The Tournament of Books is on, and the Jennys are here to talk about it! We also review Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni and play a literary Winter Olympics game. 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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Here are the contents of the podcast if you wish to skip around:
Starting at 1:03 – We discuss our brackets for the Tournament of Books, the first two match-ups, and the Scott McClanahan scandal. Cut from the podcast is some talk about killing Hitler in fiction, inspired by this delightful article, “Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler,” which we invite you to read.
Whiskey Jenny’s bracket:
Gin Jenny’s bracket:
(Note that as of this post, Whiskey Jenny and I are both doing rather badly on our brackets. Coin Toss is killing it.)
Starting at 9:54 - We didn’t like The Golem and the Jinni. We thought it was fine. We could live without it.
Starting at 20:59 – OLYMPICS OF BOOKS. I disagree with some of Randon’s decisions (both in my favor and against me), and I will give interviews saying so in the upcoming weeks, a la Ashley Wagner. (See that? I know Olympics stuff!)
Starting at 53:00 – I give my recommendation for next time. Five years later I’m finally going to read Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap. (Note from the future: What I thought about the book when making this recommendation was almost a hundred percent wrong. I had completely the wrong mental image of this book.)
53:46 – Closing remarks and outro
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.