8. The Bends

Meal prep.

We're coming up on Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday--and let's be honest: it's entirely because of the food. As much as I like getting together to share a meal with family and friends, it's the "meal" part of that sharing that I really enjoy. For the past two years, I've stayed in Tallahassee on Thanksgiving and hosted a few friends who, for one reason or another, were unable to go home to their families. Cooking is one of my very favorite things, and so I use the holiday as an excuse to try new recipes. This year, though, I'll be joining my girlfriend Kelsey's family and learning a whole new set of traditions and family dynamics. Hashtag adulthood?

This week on the podcast, Annie and I talked through the books we read in October, which felt like a very long month. Annie's been in the mood for politics, and I don't remember the last book I read that wasn't a lesbian maternity narrative. Listen here.

Chris's Media Log

The thing about me and travel is that I'm doing too much of it lately. I drove to Atlanta on Friday to present a paper at the annual meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. The paper went well and I got to celebrate with a kind of fancy dinner at Saltyard! But then I spent the entire next day lying in bed on the fourteenth floor of my hotel, curtains open to downtown. It was a good introvert vacation, honestly, but one I wasn't totally planning to take. I listened to most of Future Home of the Living God in the car on the way there and back, and I've got some thoughts on it that you'll hear in November's reading recap episode.

Media Log:
Reply All, episode 109

Media Log:
Erdrich, Future Home of the Living God, part I

Media Log:
Bendis, Spider-Men II #3
Bendis, Spider-Man #21
Robinson, Cable #5
Zub, Thunderbolts #4

Media Log:
Erdrich, Future Home of the Living God, part II
Stranger Things, season 2, episode 2
Brisson, Cable #150

Media Log:
Chretien de Troyes, Perceval, ll. 1 - 4747
Stranger Things, season 2, episode 3

Media Log:
Bunn, X-Men Blue #14
Stranger Things, season 2, episode 4

Media Log:
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, fitt 1
Rosenberg, Secret Warriors #6 - 7
Hopeless, Jean Grey #7 - 8 

Annie's Quick Review


Okay, Annie is frantically prepping for our Pen to Plate dinner at the moment, so hey again. Chris here. A couple months ago, Annie and I both read The End We Start From by Megan Hunter. It really seems like comparisons to Station Elevenhave become themselves cliché, but it really is the closest comparison either of us can think of. This little book is a gorgeous lyrical companion to Mandel's novel that tells the story of a mother and her infant son fighting to survive in a waterlogged UK after a cataclysmic flooding event. It's post-apocalyptic to some degree, but don't let that scare you if it's not usually your thing. This is a beautiful, even poetic story of maternal love at all costs.



One last thing!

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9. Airbag

7. Motion Picture Soundtrack