Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.6: Books as Objects and Night Film

This week we’re here to talk about the thingness of books–why we like physical books, why we buy ebooks, and BOOKS IN BOXES (well, that part is mostly me), review Marisha Pessl’s wonderful new book Night Film (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository), and play a game of guessing where movies came from. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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If you want to skip around, here are the contents of the podcast:

Starting at 1:06 – Polar explorer update. You can read articles about Felicity Aston, first woman to cross Antarctica alone, here and here and here.

Starting at 4:51 – Physical books and why we love them! If you haven’t heard of the Folio Society you can check out their beautiful books here. You can also look at Coralie Bickford-Smith’s cover designs at her website, inspect the new Harry Potter covers here, and see the index card editions of “Pale Fire” here.

Starting at 18:15 – WE REVIEW NIGHT FILM. I’m putting that in all caps because of how excited Whiskey Jenny was to talk about this book.

Starting at 26:24 – Whiskey Jenny says “Spoiler alert”, but then she and I turned out to have completely different takes on what we thought the book concluded about Cordova and his ways. We do say some spoilers about things that get brought up about Ashley, but we are evidently incapable of spoiling the final end of the book as we have opposite takes on what it all meant.

Starting at 30:28 – We play a gaaaaaaaame. Please don’t think we’re dumb. It’s harder when you’re under pressure and also we had never heard of some of these.

Starting at 41:14 – I recommend our book for next time, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, with a completely non-spoilery synopsis and then with a more interesting synopsis that spoils something the book doesn’t tell you until a third of the way through (but the book is much more appealing if you know this one thing about it; and anyway the cover kind of gives it away anyway). I am linking to a RadioLab story that relates to the halfway-through spoiler for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, so don’t click through if you don’t want to know the thing.

45:03 – Closing remarks and outro

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Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.
The above links to books we’ve discussed are affiliate links. If you click on them and then buy a book from that website, I get a very small amount of money. This in no way influences my reviews.

  • Captain Hammer

    I haven’t read Night Film (though this podcast really makes me want to), but I want to believe in the Black Magic option. It just sounds like it makes the story more awesome. Black Magic often improves a narrative.

  • Stopped listening before the spoilers on Night Film. Going with Black Magic. Considering inviting Captain Hammer over for barbecue and evil spells.

  • I love that you talked about physical books and Night Film together because I thought Night Film was a truly gorgeous specimen of a book. I am so glad I bought a physical copy because it is just so nice.

  • I thought that the black magic (and other stuff) is all about the stories that we tell ourselves to make reality endurable. And how sometimes those stories take on a reality of their own: They BECOME real because people’s deep need for them MAKE them real. So it’s both deniable and real..IN A WAY.

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  • I would have totally kicked BOTH your butts at that game! (What’s that game called btw?) Ha! Also, I love how much you love books in boxes. I too am fond of box sets, though I’m not fanatical about having matching editions for an authors books.