Episode 37: The Haunting of Hill House

Hey, you wondrous human being! Welcome to episode 37! We read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

We discuss: leftover wine (what to do with a whole box of old wine? suggestions welcome); Olivia’s blurb-writing skills, Ashley’s story of Shirley Jackson; the uneasy, scary tone of the book (it is a successful scary story even if it doesn’t seem like it at first!); the very blatantly obvious themes of queerness in this book; how Jackson plays with horror tropes; questions we still have about some of the characters; and how we are technology mavens!

We read: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Up next: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Olivia drinks: leftover party wine
Ashley drinks: gin & tonic

Music by our pal Matt Costa!

Episode 36: Her Body and Other Parties

Hello, sweeties! Welcome back to Episode 36. We read Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.

We discuss: Goodreads reading challenges, the ridiculously high prices of audio books, actually paying for music and movies, changing the speed of podcast playback, how druuuunk we sound if you slow down our podcast to 1/2 speed (please try– enjoy), the interview Ashley heard of Carmen Maria Machado (Call Your Girlfriend episode titled “Winter Books“), the tone of sadness that colored a lot of the stories, the richness of the short story “The Husband Stitch” (we’re pretty sure it must be on a Mills College syllabus right now), our lack of Law & Order SVU background knowledge, how “The Inventory” shifted in a really interesting way, Ashley’s love of “The Resident” for its old-school ghost story vibe, the ambiguity of the time periods in the stories that made them feel like modern fairy tales, comparison’s to Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird and Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble, Micheline Marcom‘s philosophy of relating to authors as our mentors, how we both felt inspired to write after reading, and so much more.

We leave you with this: “I think it’s high time for the short story to come back!”

We read: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Up next: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Olivia drinks: sauvignon blanc
Ashley drinks: Kyla hard kombucha (4.5% y’all!)

Music by our pal Matt Costa!

Episode 35: Text Me When You Get Home

Hi QTs! Welcome to Episode 35! We read Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer.

We discuss: how women are, indeed, capable of having friendships; tears, blood, cervical mucus, uterine linings; the word moist; Skype’s banning of Ashley; the slightly repetitiveness of including so much Parks and Rec info in the book; the fact that it’s slightly less thrilling than Helter Skelter; Olivias hatred of Girls; the myth of the “cool girl;” how we know noooothing about sororities; reflections on our own friendships; and sooo much more.

We read: Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer
Up next: All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Olivia drinks: a Red Blend from the Corner Market (don’t ask questions)
Ashley drinks: an Ultimate Margarita (thanks Peppers!)

Music by our pal Matt Costa!

Episode 34: Between the World and Me

OMG we’re back. No, seriously, we are. On this episode, we discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

In this episode: we think this is a book all white Americans should read, how engaging the book is, the epistemological form, how his description of parenting resonated for us (two non-parents, lol), how its a privilege for white people to avoid reading this because of fear of how intense it may be, the concept of whiteness (check out the podcast Scene On Radio’s series Seeing White for more on that topic), and how it’s time to bump Romeo and Juliet for Between the World and Me on required reading lists. ENJOY, drunkers!

We read: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Up next: Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer

Olivia drinks: a chardonnay from a former employee
Ashley drinks: a sour margarita that is no longer sour

Music by our pal Matt Costa!

Episode 33: An American Marriage

Hey QTs! This month’s episode is on the wonderful An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Have you read it yet? If not, what are you waiting for???

In this episode, we discuss: the fact that we didn’t take any notes because we were too busy reading and loving this book, crying in public about books, family bonds, predicting and peeking at the end of books, what is marriage and what makes a good one?, idealized representations of romance, people viewed as archetypes, and how realistic is a store for dolls that cost hundreds of dollars? (oh wait, American Girl dolls are a thing…).

Olivia drinks: a huge bottle of Malbec rose (with an adorbs love story attached)
Ashley drinks: sauvignon blanc

We read: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Up next: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Music by our pal Matt Costa!

Episode 32: My Brilliant Friend

Hey drunkers! We’re back with this month’s episode! This time, we read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante… only like six years after everybody else went wild for it. We’re finally jumping on the bandwagon, just for you.

In this episode, we discuss: juggling the many characters of this book, the abrupt ending that left us with no closure, confusing character motivations, untrustworthy narratives, bad book covers, jealousy mixed with love, and how (through the course of this conversation) we realized that we now want to read the rest of the novels in this series. It’s wild, y’all.

Olivia drinks: wine of some sort
Ashley drinks: a gin and tonic, what the hell else?

We read: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Up next: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Music by: Matt Costa!

Episode 31: The H Spot

Oh my MOTHERFRICKING GOOOOD y’all, it’s been forever a day, but we are bacccckkkkk! This episode, we’re discussing The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic.

We discuss: the need to fight for happiness (in addition to equality), the power of female friendships, our opinions about women changing their names when they marry (spoiler alert, we totally don’t get why people do it), early-2000s fashions (which to keep and which to ditch), disturbing sexual expectations in our culture, when to back the fuck off, the Aziz Ansari article, and so much more. Enjoy, babes!

Olivia drinks: 2013 Red Blend by Prophecy (with the really pretty label)
Ashley drinks: a gin and tonic (what the hell else?)

We read: The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic
Up next: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Music by: Matt Costa!