Episode 30: Hunger

Hello, lovelies! We’re back with an episode about Hunger by Roxane Gay. Y’all, it is SUCH a great read.

We discussed: how fantastically crafted and poetic this work is, how relatable and authentic it is, the desire to MAKE everybody read this book (required reading, folks), the complexities of being fat that Gay explores and talks about so genuinely, UGH AND SO MUCH MOREEEEE. PLUS an update on our real reaction to Evan’s book suggestion. We drag him for a bit.

Olivia drinks: coffee w/ heavy whipping cream
Ashley drinks: the same thang

We read: Hunger by Roxane Gay
Up next: The H-Spot by Jill Filipovic

Music by: Matt Costa!

Episode 29: How to Weep in Public

Well, lovelies, we’re back with episode 29! This week we read How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows by Jacqueline Novak. We enjoyed it vv much and have lotsa smart things to stay.

We discuss: Bright Eyes connections (Olivia’s one true love), whether or not this could be considered a memoir, an error Olivia found, the privilege our dear author displays and acknowledges at points, how this book is kind of hard to discuss, our appreciation for Novak’s approach to talking about depression, the relatability of this book for multiple audiences, and soooomuchmore.

Olivia drinks: sauvignon blanc
Ashley drinks: gin&tonic
(damn we’re creatures of habit)

We read: How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows by Jacqueline Novak
Up next: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Music by: Matt Costa!

Episode 28: The Glass Universe

Hey darlin’, we’re back with our episode on The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel!

This time, we discuss: the merits of gin & soda (fewer carbs, y’all!), Ashleys weirdass interpretation of Dava Sobel’s voice, how quickly this book moves through time, the challenge of remembering drunk book suggestions, being okay with not having the background knowledge for a science- and history-focused book, our love of the dudes and ladies who were so woman-positive back in this regressive as hell era, the incredible brilliance and intelligence of the folks in this book (they look at pictures of what looks like spray paint and can then figure out distances, ages, and brightness of the stars, WTF), and sooo much more.

Olivia drinks: sauvignon blanc
Ashley drinks: gin&tonic

We read: The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
Up next: How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows by Jacqueline Novak

Music by: Matt Costa!

Episode 27: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Hello loves! We’re back and talking about We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby.

We discuss: the unsustainable magic that is la croix, helen the spunky devil spawn, samantha irby’s balance of humor and seriousness, the pacing of the reveal of Mavis and her relationship, how hard it would be to suddenly be a parent and role model to tweens in the middle of your adulthood, olivia’s hatred of bathroom humor, our moonspired dreams, how much we shape people, white people picnics, and mooooore.

Olivia drinks: water
Ashley drinks: water

We read: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Up next: The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

Music by: Matt Costa!

Episode 26: The Book of Joan

OMGEEEZ! We’re back, and this epi we’re talking about The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch.

You’re in luck because we talk about: the power of wine stoppers (they work!), cutting through soft skin with wire (it’s a thing in the book!), the constant action in the story, our confusion with the place name CIEL (newsflash: it’s French), the fact that the story was toooooo much for us, all the positive reviews, comparison to Marilynne Robinson’s book (PS It’s Housekeeping, NOT Homecoming), how the book continues for what feels like forever, “womb logic,” some fucked up transphobic shit– oof, in short, we get sassy.

Olivia drinks: a sauv blanc named AVA GRACE (it’s from Whole Foods obvi)
Ashley drinks: weeks-old rose with a tiny bit of carbonation left thanks to that mystical wine stopper

We read: The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
Up next: We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Music by: Matt Costa!

Episode 25: Lincoln in the Bardo

Hey, ya cutie! We’re back with our talk about Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

In this epi, we talk about: wine wine wine (does white really have fewer calories, obtw?), the funky and poetic structure of this novie, the idea that this book may be “easier” as an audiobook, too much vs. too little character development, lots of action vs. contemplative moments, Ashley basically tells the whole book Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy, and mooooore.

Olivia drinks: coffee
Ashley drinks: nada, baby

We read: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Up next: The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Music by: Matt Costa!

Episode 24: What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky

We’re back this week, talking about What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah.

We discuss: some “punch-in-the-guts” moments in the stories, reading short stories as collections versus as individual stories, the uplifting idea that you have to deal with your pain— no avoiding it!, thematic connections to Girls (I know, seems a little cray), the role storytelling plays in these stories, the question of whether to look up an author before reading their work or not to look up an author before reading their work ;), our new memoir “Stuck With a White Man,” and we then we get a little toasty at the end.

Olivia drinks: cab or something
Ashley drinks: some unnamed white wine

We read: What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Up next: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Music by: Matt Costa