Mmkay. From Star Trek to #ghostbusters 👻🔫
A being of pure energy?! This haunted house story just went #startrek so fast (and I love it!!!!).
I mentioned this podcast at our last meeting of the #litsyatxreaderssociety. Two dudes read the #emilywilsontranslation of the Odyssey and make goofs about oily boys and wine dark seas. They even get to chat with the translator herself in one episode!
Loved this translation!
Much has been said about her choice of the word “complicated” at the opening of the book. IMO it is absolutely the perfect word. The history of the word relates to strands being twisted or folded together (like the words “ply” and “plait”), which goes so well with all the symbolism related to weaving in the book.
I just fundamentally don‘t get this book.
THINGS IT IS NOT:
1) A mystery - There is absolutely nothing mysterious here. The author signposts literally everything. Have a feeling you figured it out after the first suspect is introduced? That‘s b/c you did.
2) A thriller - The plot mostly consists of a middle aged woman going on dates.
3) A psychological character study - Why do the characters do what they do? B/c the author says so.
Really wanted to like this one, but boy— I really don‘t get this author‘s storytelling technique. He‘s just listing details from various murders one after the other without really tying them together. At nearly 17 hours (😱), this book should really move more quickly. And so many weird digressions?? 🐌🐌
Can a book be both dark and heartfelt? Apparently, yes. I picked up this book after I heard two people talking about how funny it was. Though there were funny moments for sure, it‘s really only a comedy in the dramatic sense— despite everything, it turns out OK in the end. Dark and tragic, painfully real, yet still warm, hopeful, and full of love for humanity. 🖤
Here‘s a tip: if you have a diagnosed disorder (or even if you don‘t) and you‘re having trouble with daily activities like dating or interacting in social situations, seek the help of a professional counselor or therapist, NOT a sex worker. It is so absurd to me that this woman doesn‘t have a therapist on speed dial. 🙄
So many people just fundamentally do not understand this.
These section headings get me 🤣
Don‘t mind me, just over here plotting...
I‘m like 30 pages in and I‘m over here researching deadbolts. 😐
Did not realize this is a 14 HOUR audiobook!! ... guess I have a lot to learn!
OMG this dude got acquitted on charges of writing a blasphemous book by basically arguing “But what is reality, anyway?”
The Salem judges who had similarly refused to acknowledge objective reality for their own purposes weeks earlier didn‘t seem to like it so much when the shoe was on the other foot...