionism" or factoring in what strangers may think of you when selecting what to bring in public or when packing for a trip.

May 28, 2020

103- Burnout

The pals talk about burnout with reading and writing and the toll work (and just life really) can take on creative and literary pursuits. Recorded in February, if only they had know COVID was coming...

In part 2, the babies commemorate 100 episodes by creating a list of the 25 less-essential reads for personal pals--much of it categorized as "Aaron's Sadness."

The babies commemorate 100 episodes by creating a list of the 25 essential reads for personal pals.

UPDATED (Nico's audio was desynced in the original upload)

The pals share what they've been reading: The Cockroach, by Ian McEwan; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman; Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway; The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides; Fall, or Dodge in Hell, by Neal Stephenson; The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder; Ironweed, by William Kennedy; Go All the Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop, by Paul Myers (ed); House of X / Powers of X, by Johnathan Hickman; 20XX, by Johnathan Luna and Lauren Keeley.

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