2. The Penelopiad / Circe / The Lonesome Bodybuilder.

Emily found Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad to be a missed opportunity, especially when compared to Madeline Miller’s Circe, while Michael was delighted by Yukiko Motoya’s unsettling and strange short stories in The Lonesome Bodybuilder. They talk about the characters on the margins of great stories, what book to bring to the hospital, adaptating the classics, and what to do with novellas. Emily’s new baby (hooray!) makes a brief cameo.

Show Notes.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

Circe by Madeline Miller.

The Lonesome Bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.

Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Middlemarch by George Eliot.

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1. How to Be Famous / Chrono Trigger.

Emily found Caitlin Moran’s How to Be Famous to be both hilarious and politically necessary. Michael went on a 16-bit nostalgia binge with Michael P. Williams’s Chrono Trigger. They talk about bad sex in the #metoo era, the art of translation, persistence in the face of catastrophe, and burning out on reading.

Show Notes.

How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran.

Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams.

Persuasion by Jane Austen.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

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0. Coming Soon.

Dear Reader is a podcast by two old friends. When they were young, Emily and Michael were total bookworms who bonded over a love of literature. Now, two babies and an abandoned PhD later, both of them find it sometimes difficult to get into reading the way they used to. Every episode, Emily and Michael will catch up with each other by asking: read anything interesting lately?

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