Happy New Year from Bookbabble!

Dec 31, 2008 by

I don’t know about you, but there is this nagging feeling of OH-MY-GOODNESS-WHERE-THE-HELL-DID-THE-YEAR-GO where I’m concerned.  The year has flown past, and we’re staring at yet another new year come too quickly, and a gloomy one at that.

But a new year ahead brings new vistas and new opportunities, not to mention prospects of many more wonderful books to savour.

Bookbabble wishes all a very happy New Year!

 

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Bookbabble Episode 23: Masterpieces and Martinis – The Heady Mix of Literature and Alcohol

Dec 30, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 23: Masterpieces and Martinis – The Heady Mix of Literature and Alcohol
Recorded 23 Nov 2008
Babblers: Gem, Donny with Renee Wallace aka Irene Wilde

Synopsis:

A intriguing exploration of authors and their alcohol.  Some of the most famous writers in the world produced some of the best literature in the world with a glass in their hand.  The babblers talk about some of the more interesting ones, ponder on how much their drinking has shaped their writings, plus talked about some of the most famous literary bars in the world.  Plus, Irene shows us what it takes to make the perfect martini (hint: never put watermelons, and no Beefeater!)  Also, something on Obama, and this time from an American (as opposed to a trio of non-Americans, as was what happened previously in Episode 21).

Show Length: 81:15 mins

Authors mentioned (some of them, anyway):

  • Ernest Hemingway
  • F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Beryl Bainbridge
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Ring Lardner
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • William Faulkner – “Civilization begins with distillation”
  • Stephen King
  • Noel Coward
  • Dylan Thomas

Note: Of course, due to the subject matter, this may not be entirely suitable for some of our younger audiences, however inclined they might be at producing inspired literature under the influence.

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Bookbabble Episode 24: Prose to Pictures – Memorable Film Adaptations

Dec 29, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 24: Prose to Pictures – Memorable Film Adaptations

Recorded 4 Dec 2008
Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny

Synopsis:

According to our in-house, part-time and moderately accurate statistician Gem, a third of every movie made in recent times is adapted from a book.  But what makes a good movie adaptation?  Which ones were favourites and which were duds?  (Don’t even mention I Am Legend!)  The babblers also talk about possibly unfilmable books and books that we’d like to see as movies.  Also, can you think of a non-fiction book that got made into a movie?  Whatever it is, it’s probably not the one Gem had in mind.  Oh, and pretty soon the ranting starts on things like remakes and whether they should have been done or not in the first place. 

 

Show Length: 53:46 mins

Links:

 

Notes: Unfortunately, my usually reliable mic seemed to have gone on a vacation and its evil cantankerous twin decided to spit a steady stream of low static on my end of the recording throughout.  I’ve tried to dampen it as much as I can, but enough of it remains that may hamper the enjoyment for some of you.  Sorry about that.  Also, don’t listen to this with small children – language.

 

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Bookbabble Episode 25: Unconventional Storytelling

Dec 28, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 25: Unconventional Storytelling
Recorded 14 Dec 2008
Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny with guest Renee Wallace aka Irene Wilde

Synopsis:

The babblers list books that tell their story in unconventional ways.  Books that either have interesting structures, telling the story out of sequence, using stories within a story, or just simply seem weird, a lot of books got mentioned here.  Are they a crutch, a means to an end, or an integral part of the whole experience?  Irene Wilde joins us again for this show as we weigh in the piles of books.

 

Books mentioned (some of them, anyway):

 

Links:

Show Length: 77.51 mins

 

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Bookbabble Snippet: Frank Sinatra

Dec 28, 2008 by

Bookbabble Snippet: Frank Sinatra
Recorded 14 Dec 2008

Something off topic that we talked about during a short break in the recording of a recent episode.  Irene Wilde talks Frank Sinatra.

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