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!

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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

 

Episode 23: Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Hey hey hey y’all! We’re back with episode 23! This week, we discuss Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis.

We discuss: (duh duh duuuuh) INTERSECTIONALITY, global and community-minded viewpoints, our Palestine blindspot, the abolition of prisons, prison-made products, the necessary reminder that steps forward are steps in the right direction, resistbot, and mooooore.

Olivia drinks: coffee (with RUM!)
Ashley drinks: coffee por sí mismo (sad face)

We read: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
Up next: What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Music by: Matt Costa


Episode 22: Assata: An Autobiography

Hello lovely drunk bbs! We’re back with Episode 22. This week, we read Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur. Y’all, this book was so fantastic. Get ready for it.

We discussed: how relevant Assata’s experiences still are today, connections to Ava Duvernay’s 13th (watch it on Netflix NOW, people!!!), the travesty that this was the first we’ve heard of Assata, the structure of the back-and-forth timeline of Assata’s story, how impressive Assata was (even at such a young age),  appreciation for the adults in young Assata’s life who helped her, next steps, and mooooore.

Olivia and Ashley drink: coffee (yep, we’re deeruuuunkkkkk this episode)

We read: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
Up next: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

 

 

Episode 21: Real Artists Have Day Jobs

Hiiii bbs!!! This week, we discuss Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa.

We discuss: giving Patton Oswalt a chance, compliments for kids and for adults, being better shoppers, serious stuff, silly stuff, and SO MUCH MOREEEE.

Olivia drinks: malbec
Ashley drinks: g&t w/ TERROIR GIN

We read: Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa
Up next: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Music by: Matt Costa

Episode 20: Homegoing

Welcome to Season 2, drunkers! To start off our new season, we have our discussion about Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Oh, beeteedubs, Ashley keeps saying Nigeria because she’s ignorant; the book takes place in GHANA goddammit!.

Among other things, we discuss: biblical vibes, Gyasi’s use of description, our desires to be translators despite our monolingual status, learning new languages with children’s books, Olivia’s memoir “A Full Room in the Mountains,” wanting to reread the book, the importance and weight of these stories, supporting authors by buying their books, purposeful self-care in the age of #45, and so much more.

Olivia drinks: “red blend” wine from the corner store
Ashley drinks: (you guessed it!) gin and tonic

We read: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Up next: Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa

Episode 19: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

What up drunkers? We’re back with Episode 19! This week, we discuss Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by the lovely Mindy Kaling.

This time, we discuss: our issues, all the fantastic photos in this book, Mindy’s badass mom, Olivia’s love of chest hair, bikinis and sunning, Mindy’s unapologetic badassery, avoiding apologies, masters of intersectionality (iiick, jk),  witch cackles, and so.much.more.

Olivia drinks: rosé of some kind
Ashley drinks: gin and tonic of some kind

We read: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Up next: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi