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The Thoughts for April 2014

Here, you can browse my erratically updated blog. For the most part, this has become the base for postings about new episodes of our Library Police podcast, but every so often I do a post about something else that's on my mind. If you're really interested in knowing my thoughts about the world, I recommend checking out my Twitter page, to which I post far more frequently. (You can see the latest five posts below.)

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April 2, 2014: The Library Police - Episode 139

Occasionally, our combined education of journalism and English degrees may not yield the kind of technical acumen that you might expect would help us produce a podcast. When that happens, our recording gets gobbled up by technical demons, an occurrence that's embarrassing when it happens once. Twice? That's really frustrating, especially when they're two episodes that we were actually pretty pleased with. So, this week, we revisit these lost episodes this week with a discussion of James Franco's Palo Alto and books that we would make the world population read if we were ruthless dictators. And if that's not enough, we have our usual array of recent reads and a look at all sorts of stuff off the bookshelves, from a Jack the Ripper board game to a TV show about Cold War politics.

Episode 139: The Lost Episodes

This week's lineup:

0:00 - 18:11

What We're Reading Now:

  • Daniel Woodrell, The Bayou Trilogy
  • Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself
  • Ryan Gattis, Kung Fu High School
  • Homer, The Odyssey
18:11 - 1:18:13

The Lost Episodes: A few weeks back, we announced that we had lost a couple of our episodes due to some technical malfunctions. It was a little depressing for us, because we were pretty proud of how they turned out; unfortunately, there was little we could do except to re-record them after a suitable grieving period had passed. So this week, we return and cover a couple of fun topics for the second time. First: if we could require everyone on Earth to read certain books, what would we require, and why? After that (surprisingly harmonious) conversation, we revisit James Franco's Palo Alto, a short story collection that we were pretty angry at, only to find that time has cooled some of our passions. (We still hated it, though. Just not as angrily as we had.)

1:18:13 - 1:38:28

Off the Bookshelves:

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Letters from Whitechapel
  • Hannibal
  • The Americans
  • Ira Glass

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Hope you enjoyed the episode! Join us next week when we discuss our book club selection, Joe Haldeman's The Forever War. It's a great book (in my opinion), so tune in to see if it's better received than Palo Alto was...

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April 2, 2014