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Drunk of the Book Club
47 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Ep 48 - - Please Don't Sit
Hayoooo! We're here!!! This epi, we discuss Please Don’t Sit on my Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson. Check out our Patreon! In the episode, we discuss: weird alcohol laws and the liquor store, seeing Phoebe's life grow and evolve through her books, how much we hate U2/Bono yet love Phoebe's love for them, how reliably unreliable we are, the two modes of alpha leader and lazy piece of garbage, inbox zero and all of our email woes, the future generation who mass deletes with no fear, the struggle of meeting Phoebe's goal of matching sets, our cleaning practices at the 2022 point of the COVID pandemic, shoes free households, our very uncomfortable feelings about not loving this book (we're so sorry Phoebe, we love love love you always and forever), and more. Olivia drinks: Bud Light seltzer (strawberry flavored!) Ashley drinks: Sierra Nevada Wild Little Thing Slightly Sour Ale (guava, hibiscus, and strawberry! STRAWBERRY TWINS!) We read: Please Don’t Sit on my Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson Up next: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
67 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Ep 47 - - Friday Black
Ep 47 - - Friday Black by Drunk of the Book Club
67 minutes | Nov 14, 2021
Ep 47 - - Friday Black
Hey cutie drunkards! This epi, we discuss Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Check out our Patreon: www.patreon.com/drunkofthebook! In the episode, we discuss: retail jobs, Plato's Closet, saying the quiet parts aloud, Olivia's love of The Giver, judgey ten-year-olds, books versus movies, the impossibility of feeling empathy for people who do horrible things, evil version of It's a Wonderful Life, more retail reminiscences, Olivia's hatred of Steinbeck's descriptions and Ashley's goal to make her get his writing, and so much more. Olivia drinks: rose from France in a very large bottle Ashley drinks: Little Grove by Allagash We read: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Up next: Please Don't Sit on my Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson
66 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Ep 46 - - Yearbook
Hey beloved wonderful drunkards! We're back this week discussing Yearbook by Seth Rogan. We discuss: Blake Shelton (who maybe owns People?!), Lenny Kravitz, Ashley's obsession with Jason Segel, our confidence that when we meet famous people we'll either become best friends or lovers, Olivia's brush with reality television fame, Rogan's bold truth-telling, how much we enjoy the cover design, complicated feelings about Kanye, Olivia's dust jacket hacks, male celebrity crushes, and soooo much more. ALSO we finally have a Patreon! Check us out and subscribe if you'd like over at patreon.com/drunkofthebook :) Ashley drinks: Things for your Head Pina Colada hard seltzer Olivia drinks: Quirk Cherry Blossom & Lime hard seltzer We read: Yearbook by Seth Rogan Up next: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
54 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Ep 45 - - Crying In H Mart
What's up, drunkers? This epi, we discuss Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner! Content warning: death, grieving. We discuss: Japanese Breakfast obvi, Olivia's forever password, Zauner's genuinely strong writing, how tough it was to read her story because she did such a powerful job of bringing the reader along in her processing, feeling personally attacked as teens of the early two-thousands, understanding Kay's grief as the friend and caregiver, a possible queer read?, the nebulous space being between two cultures, identity crises, Olivia tries to roll her rs, and so much more. We read: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner Up next: Yearbook by Seth Rogen Olivia drinks: Tequila + Juice + Sport Drink Ashley drinks: Gin & Tonic
74 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Ep 44 - - Shrill
Hello beloved drunkers! This week, we discuss Shrill by Lindy West! Content warning: rape. We discuss: West's episodes of This American Life, why Olivia didn't like this book, Ashley reading this book like a reverse audiobook, cult leader daddies, how we've shifted as a society between 2016 and 2021, our future children Mountonious and Mountcliff, twinning and elderly bullies, $40 jeans, the American Girl Bodies book left on our beds to explain puberty, period stories, the distress of Leos having their 2020 birthdays, Shrill the book versus Shrill the show, and so much more. We read: Shrill by Lindy West Up next: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner Olivia drinks: Rose of the pinot noir variety Ashley drinks: some beer
43 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Ep 43 - - Difficult Women
What up, drunkers?? This epi, we discuss Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. Trigger warning rape, sexual assault, abuse, miscarriage, violence, death. We discuss: the fact that we both didn't realize the stories were fiction at first, the difficulty of the intensity in these stories, Olivia's love of Omaha, Tumblr-era flash fiction of the 2010s, repetition of themes, fears of boats and love and how Gay articulates emotions, fluency in "bad priest" sexiness, things we wrote in college, MFA-program styles of writing, "I am a knife!", Real Housewives costumes, and more. We read: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay Up next: Shrill by Lindy West Olivia drinks: Merlot by Bogle Ashley drinks: Estrella Jalisco cerveza
56 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Ep 42 - - Mexican Gothic - 4:26:21, 6.22 PM
Hi, friends! This episode, we discuss Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia! PS Spoiler alert... we do discuss some mysteries that are revealed within the story. We discuss: The Yellow Wallpaper and gothic themes, Olivia's on-point predictions and creepy dreams after reading, the many big themes in this book (medical world vs. folk healing, distrust of women, racism, classism, eugenics & incest-- yikes), comparisons with Allende's The House of the Spirits, a few unclosed loops, the benefits of ebooks versus physical books, Ashley's little taste of the awkwardness of online dating, the new 3.5% White Claws (spoiler alert, that's def not worth anything), Lindsay Lohan throwing us all under the bus with her kombucha excuse, Ashley's long lost Pom glasses, Olivia's chopstick life (someone, please send this woman a fork), and, um, incest?? Also, drunkers, we have some asks. Message us on social media @drunkofthebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback: 1. Should we do a rating system? 2. Would you sign up if we did a Patreon doing goofy, weird shit on it? 3. Please review us! Our review game is sad :( 4. Let us know if you want to guest on our podcast! We read: Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia Up next: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay Olivia drinks: Black Cherry White Claw Ashley drinks: Bubble Bath Hard Smoothie (Pina Colada flavor!) by Alvarado Street Brewery
49 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Ep 41 - - Cemetery Boys
Hey frieeeends! This episode, we're talking about Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Spoiler alerts in this episode! Just a heads up to read the book before listening if you're worried about spoilers :) We discuss: hard-to-buy mugs, Olivia's oversharing at her new local coffee shop/bar, Olivia's new love for YA thanks to this book (and the seed for why Olivia hates YA in the first place), complex characters and our interest in more books in this universe, and so much mooooore. We read: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Up next: Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia Olivia drinks: Brooklyn Cider House Rose Cider Ashley drinks: a fruity, floral tea in a mug by @MadeByAnisa
62 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Ep 40 - - I Might Regret This
Hey drunkers! So excited to be back discussing I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson. Content warning: there is some talk of bodies and diets.
49 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Ep 39- Dear Girls
Welcome back, dear drunkers! We can't wait for you to hear our mess of a new theme song as well as this episode on Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong. We discuss: the difficulty of reading during 2020, Uncle Andrew, how hilariously nasty Ali Wong is (in a good way), how much grosser girls are than guys, complaints about how much women have to put into appearance and then people complain about them taking too long, the benefits of working from home, how hard it will be to go back to work/school, reflections on this podcast over time, regrets about not going abroad in college, student loan woes, (of course) how funny Ali Wong is, and SO MUCH MORE. We read: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong Up next: I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson Olivia drinks: Rose Bae rose Ashley drinks: a very old viognier
58 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Ep 38- Big Friendship
We’re still in a pandemic! But we figured why not get back to reading alongside the existential dread. Welcome to Episode 38, drunker. We read Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. We discuss: our delicious drinks and why we can’t even handle them anymore, “Ad Friedman,” friend pressures and “the stretch,” changing trends in friendship, “shine theory” drama, our investment in Ann and Aminatou’s friend struggles, eating dip, Ashley’s penchant for napping, and more as we just generally get back into the groove of podcasting! We read: Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman Up next: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong Olivia drinks: sauvignon blanc Ashley drinks: sparkling egg nog w/ rum & (really old) sprinkles Music by our pal Matt Costa!
44 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Ep 37- The Haunting of Hill House
Hey, you wondrous human being! Welcome to episode 37! We read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. We discuss: leftover wine (what to do with a whole box of old wine? suggestions welcome); Olivia's blurb-writing skills, Ashley's story of Shirley Jackson; the uneasy, scary tone of the book (it is a successful scary story even if it doesn't seem like it at first!); the very blatantly obvious themes of queerness in this book; how Jackson plays with horror tropes; questions we still have about some of the characters; and how we are technology mavens! We read: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Up next: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami Olivia drinks: leftover party wine Ashley drinks: gin & tonic Music by our pal Matt Costa!
40 minutes | Dec 24, 2019
Ep 36- Her Body and Other Parties
Hello, sweeties! Welcome back to Episode 36. We read Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. We discuss: Goodreads reading challenges, the ridiculously high prices of audio books, actually paying for music and movies, changing the speed of podcast playback, how druuuunk we sound if you slow down our podcast to 1/2 speed (please try-- enjoy), the interview Ashley heard of Carmen Maria Machado (Call Your Girlfriend episode titled "Winter Books"), the tone of sadness that colored a lot of the stories, the richness of the short story "The Husband Stitch" (we're pretty sure it must be on a Mills College syllabus right now), our lack of Law & Order SVU background knowledge, how "The Inventory" shifted in a really interesting way, Ashley's love of "The Resident" for its old-school ghost story vibe, the ambiguity of the time periods in the stories that made them feel like modern fairy tales, comparison's to Helen Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird and Kelly Link's Get in Trouble, Micheline Marcom's philosophy of relating to authors as our mentors, how we both felt inspired to write after reading, and so much more. We leave you with this: "I think it's high time for the short story to come back!" We read: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado Up next: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Olivia drinks: sauvignon blanc Ashley drinks: Kyla hard kombucha (4.5% y'all!) Music by our pal Matt Costa!
45 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Ep 35- Text Me When You Get Home
Hi QTs! Welcome to Episode 35! We read Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer. We discuss: how women are, indeed, capable of having friendships; tears, blood, cervical mucus, uterine linings; the word moist; Skype's banning of Ashley; the slightly repetitiveness of including so much Parks and Rec info in the book; the fact that it's slightly less thrilling than Helter Skelter; Olivias hatred of Girls; the myth of the "cool girl;" how we know noooothing about sororities; reflections on our own friendships; and sooo much more. We read: Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer Up next: All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister Olivia drinks: a Red Blend from the Corner Market (don't ask questions) Ashley drinks: an Ultimate Margarita (thanks Peppers!) Music by our pal Matt Costa!
32 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Ep 34- Between The World and Me
OMG we're back. No, seriously, we are. On this episode, we discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In this episode: we think this is a book all white Americans should read, how engaging the book is, the epistemological form, how his description of parenting resonated for us (two non-parents, lol), how its a privilege for white people to avoid reading this because of fear of how intense it may be, the concept of whiteness (check out the podcast Scene On Radio's series Seeing White for more on that topic), and how it's time to bump Romeo and Juliet for Between the World and Me on required reading lists. ENJOY, drunkers! We read: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Up next: Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer Olivia drinks: a chardonnay from a former employee Ashley drinks: a sour margarita that is no longer sour
38 minutes | Jul 29, 2018
Ep 33- An American Marriage
Hey QTs! This month's episode is on the wonderful An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Have you read it yet? If not, what are you waiting for??? In this episode, we discuss: the fact that we didn't take any notes because we were too busy reading and loving this book, crying in public about books, family bonds, predicting and peeking at the end of books, what is marriage and what makes a good one?, idealized representations of romance, people viewed as archetypes, and how realistic is a store for dolls that cost hundreds of dollars? (oh wait, American Girl dolls are a thing...). Olivia drinks: a huge bottle of Malbec rose (with an adorbs love story attached) Ashley drinks: sauvignon blanc We read: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Up next: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Music by our pal Matt Costa!
33 minutes | Apr 29, 2018
Ep 32- My Brilliant Friend
Hey drunkers! We're back with this month's episode! This time, we read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante... only like six years after everybody else went wild for it. We're finally jumping on the bandwagon, just for you. In this episode, we discuss: juggling the many characters of this book, the abrupt ending that left us with no closure, confusing character motivations, untrustworthy narratives, bad book covers, jealousy mixed with love, and how (through the course of this conversation) we realized that we now want to read the rest of the novels in this series. It's wild, y'all. Olivia drinks: wine of some sort Ashley drinks: a gin and tonic, what the hell else? We read: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante Up next: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Music by: Matt Costa!
48 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
Ep 31-The H Spot
Oh my MOTHERFRICKING GOOOOD y'all, it's been forever a day, but we are bacccckkkkk! This episode, we're discussing The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic. We discuss: the need to fight for happiness (in addition to equality), the power of female friendships, our opinions about women changing their names when they marry (spoiler alert, we totally don't get why people do it), early-2000s fashions (which to keep and which to ditch), disturbing sexual expectations in our culture, when to back the fuck off, the Aziz Ansari article, and so much more. Enjoy, babes! Olivia drinks: 2013 Red Blend by Prophecy (with the really pretty label) Ashley drinks: a gin and tonic (what the hell else?) We read: The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic Up next: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante Music by: Matt Costa!
34 minutes | Aug 13, 2017
Ep 30- Hunger
Hello, lovelies! We're back with an episode about Hunger by Roxane Gay. Y'all, it is SUCH a great read. We discussed: how fantastically crafted and poetic this work is, how relatable and authentic it is, the desire to MAKE everybody read this book (required reading, folks), the complexities of being fat that Gay explores and talks about so genuinely, UGH AND SO MUCH MOREEEEE. PLUS an update on our real reaction to Evan's book suggestion. We drag him for a bit. Olivia drinks: coffee w/ heavy whipping cream Ashley drinks: the same thang We read: Hunger by Roxane Gay Up next: The H-Spot by Jill Filipovic Music by: Matt Costa!
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