Episode 8

On Air: The ICPL Podcast

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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