Episode 47: Friday Black

Hey cutie drunkards! This epi, we discuss Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Check out our Patreon!

In the episode, we discuss: retail jobs, Plato’s Closet, saying the quiet parts aloud, Olivia’s love of The Giver, judgey ten-year-olds, books versus movies, the impossibility of feeling empathy for people who do horrible things, evil version of It’s a Wonderful Life, more retail reminiscences, Olivia’s hatred of Steinbeck’s descriptions and Ashley’s goal to make her get his writing, and so much more.

Olivia drinks: rose from France in a very large bottle
Ashley drinks: Little Grove by Allagash

We read: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Up next: Please Don’t Sit on my Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson

Episode 46: Yearbook

Hey beloved wonderful drunkards! We’re back this week discussing Yearbook by Seth Rogan.

We discuss: Blake Shelton (who maybe owns People?!), Lenny Kravitz, Ashley’s obsession with Jason Segel, our confidence that when we meet famous people we’ll either become best friends or lovers, Olivia’s brush with reality television fame, Rogan’s bold truth-telling, how much we enjoy the cover design, complicated feelings about Kanye, Olivia’s dust jacket hacks, male celebrity crushes, and soooo much more.

ALSO we finally have a Patreon! Check us out and subscribe if you’d like over at patreon.com/drunkofthebook 🙂

Ashley drinks: Things for your Head Pina Colada hard seltzer
Olivia drinks: Quirk Cherry Blossom & Lime hard seltzer

We read: Yearbook by Seth Rogan
Up next: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Episode 45: Crying in H Mart

What’s up, drunkers? This epi, we discuss Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner! Content warning: death, grieving.

We discuss: Japanese Breakfast obvi, Olivia’s forever password, Zauner’s genuinely strong writing, how tough it was to read her story because she did such a powerful job of bringing the reader along in her processing, feeling personally attacked as teens of the early two-thousands, understanding Kay’s grief as the friend and caregiver, a possible queer read?, the nebulous space being between two cultures, identity crises, Olivia tries to roll her rs, and so much more.

We read: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Up next: Yearbook by Seth Rogen

Olivia drinks: Tequila + Juice + Sport Drink
Ashley drinks: Gin & Tonic

Episode 44: Shrill

Hello beloved drunkers! This week, we discuss Shrill by Lindy West! Content warning: rape.

We discuss: West’s episodes of This American Life, why Olivia didn’t like this book, Ashley reading this book like a reverse audiobook, cult leader daddies, how we’ve shifted as a society between 2016 and 2021, our future children Mountonious and Mountcliff, twinning and elderly bullies, $40 jeans, the American Girl Bodies book left on our beds to explain puberty, period stories, the distress of Leos having their 2020 birthdays, Shrill the book versus Shrill the show, and so much more.

We read: Shrill by Lindy West
Up next: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Olivia drinks: Rose of the pinot noir variety
Ashley drinks: some beer

Episode 43: Difficult Women

What up, drunkers?? This epi, we discuss Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. Trigger warning rape, sexual assault, abuse, miscarriage, violence, death.

We discuss: the fact that we both didn’t realize the stories were fiction at first, the difficulty of the intensity in these stories, Olivia’s love of Omaha, Tumblr-era flash fiction of the 2010s, repetition of themes, fears of boats and love and how Gay articulates emotions, fluency in “bad priest” sexiness, things we wrote in college, MFA-program styles of writing, “I am a knife!”, Real Housewives costumes, and more.

We read: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Up next: Shrill by Lindy West

Olivia drinks: Merlot by Bogle
Ashley drinks: Estrella Jalisco cerveza

Episode 42: Mexican Gothic

Hi, friends! This episode, we discuss Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia! PS Spoiler alert… we do discuss some mysteries that are revealed within the story.

We discuss: The Yellow Wallpaper and gothic themes, Olivia’s on-point predictions and creepy dreams after reading, the many big themes in this book (medical world vs. folk healing, distrust of women, racism, classism, eugenics & incest– yikes), comparisons with Allende’s The House of the Spirits, a few unclosed loops, the benefits of ebooks versus physical books, Ashley’s little taste of the awkwardness of online dating, the new 3.5% White Claws (spoiler alert, that’s def not worth anything), Lindsay Lohan throwing us all under the bus with her kombucha excuse, Ashley’s long lost Pom glasses, Olivia’s chopstick life (someone, please send this woman a fork), and, um, incest??

Also, drunkers, we have some asks. Message us on social media @drunkofthebook or email us at drunkofthebook@gmail.com with your feedback:
1. Should we do a rating system?
2. Would you sign up if we did a Patreon doing goofy, weird shit on it?
3. Please review us! Our review game is sad 😦
4. Let us know if you want to guest on our podcast!

We read: Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
Up next: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Olivia drinks: Black Cherry White Claw
Ashley drinks: Bubble Bath Hard Smoothie (Pina Colada flavor!) by Alvarado Street Brewery

Episode 41: Cemetery Boys

Hey frieeeends! This episode, we’re talking about Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Spoiler alerts in this episode! Just a heads up to read the book before listening if you’re worried about spoilers 🙂

We discuss: hard-to-buy mugs, Olivia’s oversharing at her new local coffee shop/bar, Olivia’s new love for YA thanks to this book (and the seed for why Olivia hates YA in the first place), complex characters and our interest in more books in this universe, and so much mooooore.

We read: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Up next: Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Olivia drinks: Brooklyn Cider House Rose Cider
Ashley drinks: a fruity, floral tea in a mug by @MadeByAnisa

Episode 40: I Might Regret This

Hey drunkers! So excited to be back discussing I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson. Content warning: there is some talk of bodies and diets.

We discuss: gymnastics, olivia’s childhood gymnastics/dance/swim career, getting used to the tone of the book, buying stamps to save the post office and sending letters with a million 2 cent stamps and investing in stamps (sorry y’all, we honestly go OFF on stamps and, no, it’s not related to the book…), the softness of the book’s pages, the kinship Olivia feels with Abbi and her experiences, the fact that Olivia didn’t watch tv in college until junior year and Ashley had been boycotting Hulu for years because she felt betrayed, overlaps Ashley feels with Abbi’s personality, Olivia’s plan to pierce her bellybutton and wear dresses for six months, a rice cake convo, diet-culture and body stuff, Olivia’s dry-cleaning epiphany lololol, the intense anxiety some parts of this book bring up, two Jerome songs, the celebrity romance and parentage mysteries we want to know but shouldn’t care about, and so much more!

We read: I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson
Up next: Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas

Olivia drinks: old fridge wine– a 2-day-old bottle of prosecco that is still shockingly bubbly PLUS juice
Ashley drinks: more of that very old viognier (like… a year old???)

Episode 39: Dear Girls

Welcome back, dear drunkers! We can’t wait for you to hear our mess of a new theme song as well as this episode on Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong.

We discuss: the difficulty of reading during 2020, Uncle Andrew, how hilariously nasty Ali Wong is (in a good way), how much grosser girls are than guys, complaints about how much women have to put into appearance and then people complain about them taking too long, the benefits of working from home, how hard it will be to go back to work/school, reflections on this podcast over time, regrets about not going abroad in college, student loan woes, (of course) how funny Ali Wong is, and SO MUCH MORE.

We read: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
Up next: I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

Olivia drinks: Rose Bae rose
Ashley drinks: a very old viognier

Episode 38: Big Friendship

We’re still in a pandemic! But we figured why not get back to reading alongside the existential dread. Welcome to Episode 38, drunker. We read Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman.

We discuss: our delicious drinks and why we can’t even handle them anymore, “Ad Friedman,” friend pressures and “the stretch,” changing trends in friendship, “shine theory” drama, our investment in Ann and Aminatou’s friend struggles, eating dip, Ashley’s penchant for napping, and more as we just generally get back into the groove of podcasting!

We read: Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Up next: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

Olivia drinks: sauvignon blanc
Ashley drinks: sparkling egg nog w/ rum & (really old) sprinkles

Music by our pal Matt Costa!