That time of year.
October is newly upon us, and it's already shaping up to be a busy time in and around the shop. Believe it or not, we're going to start getting our holiday shipments in very soon, and over in the academic half of FtFP Land, I find myself absolutely mired in the grading process because it's midterm season. The good news is that my students' first papers look very good so far. I've just got to, y'know, grade another 30 of them tomorrow and then start on the exams in my other class. And write a prospectus and two conference papers. It's fine.
This week on the podcast, Annie and I talked about what it's like to be, well, us. Spoiler: it involves a lot of cleaning other people's bathroom messes. In case you had any illusions about this glamorous indie bookstore lifestyle. You can listen here.
Chris's Media Log
Heavyweight is back! Or... it will be soon. One of my absolute favorite podcasts is starting its second season at the end of the month, and they've released a pre-season episode that acts as a follow-up to one of last season's highlights. My reading was mostly relegated to what I needed to prepare for class, but I had the pleasure of reading Alison Bechdel again and the opportunity to go through Beowulf for the fiftieth time. Both are gorgeous and intricately wrought texts, but obviously in very different ways. A big highlight for me was Elizabeth Fowler's Literary Character, which makes the argument that we haven't to this point really had an adequate vocabulary to talk about fictional people in any substantive way beyond what they resemble and what they provoke. Very excited to continue in that one.
Heavyweight, episode 9
The Adventure Zone: Commitment, episode 1
Bendis, Spider-Man #20
Wilson, Ms. Marvel #22
Big Mouth, season 1, episodes 4 - 10
Bechdel, Are You My Mother?
Last Week Tonight, 10/8/17
Steven Universe, season 4, episodes 16 - 17
American Vandal, season 1, episode 2
Fowler, Literary Character, introduction
Chance, "The Structural Unity of Beowulf: The Problem of Grendel's Mother"
Annie's Quick Review
I guess I’ve been on a bit of a political kick lately (I blame current events and Seth Meyers) because I read Katy Tur’s New York Times bestselling book Unbelievable this week and LOVED it. Tur was a foreign correspondent for NBC News when they called her to come cover Donald Trump’s campaign for president. Thinking the gig would be a few weeks, maybe months, Tur agreed, and the rest, as they say, is history. The book is a fascinating look at the 2016 election and the events leading up to it, but it also provides insight into the ever-changing journalistic landscape—something tailor-made for this journalism-major-turned-bookstore-owner.
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