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Hanging with friends, smoking weed, and talking about books is just the best idea ever!

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    • 4.8, 6 Ratings

Hanging with friends, smoking weed, and talking about books is just the best idea ever!

    Episode 44-BLOOM lyrics by Mike Fate

    Episode 44-BLOOM lyrics by Mike Fate

    Shelly sits down with Mike Fate, Kayla Teresa(thepathlesstraveledhp), Justin Hatchett(TopShelforDie), and Colin Macdougal(MichiganPsychedelicSociety) to talk about lyrics from Mike's newest album BLOOM. Yay we are finally talking about LYRICS!!!! So good! AND we are back at CRB studio(with LOTS of partitions and masks, etc to protect us)which feels great. This album is a lovely groove with heavy emotion. Meditate to it. Trip to it. We also talk about the music biz, working with DJBJ 3525, creative prompts, the etiquette of snacks, and all sorts of fun things. We acted up and now we are all grounded, and so are the cops. Also Happy 10th Anniversary to OM of Medicine in Ann Arbor!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 43-Screaming Beauty by Scott Mooney

    Episode 43-Screaming Beauty by Scott Mooney

    Shelly hangs with Nicole P'Simer, Nathan Corliss, and Scott Mooney to talk about Scott's new novel 'Screaming Beauty' the 2nd in the Poisoned Apple series. If you haven't yet, read 'Pricked' too! (the first book in the series and also the discussion of Reads and Weeds Episode 24). It is a totally entertaining new adult fantasy novel that you will not be able to put down. I realllllly want these to be movies! The world he has created is so fun. We also talk about snacks, plastic and Knot Plastic, cats named after Star Trek characters and the fact that Nathan's dad was Nicole's teacher in high school. Lots of super nerdy easter eggs and inside jokes for writers and thesbians through the book. Keep writing Scott! That ending was cruel-Ha! Ready for the next one.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 42-Stories from my old buddy Alan Ruff!

    Episode 42-Stories from my old buddy Alan Ruff!

    Shelly and Kris are joined by Pastor and 6th grade English teacher Alan Ruff from Boiling Springs, SC(whoa it has been over 20 years!) to talk about a couple of his short stories, old school Boiling Springs things, the state of affairs of cannabis in SC(progress.....buuuuut needs improvement/LOTS of room for growth), and which graphic novels his students are loving. I was so surprised when Alan randomly reached out to me about hanging out on the show. So good to talk with him about what he has been up to for the last 2 decades(shout out to Tanya and the fam!) and talk about the great sayings we learned from our grandmothers. I'll post the stories on the FB page so you can check them out!

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Episode 41- Six Swans-Grimms Fairy Tales

    Episode 41- Six Swans-Grimms Fairy Tales

    Shelly is joined by Kris, Kristen Hartnagel(new reader!) and Jilleien Franquelli Rippey(producer/host of Conversations with Mary Jane podcast) to talk about the creepy weird Six Swans fairy tale. LOTS of assumptions and unanswered questions here. Ha! How did the family react when the king brought home a random naked girl who doesn't talk that he found in a tree? Were the swan brothers stealing stuff the whole day except for the 15 minutes that they were people? Will Shelly ever leave Kristen's lakehouse? Tune in to find out. Also, find out more about the amazing organization simplesacrifice.com that Jilleien runs that has been feeding the homeless in Baltimore for years. And thanks to Christina Gradillas for the intro!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 40 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    Episode 40 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    Shelly and Kris discuss Hemingway's first novel with the intention of bashing it. However, after a deeper dive, we become forgiving about everything and decide that he was in fact the voice of a lost generation and really we just don't like boring drunk people conversations. The not so clear info about Jake's injury being made clearer would have REALLY helped but I get it. It was an era of talking around things. We also talk about quarantine hair and the symbolism of a psychedelic elephant on a ball and the fact that I have way too many jars.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Episode 39-Women Talking by Miriam Toews

    Episode 39-Women Talking by Miriam Toews

    This week we are 4 women talking about Miriam Toews' award winning novel Women Talking, and there is MUCH to talk about. Shelly is joined by FIRST TIME GUEST! @staceysimpsonduke(improv friend, co pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor)and also Lauren and Claire(good friends and damn good writers themselves). Based on true events-see 'Ghost Rapes of Bolivia', this novel often reads like a greek tragedy. It can be triggering. Be warned. We discuss the nature of forgiveness, the difference between being 'ignorant' and 'uneducated', how suffering at any level fills the space allowed, making decisions in the middle of trauma and rage, and of course there is some ranting about the patriarchy. READ THIS BOOK. It is calling out to you with the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of women talking. Also, check out Stacy Simpson Duke's writing at seeingthesacred.com and earthchicknits.com.

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Mary Louise Janey ,

So fun!

Great podcast about books and readers and authors too! Homegrown and delightful.

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