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That Book is your guide to terrible good books and good terrible books.  You know that book: the one you see everyone reading on the subway, the one gathering dust on your stepmom’s nightstand, and the one that the library has twenty untouched copies of. Hosted by Hannah Weaver and Michael Goldsmith, readers with high expectations and low standards.  

By day, Hannah is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. By night, she can be found making a mess of the kitchen, insisting on taking a walk, and reading schmaltzy paperbacks from the public library. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.

Michael is an actor living in Brooklyn. Maybe you've seen him die horribly on shows like Doctor Who and Gotham, but he's mostly a theatre guy--having performed in London, NYC and across the US in all kinds of plays that aren't musicals. He blames books for everything good in his life (knowledge, etc.) and everything bad (bouts with childhood obesity).

Aug 14, 2018

Michael and Hannah discuss how confusing spy movies are, take a stroll on the other side of the iron curtain, and tip their hats to grifters and their nutso schemes before turning to the MANY other things they are reading this week.

Books mentioned: Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those who Leave and Those who Stay, The Story of the Lost Child; Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary; Joel Dicker, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair; Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair, The Swimming Pool Library, The Line of Beauty.

Movie mentioned:Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Articles mentioned:

Le Carré, “In Ronnie’s Court,” New Yorker; Le Carré, “The Madness of Spies,” New Yorker; Boyd, “Rereading The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” The Guardian

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