Podcast #13: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A_Tale_For_The_Time_BeingWe made it!

That’s a wrap!  Call it a year!  Last year we finished recording the podcasts before the big announcement, but we were’t able to release them all to the world until after.  This year, we worked overtime to get them all done on time.  This is our final podcast, and if you’re a fan of anus, it’s a great one.

In this episode Aaron compares Nao to Darling, Jackie reveals what her supapowa is, Karli thinks Aaron is too obsessed with anus and isn’t afraid to let him know it, and Michelle shockingly admits for the first time ever that she thinks that The Luminaries should win the prize.



Podcast #12: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We_Need_New_NamesWe’re getting there!

This is the sixth podcast this year, and the fifth discussion dedicated specifically to chatting about one of the finalists.  That means we’ve got just one podcast left to eek out after this, and if you’ve been keeping track at home, you know that we’re doing it just like mama always said.  That’s right, when you’ve got the cat by its balls, you save it for last.

In this episode Aaron sings a little song he wrote about the book, Jackie reveals that she actually finished listening to it before the recording (!), Karli tries to get her geometry homework done, and Michelle shockingly admits for the first time ever that she thinks that The Luminaries should win the prize and that Life After Life should have at least made the longlist.


Podcast #11: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Arthur Brown, BALCO, Colum McCann, Fredrick Douglass, gender, George Mitchell, history, John Alcock, Let the Great World Spin, Major League Baseball, national book award, Northern Ireland, TransatlanticTrue to our word, here’s podcast #3 of the week!

Three!  See.  I told you that we’d make up for lost time.  Didn’t believe me?  Take your punishment in the form of a deliciously enjoyable digital audio file.  Wait, what?  You did believe me?  The reward for your unwavering faith in my abilities is…a deliciously enjoyable digital audio file.  The margin between the winners and the losers this time is very, very small.

In this episode Aaron saves Jackie with a creative edit, Jackie admits that she hasn’t finished the book (recurring theme?), and Michelle dreams of having a daybed of her very own.



Podcast #10: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The_Luminaries_USAs promised, here’s our second podcast of the week!

We’re making up for lost time.  We’re good like that.  And this year we might just fit in all of the podcasts BEFORE the winner is announced.  Crazy, I know, right?

In this episode Michelle dubs The Luminaries the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize, Aaron wonders why Jesus is such an asshole on Penny’s behalf, Penny expresses her love for mutton chops of all shapes, sizes, and colors, Jackie admits that once again she hasn’t quite finished the book, and our special guest star Carole calls the damn thing pretentious.


Podcast #9: Harvest by Jim Crace

HarvestWe’re baaaaaack!

It feels like it’s been a really long time since the last podcast, because, well, it has been!  This one has actually been sitting in the can, patiently waiting its turn to be edited for quite some time and we’re happy to finally get it out to the world.  Expect two more podcasts later in the week to make up for such a long period of silence.

In this episode Michelle wishes that Karli was her life coach, Karli longs to get hallucinogenic, Aaron calls Jesus an asshole on Penny’s behalf, Jackie plays the part of Mike, and Elizabeth wonders why the experience of reading this year’s crop of shortlisted novels hasn’t been all that fulfilling.



Podcast #8: The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

The_Testament_of_MaryIt’s shortlist time!  Are you as excited as we are?

What better way to kick things off then with a riveting discussion about religion, the bible, religion, Jesus, religion, Lazarus, religion, and Mary.  If this one doesn’t tear us apart then certainly nothing will, right?

In this episode Aaron sounds like he’s in a tunnel as he compares the book to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Mike eloquently expresses why he disliked the novel so much, Penny calls Jesus an asshole, Michelle’s dog snores REALLY loudly,  Karli searches for something more, and Jackie calls the book a “good thinker.”