Bookbabble Episode 26: Remember the time you read…?

Feb 14, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 26: Remember the time you read…?
Recorded 15 Feb 2009

Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:
After a 2 month break, the babblers are back, joined by Renee once again as they catch up on the recent happenings in the book scene.  But first up, the babblers talk about whether they remember the countless books that they have read, whether that’s important in the first place, and what some of us do to make the books stay with us as we journey on in our reading life.  Also, the effects of the current economic climate on readers, Updike’s passing, feedback on Stephen King’s assessment of Stephenie Meyer’s writing, why you shouldn’t be reading Nora Roberts and Bjorn does a funny limerick.

Show Length: 77:52 mins

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Bookbabble Episode 20: Bookbabble Review Show – Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann

Jan 2, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 20: Bookbabble Review Show – Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann

Recorded 2 Oct 2008

Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny

Synopsis:
The babblers finally do a review!  The book in question tells the tale of two pioneering German scientists who meet in the 1820s, and recounts their lives as they journey through the scientific world in vastly different ways.  Listen to hear what the babblers think of the book (which actually is revealed like 5 minutes into the show).  Also, Donny talks about The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Show Length: 47:55 mins

Special Note: Take care if you’re listening to this with small children.  Also, there is a perceivable Skype lag when I attempt to speak to the others towards the end of the show, and that makes me sound weirder than I already do at present.

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Bookbabble Episode 22: Kindles in the Mountains

Jan 1, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 22: Kindles in the Mountains
Recorded 13 Nov 2008
Babblers: Gem, Lars, Donny

Synopsis:

The babblers talk about Michael Crichton’s passing and Oprah’s support for Kindle, and we find out that you can’t run away from the Kindle, even if you live in an ashram.

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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

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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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