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F***bois of Literature Book Podcast
28 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
47: The Nutcracker - Lauren Emily Whalen
CW: Injury, menstruation, some intimated underage sex, it’s weird. Is THE NUTCRACKER a ballet? Yes. Is it also a novella by ETA Hoffmann? Yes. It’s a Christmas miracle that Lauren Emily Whalen (@laurenemilywri, laurenemilywrites.com) is here to discuss all the different ways we can have a sexual awakening to small kitchen appliances! Buy Lauren's books! Be A Patron: Patreon.com/fuckboisoflit Link to ETA Hoffmann texts: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/2008 Link to The Hard Nut Part 1 // Part 2 Link to Boston Ballet Trepak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgyliXHF9j8 // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-qVbWl5TYg Trailer of the Dutch National Ballet Nutcracker: https://youtu.be/V3RoTxIuhvU Trepak from So You Think You Can Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo4tyxXymgc Russian/Cossak Dancing: https://youtu.be/O7MYUP_rGWE More Trepak/Hopak/Gopak dancing: https://youtu.be/WBrmIKf_PEM
11 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
46: Creepy Christmas
CW: Lots of Child Abuse While American Christmas is here to tell you that scampering elves are magical and not malicious, cultures around the globe have Winter Solstice traditions that are a bit more fitting for the time of year when daylight hours are near non-existent and the darkness seems never ending. These traditions often involve violence and goats and sex and fertility and all sorts of stuff that gets right to the heart of the emotionally charged, shortened days of winter: Darkness is scary, and sometimes, all we can do is wait it out. And hope that it comes with cake. Become a patron: Patreon.com/fuckboisoflit
27 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
45: The Hogfather - Sara and Lilly of Fiction Fans
CW: None? I think? Maybe hunting humans for sport. Sara and Lilly of Fiction Fans (@fictionfanspod) are here to be my guide into Terry Pratchett's Discworld, with THE HOGFATHER. We talk about death and murder and Christmas and darkness and it is so lovely! Be a patron: patreon.com/fuckboisoflit
32 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
44: Among The Thugs - Jonathan Ade
CW: Deep violence, sexual violence, domestic violence, crowds + mobs, police violence, racism, body-shaming, self harm BECOME A PATRON: PATREON.COM/FUCKBOISOFLIT Our friend Jonathan Ade (@JonoKino) from our previous episodes on FRANNY & ZOOEY and LES MISERABLES is here to discuss a non-fiction novel of violence and tribalism and masculinity: AMONG THE THUGS by Bill Buford. SUMMARY: An American in England, Bill Buford witnesses a train full of soccer hooligans erupt in violence. This leads him down an 8 year research project of discovering the root of violent hooliganism, as he tests his theories of what causes mass violence and crowd behavior.
29 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
43: John Cheever - Andrew Rostan
CW: Substance abuse, conversion therapy, mid-century queerness, incest John Cheever is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who is the master of the American short story. My guest, Andrew Rostan (@AndrewRostan) and I fully believe Cheever should be taught more in American schools, especially through the lens of the evolution of queer writers. BECOME A PATRON: patreon.com/fuckboisoflit Buy Andrew’s Books: Form of A Question An Elegy for Amelia Johnson
22 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
42: William Faulkner - Dr. Daniel Kasper
CW: Transgender Identities, Homophobia, Racism, Suicide & Self-Harm, Slavery William Faulkner is part of the Big American Triad of writers: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. Why is that? Especially when he never considered America past the lines of the fictional Yoknapatawpha. Dr. Daniel Kasper, professor at UT Arlington, discusses the transitive definition of whiteness, the inherit nature of WASPishness, plus Quinten Compson and the sex no one is having. Click here to spread the word about FBOL: https://ctt.ac/cRa0T Find Dr. Kasper's work here: Various Shirley Jackson: A Companion
22 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
41: The Crucible - Lillah Lawson
CW: Abuse, murder, capital punishment, pregnancy and infant loss Want the whole episode? Become a patron! http://www.patreon.com/fuckboisoflit Author and history student Lillah Lawson (@LillahLawson, linktree) is here to discuss Arthur Miller's 1953 play about communism and HUAAC, THE CRUCIBLE. Based on the real events of 1692, Miller adjusted the facts of history to fit his narrative and create one of the more interesting commodifications of American hysteria in art.
27 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
40: Ready Player One - Thom Dunn
CW: GamerGate, Jordan Petersen/Toxic Atheism, Fatphobia, Racism, Toxic Masculinity, Neurodivergence They had time to unpack all of it, but they didn't. Today, guest Thom Dunn (@ThomDunn, https://linktr.ee/thomdunn) discusses Ernest Cline's READY PLAYER ONE, which has helped define Geek culture and absolutely for the worse. With no desire to dissect the world he's creating and asking the ultimate "why?", RPO takes a great storyline about governments, tech, and surveillance and does nothing with it. Read more about Wendy Carlos: http://www.wendycarlos.com/ SUMMARY Wade, codename Parzifal, lives in the OASIS, an immersive VR world, trying to solve puzzles to inherit the OASIS creator's fortune. His two best friends, Aiche and Art3mis, help him on his quest to defeat the militaristic IOI organization's quest to destroy the virtual world .
32 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
39: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. - Kerri Kearse
CW: Emotional abuse, Explicit sexual language, Antisemitism, Racism We've had multiple requests to do this book, and I was so excited Kerri Kearse (@_iamlivingcolor) offered to cover it with us! The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is a 2013 novel by Adelle Waldman that covers the dating life of Nathaniel Piven in earl 2000s New York City. TL; DL: he's awful! SUMMARY Nate attends a party at his ex-girlfriend Elisa's apartment and meets Hannah. He and Hannah date and delve into a relationship of envy, false expectations, and status rivalries. Also, he's a sexist jerk.
21 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
38: The Talented Mr. Ripley - Danny Bowes
Link to a review of a biography of Patricia Highsmith: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/highsmith-was-a-troll-on-richard-bradfords-devils-lusts-and-strange-desires/ As it turns out, Patricia Highsmith was another one of those common birds, a midcentury writer of the antisemite variety, whose advanced-level bigotries really don’t come come up in the same breath as the praises heaped upon her, and they should. She was shitty. But THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY is a fantastic novel, colored by Highsmith's own hatreds, and her ultimate goals. Follow our guest Danny Bowes on Twitter @ByBowes SUMMARY Tom Ripley is hounded by a rich Richard Greenleaf Sr. to go to Italy and retrieve his son, Dickie Greenleaf, and bring him back to America for his mother's impending death. Once Tom finds Dickie, he murders the heir and takes on his identity, while avoiding capture in post-WWII Italy.
15 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
37: Ethan Frome - Taverlee Jaye
CW: Suicide, depression, age-inappropriate reatlionships ETHAN FROME is a weird-ass book. It’s shorter than JUDE THE OBSCURE, so that’s very nice. It’s nominally less bleak, but that’s just because it doesn’t involve child murderers. But it is bleak, it is creepy, it is foreboding and as we’ll discuss in the episode, we feel justified including it in our Spooky Season programming. Find Tav on Twitter at @TaverleeJaye and Instagram Love FBOL? Review us on iTunes! bit.ly/FBoLiT REALLY Love FBOL? Become a patron: patreon.com/fuckboisoflit
25 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
BONUS - Charlie + The Chocolate Factory
CONTENT WARNING: RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, GENOCIDE, RACISM I did an entire series for Patreon on Roald Dahl. The final installment was an episode on CHARLIE + THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, which feels prescient to the discussion of the upcoming movie starring Timothee Chalamet. My patrons generously gave permission to make the audio public. Read along with the transcript here. IF YOU LIKE THIS EPISODE: BECOME A PATRON AT PATREON.COM/FUCKBOISOFLIT
21 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
36: Michelle Remembers - Emmet Cameron of Believe Me Now
It's time to do the Satanic Panic! What I thought was a uniquely American Christian thing turns out to have some gnarly roots in Canada. Emmet joins me in a multi-part series to discuss MICHELLE REMEMBERS: the threat of colonialism, the trauma of miscarriages, and the lurking specter of creepy Catholic psychologists. Support Emmet on Patreon! Follow Emmet on Twitter: Believe Me Now and Emmet's Personal Twitter
100 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Fuck Around + Find Out - Ratchet Book Club
Just as I say in the intro, I chatted with Derik of Ratchet Book Club just for fun. If you're looking for a way to hang out with some people, this is a fun episode of 20 questions. Check out all of Derik's projects: https://linktr.ee/RatchetBooks
17 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
35: The World According to Garp - Malavika Praseed of YOUR FAVORITE BOOK
CW: Rape, self-mutilation, adultery, racism, transphobia This week, Malavika joins us to discuss some 1970s wackiness with John Irving's most famous novel, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP. It's a book about feminism. Sort of. Follow Malavika's show: Subscribe here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/your-favorite-book/id1527050387 Twitter: https://twitter.com/yfbpodcast PROMOS: Find TICKLISH BUSINESS on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TicklishBiz/ Find ENTS AND SENSIBILITY here: https://entsandsensibility.com/ Find SAVE ME FROM MY SHELF here: https://www.savemefrommyshelf.com/ Summary Jenny Fields is the daughter of a well-to-do New England family who wants to become a mother, but never a wife. After becoming a nurse during WWII, she rapes a dying man and gives birth to a son, whom she names after the man who fathered him– Technical Sergeant Garp. T.S. Garp is raised at an all-boys boarding school my his controlling mother, becomes a champion wrestler, marries the coach's daughter, Helen, and goes on to become a writer, in the footsteps of his mother, who penned a best-selling feminist treatise. Garp's sexual affairs and impolitic demeanor leads to the early demise of several characters.
12 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
34: Love's Labour's Lost - Lauren Emily Whalen
Lauren Emily Whalen (@LaurenEmilyWri) joins us this week to discuss the Shakespearean sex farce LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. Everyone loves a strong, saucy lady PLUS at least two scenes of masks! What's not to love about this play? Listen to the full hour-long episode on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/fuckboisoflit Order Lauren’s book based on THE WINTER’S TALE now! Two Winters (physical copies): https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781636790190 Two Winters (digital copies): https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/books/two-winters-by-lauren-emily-whalen-3581-b Follow FBOL: Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fuckboisoflit Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/fuckboisoflit
7 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
33: The X-Men: Wolverine - Andy Michaels
We’ve long maintained that Graphic Novels and comics **are** literature, so it should come as no surprise that we’re discussing this guy today. He’s one of the most successful ONSCREEN comic book translations we’ve ever seen. He has everything-- pathos, motive, historical context, and pecs that just won’t quit. What else could we ask for? Follow Andy on Twitter: @StopThatAndy and/or @AtomicGhost85 Listen to the whole episode on Patreon: Patreon.com/fuckboisoflit Click for our original episode on Cyclops & Professor X Here's a link to a video of a Wolverine (actual weasel) scritching his butt on some cinnamon, because why not. https://fb.watch/80EDmcZlob/
43 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
ARCHIVE - The X-Men: Cyclops + Prof. X - Andy Michaels, Thom Dunn
From the archive: Technically one of our first episodes EVER, Andy Michaels (@StopThatAndy/@AtomicGhost85) and Thom Dunn (@thomdunn) joined us to discuss the various Fuckbois of Graphic Novels in the classic series THE X-MEN. Andy will be back this week to discuss Wolverine, and Thom will be back later this season to discuss READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. For full episodes, be a patron: patreon.com/fuckboisoflit
18 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
32: Tender is the Night - David Avallone
CW: sexual assault, incest, trauma, abusive relationships, homophobia GET THE FULL EPISODE: PATREON.COM/FUCKBOISOFLIT If you hate the modernists as much as I do, you'll want to click away. But don't! This is one of the first books in which we can watch a real-life fuckboi of literature grapple with the way he has hurt and continues to hurt the people in his life. WIth the glitz, glamour, and shine of Hollywood and the French Riviera, Dick Diver– the stand-in for F. Scott Fitzgerald– comes to terms with the way he hurts himself and others. A brilliant read and better conversation with David Avallone. Check out David's work at davidavallonefreelance.com or follow on Twitter at @DAvallone Link to the ¡Hola Papí! column by JP Brammer on being ghosted: https://holapapi.substack.com/p/i-got-ghosted-big-time
15 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
31: Slaughterhouse-Five - Rob Walker
My guest, Rob Walker (@timidwerewolf) gets into a discussion of hope and beauty while discussing the PTSD manifesto from Kurt Vonnegut. CW: Fat-shaming, torture, murder, war, PTSD SUMMARY Billy Pilgrim is an optometrist from Ilium, New York who is living with the memories of his time as a POW from World War II. This manifests as a consciousness that has become "unstuck in time," so that his brain will travel to all future and past memories at random.
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