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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).

Jul 23, 2019

Hannah and Michael talk about the UK’s answer to Thomas Kinkade, moving with books, and hot takes on literature.

Resources:

Jack Vettriano Profile in the Independent (2010)

NYPL List of New York Books

Hot Takes Thread

Books mentioned:

Robert Caro, The Power Broker

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Ben Lerner, 10:04

Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach

Edith Wharton, House of Mirth; Age of Innocence; Custom of the Country

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Shakespeare, Richard II

Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

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