Book Narcs Episode 10: Nabokov? No! Youbokov!

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This week we have the incredibly quick, clever, and funny Ben Thornewill on the podcast! He makes up 1/3 of the band Jukebox the Ghost and his duties include vocals, piano, and keyboards. He gives us a taste of his book history, which includes some Russian greats as well as a series that sheds some light on the whole “Jeeves” phenomenon. 

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justincourtneypierre:

Getting ready for Game Of Thrones, House Pierre edition.

True book nerds!

justincourtneypierre:

Getting ready for Game Of Thrones, House Pierre edition.

True book nerds!

Justin Reviews: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I am a terrible person. This book took me two months to read. Even if you were a person who upon reading the written word developed intense migraines that increased exponentially with every turn of the page, it should have taken you no longer than a week (two at the most) to read this book. I apologize to you, my wife, David Sedaris, and the rest of the human race wholeheartedly. With that out of the way, I can now safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book (at least the parts I remember).

That’s the thing though, right? It’s a different experience reading something from start to finish in one fell swoop, with no bathroom breaks or twitter feed refreshes. Like when Netflix releases the entire season of a TV show at once (House Of Cards) and you spend Valentine’s Day Weekend watching that instead of paying attention to the woman who loves you enough to do your laundry (mistake). It’s harder to piece it all together when you have to wait a week in between episodes, or you put the book down for a few days to play The Last Of Us. But I digress… Again.

I have read many David Sedaris books over the years and I have enjoyed them all. Most of the books I have read of his have been collections of short stories (I believe). I discovered him accidentally. My mother or sister (some woman in my family) had one of his books, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and I was intrigued by the title so I read it. What I instantly love (and continue to love) about Sedaris is that he takes you for brief road trips through his life experiences and often times you don’t arrive at the destination you think you were headed for. One minute you are laughing, the next you are in tears. Sometimes he’ll start talking about one thing and jump to an entirely unrelated bit of information (so you think) and you all but forget the whole precursor to the meat of the story until the ending, which ties back to the beginning without being on the nose about it. Other times, as far as I can tell, he’s just free associating from one thing to the next, letting you in on how he travels between reminiscences.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames is a lovely collection of short stories and I enjoyed the hell out of it. My top 3 were as follows: “This Old House,” “That’s Amore,” and “The Smoking Section.”

“This Old House,” is the story of a young David renting a room in a house full of lively and eccentric characters and décor, a place of history, hats, and antique furniture. Over time he comes to realize the place is a dump and the humans are nuts. It’s a wonderful example of how we often fool ourselves into believing what we want things to be rather than how they really are.

“That’s Amore,” is the story of David and his boyfriend moving into an apartment and their horrible 70 year old neighbor Helen. Everything out of Helen’s mouth is abrasive, ridiculous, and offensive, yet David makes it his life’s mission to constantly be in her good graces. He runs errands for her and cooks for her and basically takes a load of shit from her all the time until finally he refuses one day to help her patch up her ceiling. The next day someone finds her on the floor, where she fell off a step stool trying to attempt the task she asked David to perform. Quickly her health deteriorates until she dies. It is heart-breaking. This is really a love story to Helen.

“The Smoking Section,” is the story of David quitting smoking while in Japan. Mostly I liked this story because I am a little familiar with Japan and Japanese culture (obsessed really), and I found a lot of scenarios and things mentioned within to be highly relatable.

I hope you have enjoyed my book review. Again, not so much a book review, but by now hopefully you know what you are going to get with me. So deal with it. Also I highly recommend purchasing David’s audiobooks because his voice adds so much to the telling of his stories. If you’ve listened to This American Life or Fresh Air you’ve probably heard him before. Thanks.

Justin Reviews: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

I am a terrible person. This book took me two months to read. Even if you were a person who upon reading the written word developed intense migraines that increased exponentially with every turn of the page, it should have taken you no longer than a week (two at the most) to read this book. I apologize to you, my wife, David Sedaris, and the rest of the human race wholeheartedly. With that out of the way, I can now safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book (at least the parts I remember).

That’s the thing though, right? It’s a different experience reading something from start to finish in one fell swoop, with no bathroom breaks or twitter feed refreshes. Like when Netflix releases the entire season of a TV show at once (House Of Cards) and you spend Valentine’s Day Weekend watching that instead of paying attention to the woman who loves you enough to do your laundry (mistake). It’s harder to piece it all together when you have to wait a week in between episodes, or you put the book down for a few days to play The Last Of Us. But I digress… Again.

I have read many David Sedaris books over the years and I have enjoyed them all. Most of the books I have read of his have been collections of short stories (I believe). I discovered him accidentally. My mother or sister (some woman in my family) had one of his books, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and I was intrigued by the title so I read it. What I instantly love (and continue to love) about Sedaris is that he takes you for brief road trips through his life experiences and often times you don’t arrive at the destination you think you were headed for. One minute you are laughing, the next you are in tears. Sometimes he’ll start talking about one thing and jump to an entirely unrelated bit of information (so you think) and you all but forget the whole precursor to the meat of the story until the ending, which ties back to the beginning without being on the nose about it. Other times, as far as I can tell, he’s just free associating from one thing to the next, letting you in on how he travels between reminiscences.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames is a lovely collection of short stories and I enjoyed the hell out of it. My top 3 were as follows: “This Old House,” “That’s Amore,” and “The Smoking Section.”

“This Old House,” is the story of a young David renting a room in a house full of lively and eccentric characters and décor, a place of history, hats, and antique furniture. Over time he comes to realize the place is a dump and the humans are nuts. It’s a wonderful example of how we often fool ourselves into believing what we want things to be rather than how they really are.

“That’s Amore,” is the story of David and his boyfriend moving into an apartment and their horrible 70 year old neighbor Helen. Everything out of Helen’s mouth is abrasive, ridiculous, and offensive, yet David makes it his life’s mission to constantly be in her good graces. He runs errands for her and cooks for her and basically takes a load of shit from her all the time until finally he refuses one day to help her patch up her ceiling. The next day someone finds her on the floor, where she fell off a step stool trying to attempt the task she asked David to perform. Quickly her health deteriorates until she dies. It is heart-breaking. This is really a love story to Helen.

“The Smoking Section,” is the story of David quitting smoking while in Japan. Mostly I liked this story because I am a little familiar with Japan and Japanese culture (obsessed really), and I found a lot of scenarios and things mentioned within to be highly relatable.

I hope you have enjoyed my book review. Again, not so much a book review, but by now hopefully you know what you are going to get with me. So deal with it. Also I highly recommend purchasing David’s audiobooks because his voice adds so much to the telling of his stories. If you’ve listened to This American Life or Fresh Air you’ve probably heard him before. Thanks.

Book Narcs Episode 9: History Lessons

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We talk books and history with the wonderful Adam Levy, from the Honeydogs and And The Professors. Adam also teaches song writing and music at McNally Smith College of Music. On this episode, Adam educates us on a variety of his favorite and latest non-fiction finds.

This is also Book Narcs’ debut of our new and improved podcast, we have upped our quality game. Thanks to McNally Smith College of Music for producing our podcast!

Adam’s Links:

https://twitter.com/adamlevyganesha
https://www.facebook.com/adam.levy.184
http://adamlevymusic.wordpress.com

And The Professors’ Link:

http://andtheprofessors.com

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McNally Smith College of Music prepares students for a fulfilling future in music by providing a culture of learning that inspires intellectual, creative, and personal development and that enriches our world through their artistry and leadership.

Realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.
Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.
When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.
I will never give up. Remind yourself of this, we can survive and we will survive.
With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.
Book Narcs Update

Keep your eyes and ears open for something special close to April.

We know we have kept you all waiting—thanks for hanging in there with us!

She’s known sadness, and it has made her kind.
i do not say ‘good-bye.’ i believe that’s one of the bullshittiest words ever invented. it’s not like you’re given the choice to say ‘bad-bye’ or ‘awful-bye’ or ‘couldn’t-care-less-about-you-bye.’ every time you leave, it’s supposed to be a good one. well, i don’t believe in that. i believe against that.
Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.