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Books that make you look smart, and short books to help you fulfill your resolution to read more books this year.
First up, what we're reading/watching/listening to:

  • 00:47 Melody finished Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series and is on to her Alpha and Omega books
  • 02:26 Brian is reading Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series
  • 04:18 Jason is reading Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Emma Rios. He's also enjoying music from Father John Misty who will be at Mission Creek this spring.
  • 07:46 Bond likes My True Love Gave to Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins and Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar
Books that Make You Look Smart
  • 10:54 Melody suggests Nabokov among other Russian authors. She also suggests Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and Sonnets to Orpheus by Roca, among other poets.
  • 20:03 Brian brings up Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty as an example of a book we think people check out but don't actually read, and talks literary fiction mentioning Nicole Krauss's History of Love
  • 25:05 Jason talks poetry and adds Nikolai Gogol as a Russian author making a comeback, plus The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • 29:22 Bond mentions a bunch of filmmakers if you're looking to get started in Cinema with a capital C, and suggests Kubrick and Malick as more approachable jumping off points.
Short books to help you fulfill your resolution to read more this year
35:10 Jason suggests 4 short novels to get you started on a year of reading
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
  • We the Animals by Justin Torres


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