6. Newfoundland Portfolio / Convenience Store Woman.

Michael thinks about history and community through reading Newfoundland Portfolio, a collection of obituaries by J.M. Sullivan, while Emily considers the abnormality of the hypernormal and different ways of being happy in Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman. They talk about Newfoundland, independent bookstores, summer reading, the service industry, and problematic attitudes toward low-prestige jobs.

Show Notes.

Newfoundland Portfolio: A History in Portraits by J.M. Sullivan.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.

Lanier Phillips, the African-American sailor who was rescued from a shipwreck by Newfoundlanders in the 1940s.

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