That Book was BONKERS
A Testament of Youth
For the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day, we got a little more serious and read the excellent WWI memoir A Testament of Youth by feminist, pacifist, WWI nurse, poet and writer, Vera Brittain. Recommendations: Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, The Ghost RoadThe Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz AgeThe Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to EndThe Work of the DeadWar is a Force that Gives Us MeaningAlso stay tuned for a...
Was ever being so born to calamity? For Halloween we have a special treat, lesbian vampires who are into anagrams, in Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu. In this episode we talk about vampire class issues, exactly how much of the f/f action is unconscious subtext (spoiler alert: none of it), and vampires as a metaphor for Irish politics. Recommendations: * Angela Carter’s short-story, the Lady of the House of Love (it’s in The Bloody Chamber) which is vaguely based on The Sleeping...
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