That Book was BONKERS
The Pillow Book
Sei Shonagan invents the internet! In this episode, we discuss different translations, Sei Shonagon's epic snobbiness, and how she may have also invented the humble brag. Essay: How Sei Shonagon Invented Your Tumblr by Sady Doyle Recommendations: Hanadai: Price of the Flower by Evelyn De Wolfe (forthcoming) The Bughouse by Daniel Swift (FSG, 2017) Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn Tokkaido Road by Lucia St. Clair Robson
One of the reasons we wanted to start this podcast was to read and discuss Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey, and now we have! It was amazing. While Odysseus schemes and Telemachus whines, The Odyssey's women finally get their due. We discuss Homer, Ancient Greek archeology, and Zeus the fangirl! (P.S. I know the audio quality isn't great, but we will be upgrading our audio equipment soon, and eps 7 and beyond will be better.) Recommendations: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood...
The Turn of the Screw
Crazy, or crazy like a fox? A very Victorian fox who is still weirdly obsessed with children, but nonetheless, a fox? Find out what we thought as we discuss Henry James's THE TURN OF THE SCREW, what exactly it meant to be a governess, and the Spiritualism movement of the 19th century. For more information about governesses, check this out: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/the-figure-of-the-governess Recommendations: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson The Woman...
The Phantom of the Opera
We discuss The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, including Raoul f*ckboi, our teen angst feelings, and of course, musical adaptations and sequels. Recommendations: Queen of the Night, Alexander Chee Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allan Poe The Canary Trainer, Nicholas Meyer (Sherlock Holmes pastiche/crossover) Maskerade by Terry Pratchett Feel free to email us at email@example.com
For our second episode, we discuss The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, which is one of the horniest books we've ever read. Recommendations: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw Justinian’s Flea by William Rosen Doomsday Book by Connie Willis various romance novels by Bertrice Small Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Study in Scarlet
For the inaugural episode of That Book was BONKERS, Linnea Hartsuyker, Jessica Hatch, Manik Hinchey, and Reiden Fredstrom discuss A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Recommendations: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer Arthur & George by Julian Barnes The Trixie Belden Mysteries