Lauren and Isaac attempt to cover Mikhail Bulgakov's twentieth century satirical(?) Stalin-era novel about the devil, a giant talking cat, Pontius Pilate, and a bunch of other people we didn't care about, but who have names that are fun to say.
Lauren and Isaac read Tom Clancy's "action" "thriller" "classic" Patriot Games this time. It's 500 pages of '80s sexist nonsense with lots of details about how different guns work. PLUS--terrorists! (white ones, mostly) Lauren says, "Fuck you, Jack Ryan." Isaac says, "Yes, you can write a novel with your dick." PLUS PLUS--the premiere of our long-awaited theme song!
Lauren and Isaac read Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik's Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A fun, light biography that exposes our hatred of the patriarchy and love of liberal "activist" judges.
For their 10th episode, Lauren and Isaac are joined by Minneapolis photographer and improv person Adam Iverson to discuss Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling spiritual travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love AKA Brown Wisdom AKA God Works Better than Therapy & Meds, I Guess. We cannot fathom why this is supposed to be inspirational, but apparently 10 million people disagree.
Lauren & Isaac read the masterfully ghostwritten memoirs of their hero, Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, "I Will Find You." It's full of horrific murders, deadpan quips, and general badassery. SPOILER: we love Kenda even more after reading his book.
Lauren and Isaac read Rhonda Byrne's The Secret AKA The Handbook of Pathological Magical Narcissism. We learned about how to stop thinking "fat thoughts," how sacrifice is bullshit, and that we should all be skeptical of germ theory.
Lauren and Isaac talk about James Fallon's The Psychopath Inside, their shortest book and longest episode so far. Reckless speculation ensues, Lauren gets hopped up on energy drinks and vodka, and Isaac's voice cannot be properly captured by recording devices SORRY.
Married couple Lauren and Isaac tackle E. L. James's bizarrely bestselling debut novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. It's full of angst, controlling behaviors, youthful idiocy, and so, so much unappetizing sex. Spoiler alert: we were not fans.
Married couple Lauren & Isaac have formed a book club--with each other. Episode 1 tackles the first volume of Adolph Hitler's Mein Kampf. This is for comedy purposes, not white supremacist ones, you guys.