Book Club for Masochists: a Readers’ Advisory Podcast
About This Show
A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate!
Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 051 - Essay Collections
6 days ago
In this 80 minute episode we talk about Essay Collections! We get into some deep topics this time, talking about precarity, race relations, and cultural differences between Canada and the USA. We also wonder if it’s possible to find books about feminism that blow your mind when you’re already familiar with the idea. Plus! The three kinds of CanLit and knowing what a zine isn’t. You can download the podcast directly, find it on Libsyn, or get it through iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or your favourite podcast delivery system. In this episode Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Books We Read This Month My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on The Decision Not To Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The TED Talk version Beyoncé - ***Flawless ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents by Ellen Ullman Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past by Christopher Byrne This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race by Naben Ruthnum Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit The original essay Browse: The World in Bookshops edited by Henry Hitchings Other Media and Authors We Mention Hark! RJ’s holiday music podcast Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis Mary Roach The New Kings of Nonfiction In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction David Sedaris So Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed Joe Sacco Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers The Secret Loves of Geek Girls Dave Barry Chuck Klosterman Why I am no Longer Talking to White People About Race (Meghan is talking about this book when she mentions the British conservative politician who thinks people should just get better jobs instead of more affordable housing) Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit Bear by Marian Engel Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber Best American Science and Nature Writing Series The State of Play: Creators and Critics on Video Game Culture Rise of the Videogame Zinesters by Anna Anthropy Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn Links, Articles, and Things Book Riot Insiders Forum Hogan's Alley, Vancouver “Hogan's Alley was the first and last neighbourhood in Vancouver with a substantial concentrated black population.” What Is CanLit? by Douglas Coupland “CanLit is when the Canadian government pays you money to write about life in small towns and/or the immigration experience. If the book is written in French, urban life is permitted, but only from a nonbourgeois viewpoint.” Questions What’s the difference between essays and chapters? Is a blog post an essay? How long can an essay be? Is long form journalism an essay? Is a journal issue an essay collection? Do you like it when authors use personal and self-reflective frameworks as part of the essay format? Are you attending ALA in New Orleans? Want to be on this podcast? Get in touch! Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts, follow us on Twitter, join our Facebook Group, or send us an email! Join us again on Tuesday, May 1st when we’ll talk about Separating the Art from the Artist! Then come back on Tuesday, May 15th when we’ll be talking about Comedic/Humourous Science Fiction and Fantasy.