Book club meets fight club - each week high school English teachers Dr. Ian DeJong and Joe Holschuh each bring a book to share with their friend Nick Argires. Weekly themes, winners and recommendations.
129. Fast Food
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain (2020) vs Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser (2001)
Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding... Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis by Sam Anderson (2018) vs Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (2017)
127. Literary Nonsense
Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco (1974) vs The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1981).
126. Annie Ernaux
The Years by 2022 Noble Prize Winner Annie Ernaux (2008)
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991) vs The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1963).
124. NY Times Best Sellers
Fairy Tale by Stephen King (2022) vs I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (2022).
Comfort podcast, Stuff You Should Know Vibes
Great podcast for commuting/road trips. These guys are a hilarious combo and kind of have a similar style to Josh and Chuck from Stuff You Should Know—but all books instead of everything. I especially like the competitive aspect, it’s fun to root for Ian or Joe depending on who’s book you’ve maybe read.
Always a jolly time
These guys have great rapport with each other. They welcome listeners into an hour of camaraderie that is more than satisfying.
Thanks to my old literary theory professor and his strange buddies for bringing me my weekly source of serotonin. thanks also for increasing my tbr by approximately 20 books