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Join Michael & Ethan each month as they drink Scotch and talk about books, movies, pop culture, and everything under the sun, everything but Scotch. Join the conversation!

    The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig and Glenmorangie 10yo, Part 1

    The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig and Glenmorangie 10yo, Part 1

    CONTENT WARNING: this episode contains brief discussion of suicide. The discussion begins a little past the 45:30 mark, and concludes by the 50:00 mark.

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    Michael and Ethan begin their discussion of The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, while drinking Glenmorangie 10.

    In this episode:

    Apologies to Matt Haig, but not to the British people

    Is the Multiverse Where Originality Goes to Die?, by Stephanie Burt

    Woof, Ethan squeaks past losing toward the start of the discussion

    Smoothness as aesthetic

    Vignettes and/or not vignettes, a Schrodinger’s Cat joint

    Next time Michael and Ethan will discuss matters related to The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig. Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

    Donate to our Patreon!

    BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET!

    Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and

    Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett)

    MUSIC & SFX:

    "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission.

    "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

    "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.

    • 1 Std. 3 Min.
    Multiverse Special(s)!

    Multiverse Special(s)!

    To prepare for their episodes discussing The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, Michael and Ethan spend a very special episode discussing the idea of multiverses and going over some (SOME) examples of the idea in fiction.

    In this episode:

    The book Ethan can’t remember is The Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book

    Launches into a discussion of quantum physics in which this podcast is deeply unqualified to engage

    “Entanglements,” by David Gerrold, a story half of this podcast read

    “All the Myriad Ways,” by Larry Niven

    “Through Road No Whither,” by Greg Bear

    It’s just the science… soft science tho

    “Is the Multiverse Where Originality Goes to Die?” by Stephanie Burt

    Next time Michael and Ethan will discuss matters related to The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig. Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

    Donate to our Patreon!

    BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET!

    Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and

    Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett)

    MUSIC & SFX:

    "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission.

    "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

    "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.

    • 1 Std. 22 Min.
    The Sheriff of Babylon, by Tom King, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 2

    The Sheriff of Babylon, by Tom King, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 2

    Michael and Ethan begin their discussion of the graphic novel The Sherriff of Babylon, by Tom King, while drinking the Glenlivet Nadurra cask-strength bottling.

    In this episode:

    The August referenced in the opening is a friend of Michael and Ethan’s. This is not properly set up because Ethan didn’t know he was telling this anecdote for an audience (ie, it’s Michael’s fault).

    Spoilers for Tom King’s graphic novel The Omega Men (sorry)

    Ethan is allowed to talk about film noir (sorry again)

    The cowboy to detective to sherriff ancestral connection

    We are fully aware that The Maltese Falcon came out pre-WWII, don’t @ us

    Ambiguous ambiguites

    Confrontations that fizzle magnificently

    A teaser! Actually a few

    You can tell at least how much earlier this episode was recorded vs released because the hosts still talk about Twitter like it’s a real thing

    Next time Michael and Ethan will continue discussion of The Sherriff of Babylon, by Tom King. Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

    Donate to our Patreon!

    BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET!

    Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and

    Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett)

    MUSIC & SFX:

    "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission.

    "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

    "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.

    • 1 Std. 27 Min.
    The Sheriff of Babylon, by Tom King, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 1

    The Sheriff of Babylon, by Tom King, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 1

    Michael and Ethan begin their discussion of the graphic novel The Sherriff of Babylon, by Tom King, while drinking the Glenlivet Nadurra cask-strength bottling.

    In this episode:

    The August referenced in the opening is a friend of Michael and Ethan’s. This is not properly set up because Ethan didn’t know he was telling this anecdote for an audience (ie, it’s Michael’s fault).

    Spoilers for Tom King’s graphic novel The Omega Men (sorry)

    Ethan is allowed to talk about film noir (sorry again)

    The cowboy to detective to sherriff ancestral connection

    We are fully aware that The Maltese Falcon came out pre-WWII, don’t @ us

    Ambiguous ambiguites

    Confrontations that fizzle magnificently

    A teaser! Actually a few

    You can tell at least how much earlier this episode was recorded vs released because the hosts still talk about Twitter like it’s a real thing

    Next time Michael and Ethan will continue discussion of The Sherriff of Babylon, by Tom King. Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

    Donate to our Patreon!

    BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET!

    Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and

    Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett)

    MUSIC & SFX:

    "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission.

    "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

    "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.
    The House on Vesper Sands, by Paraic O'Donnell, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 2

    The House on Vesper Sands, by Paraic O'Donnell, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 2

    Michael and Ethan conclude their discussion of The House on Vesper Sands, by Paraic O’Donnell, while drinking the Glenlivet Nadurra cask-strength bottling.

    In this episode:

    There must be no change

    Ethan loses! Michael fails to notice, or at least to call it out. Will Ethan confess in the future?

    Good thing Ethan avoids sounding pedantic, now or ever

    The unmooring of the book

    Good thing Michael avoids sounding pedantic, now or ever

    Either a mystery, or just vibes

    Thankfully the section vs. book vs. part discussion gets resolved

    Again with the Gene Wolfe, sorry

    We have to rage against the cage in which we have bound ourselves

    “It” is an ambiguous pronoun

    Next time Michael and Ethan will continue discussion of Gargantua and Pantagruel, by Francois Rabelais. Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

    Donate to our Patreon!

    BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET!

    Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and

    Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett)

    MUSIC & SFX:

    "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission.

    "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

    "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.

    • 1 Std. 13 Min.
    The House on Vesper Sands, by Paraic O'Donnell, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 1

    The House on Vesper Sands, by Paraic O'Donnell, and Glenlivet Nadurra, Part 1

    Michael and Ethan begin their discussion of The House on Vesper Sands, by Paraic O’Donnell, while drinking the Glenlivet Nadurra cask-strength bottling.

    In this episode:

    A fearful Scotch

    Some deeply inside jokes

    The Gothic Genre: A TEDm&e Talk

    The term “sensibility” is used a lot of times for a podcast not discussing Jane Austen

    The term “vibes” is used a lot of times for a podcast run by two millenials

    Sorry Bronte fans, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre don’t count as Gothic

    Sorry to Bram Stoker and Wilkie Collins fans too, we guess?

    It had to be noted at some point: YES there is a massive The Shining reference in this novel, and NO we never think to discuss it

    Next time Michael and Ethan will continue discussion of Gargantua and Pantagruel, by Francois Rabelais. Join the discussion! Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line. We'd love to hear from you! And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

    Donate to our Patreon!

    BUY A NIHILIST BLANKET!

    Your Hosts: Michael G. Lilienthal (@mglilienthal) and

    Ethan Bartlett (@bjartlett)

    MUSIC & SFX:

    "Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco. Used by permission.

    "The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua. Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

    "Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere. Used under an Attribution License.

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.

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