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The Bookstore

Oct 15, 2019

If the Nobel Prize for literature were a body part, this year it would be two feet stuck firmly in its own mouth. That was going to be the title of the episode, but I figured it was too long. This week we break down a couple of scandals that are plaguing the prestigious award AND we have a conversation with Margaret...


Oct 8, 2019

This week we give ourselves a bit of a history lesson as we read Qiu Miaojin's Notes of a Crocodile, a satire of Taiwanese society in the late 80s and 90s.

Correction for this episode: Becca refers to Qiu Miaojin as Miaojin instead of as Qiu, her surname. Apologies for that mistake.

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Oct 1, 2019

After a bit of a mis-speak, we realized that we've read more books published by independent publishers and presses than we thought. So we're here to highlight the great work by publishers you suggested and publishers that we think are putting out great work. There's so many to talk about that we couldn't fit it...


Sep 24, 2019

This is a long one, but it's only because we could not shut up about Trick Mirror and Jia Tolentino. We opine, we contradict ourselves, then we contradict our contradictions. But it's all just being self-reflective of our own self-delusions. You may not believe you need another thinkpiece on the internet and...


Sep 17, 2019

This week's mini has some themed book news.

  • What's an embargo? You're about to find out.
  • Big companies bum us out, but we keep punching up until we reach the obvious ending.
  • And Corinne travelled all the way to Madison, Wi to talk with Gretchen at A Room of One's Own Books about Bookstores Against Borders and how...