Bookbabble Episode 57: 2009′s Great and Not So Great Reads

Dec 24, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 57: 2009′s Great and Not So Great Reads

Recorded 14 Dec 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Marcel, Donny

Synopsis:

The group discusses their best reads of the year, plus some not-so-great reads as well.  Also, what books best defined the past decade, given all that has happened in the past 10 years?  Plus, Renee treats us to a wonderful rendition of bad sex prose, courtesy of this year’s winner of Literary Review’s 2009 bad sex in fiction award.

Show Length: 1:41:42 mins

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Bookbabble Episode 43: Bookbabble Review Show – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Aug 29, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 43: Bookbabble Review Show – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Recorded 17 Aug 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Gem, Marcel, Donny

Synopsis:   
The babblers talk about Thomas Pynchon’s eagerly awaited  new novel, Inherent Vice.  Let the gushing commence!

 

Show Length: 2:00:37 mins (!)

 

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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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