Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.13b: New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy, happy New Year! In today’s abbreviated podcast, Whiskey Jenny and I talk about our podcast reading statistics for the year, our personal New Year’s resolutions, and the New Year’s resolutions we would like to see the publishing industry adopt. 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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Below is a beautiful chart created by Whiskey Jenny and her doting family, to track our reading statistics. You can see we read way too many books by white American ladies.

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Producer: Captain Hammer
Photograph by the lovely Annalee
Special New Year’s outro song comes from here.

  • I love getting a picture of my year in charts and I think no matter what the ratios, if I had a good reading year, any kind of skewed charts is welcome! Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

  • Happy, happy New Year, dear Jenny! I love the charts (especially the colouring in) and send all my warmest fuzziest wishes for a fantastic reading year in 2014! xx

  • Play: Goodnight, Desdemona, Goodmorning, Juliet by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
    Short Stories by Lynn Coady, Heather Birrell, Jessica Westhead, Rebecca Rosenblum, Carolyn Black.

  • I keep thinking of more! The authors in the comment above are all young, urban Canadian writers, as are Carrie Snyder and Alix Ohlin. Alistair MacLeod as two collections of short stories, and not a word out of place in any of them. His son Alexander MacLeod is also wonderful. Mavis Gallant, especially the Linnet Muir stories, is a writer like Donna Tartt, whose books move into you and camp there for a while.

  • I had so many ideas for things I thought you should read while I was listening to the podcast, but I can’t seem to remember them now. Sigh. The hazards of a short attention span. I will say that for a non-fiction/epidemiology book, you can’t go wrong with Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On. It’s a classic. I was riveted when I first read it years ago. My favorite play outside Shakespeare is Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia — might be a nice companion piece with Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel The Signature of All Things (which I’ve just started, so I can’t offer commentary as yet) — some similar themes. Short Stories; John Cheever and Alice Munro. For the latter, I really liked Runaway, but maybe just because it was my first encounter with her work. I also would suggest Elizabeth Crane’s books of linked short stories, although I can never remember which of them I like best. One of them is called When The Messenger is Hot. I think All This Heavenly Glory was my favorite. I liked her novel too, but it’s not as good. And she doesn’t help your demographic — another white lady.

    • Gin Jenny

      1. I love Randy Shilts’s And the Band Played On. It is the reason I got interested in epidemiology. Also, Randy Shilts is a badass and did not ascertain his HIV status until after he finished writing the book, because he didn’t want it to prejudice his writing. (He had HIV. Then AIDS. Then he died. It makes me really sad to contemplate the further books he could have written.) He was wrong about Patient Zero, but only because his perfectly reliable sources were, in this case, wrong.

      2. GUESS WHAT. The Pearl Theater is doing Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead in repertory. You should go to that very fast, because it’s only going to be around for a couple of weeks in January and early February. Please go and tell me how it is. I am furious that it is happening right after I left New York. (Argh.)

      3. Good recommendations for stories! I will tell Whiskey Jenny.