24 episodes

Welcome to Banned Book Club where we believe that the most controversial books are often the best books. Join us as we dive into literature that has been good enough to raise the ire of governments, school-boards, and concerned parents all over the world. We hope that by the end of each episode you will agree with us on this point, if a book is banned its worth reading.

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    • Arts
    • 4.3 • 18 Ratings

Welcome to Banned Book Club where we believe that the most controversial books are often the best books. Join us as we dive into literature that has been good enough to raise the ire of governments, school-boards, and concerned parents all over the world. We hope that by the end of each episode you will agree with us on this point, if a book is banned its worth reading.

    Fight club - How the movie cheats the book

    Fight club - How the movie cheats the book

    A double dip fight club episode about the unfortunate differences between the movie and its source material. In this episode Rafi is replaced by Thomas, who is a person that knows much about movies. We discuss David Fincher, China, Paradise Lost, A Clockwork Orange, and sigma males — all within the context of Fight Club. Hold on to your fedora as we sail into the abyss.Every sale supports local bookstores. Bookshop is on a mission to financially support your local, independent bookstores. Soc...

    • 54 min
    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - Book Review

    Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk - Book Review

    In this episode, we discuss one of the most iconic and thought-provoking novels of the 20th century. "Fight Club" follows an unnamed narrator as he struggles with insomnia and an unfulfilling job, eventually leading him to create an underground club where men can gather to fight.Palahniuk explores themes of masculinity, consumerism, and the search for identity in a society that often feels hollow and oppressive. Join us as we break the main rule of Fight Club… talking about Fight Club.Timesta...

    • 50 min
    The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq _ Atomised - BOOK REVIEW

    The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq _ Atomised - BOOK REVIEW

    In this episode, we discuss Atomised by Michel Houellebecq, who’s been called among other things — France’s greatest literary export, Enfant terrible, provocateur, and a jerk. The story follows half brothers Michel and Bruno, whose lives are sent on painful and seemingly dissimilar trajectories as consequence of their hippie mother’s neoliberal ideology. The book goes on to chart the evolution and spread of neoliberalism in western society, using the lives of Bruno and Michel to illustrate th...

    • 45 min
    The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker - Book Review

    The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker - Book Review

    In this spooky halloween episode we review “The Hellbound Heart”, a 1980’s horror novella by Clive Barker. Barker is a banned author/painter/playwright, who’s been described by Stephen King as “the future of horror”. The Hellbound Heart makes it plain to see why — rendering demons, killers, and the prospect of unending torture in a terrifyingly vivid light. When Frank, a suave hedonist - opens the cursed Lemarchand configuration, he’s transported to a world where one experiences pain to a poi...

    • 24 min
    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - Book Review

    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - Book Review

    In this episode, we review “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert. Published in 1856 - the novel was deemed a threat to morality and caused Flaubert to face charges in the French court - because of the searingly detailed account it gives of protagonist Emma Bovary’s romantic affairs. But the book is anything but romantic - widely considered to be the first ‘modern novel’- Madame Bovary ushered in a new era in fiction by handling its controversial subject matter with a camera like neutralit...

    • 51 min
    Factotum by Charles Bukowski - BOOK REVIEW

    Factotum by Charles Bukowski - BOOK REVIEW

    This episode centers around “Factotum”, written by the infamous and widely imitated Charles Bukowski. As the name implies, Factotum tells the story of a worker’s life, but Henry Chinaski (Bukowski’s self inspired antihero) is not your average worker— unless your idea of an average worker is someone who constantly drinks, fights, philanders, and writes poetry. Join us as we discuss Bukowski’s unique philosophy on work, women, and a system that’s apparently designed to keep the little guy down....

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Socialfit ,

Thanks

I was searching for podcasts to listen to about books and literature and I came upon your podcast. I’m truly enjoying it and I wish you both well. I’ve really enjoyed your discussions and the books you’ve chose to review and discuss. Keep up the great work and stay well. Love and respect.
JST-

Lemon Johnson ,

Excellent pod!

Great production, great hosts, and great stimulating discussions on a wide range of significant texts!

DA-LA ,

way too many caveats within these discussions

Interesting discussions at times. But, for instance… the episode about Bukowski’s Ham on Rye …. these guys discuss the book as though no one knows what the deal is with Bukowski. And then quite often, one of the hosts will say things like “now we’re not saying we condone this behavior” or words to that effect. Or…. “We don’t condone his treatment of women” before discussing his treatment of women. This happens A LOT.
Or… “we were driving by San Pedro and we stopped by to see his grave…. Now we are not saying we are fans…”. What ? Who cares

Just talk about the book, the writer … It’s actually ok to like Bukowski. His writing can be both dark and funny. He’s interesting. He’s famous! Let the conversation flow guys. Your audience isn’t that big that you need to worry about repercussions, and your dialogue in these episodes isn’t close to offensive.

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