I have to say, the Poetry Foundation really came for me with one of their recent poems, and I can’t be alone with it so I’m going to quote it for y’all here as a run-up to this actually very chipper and non-insane podcast.

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories,
The news would pour out of various devices
Interrupted by attempts to sell products to the unseen.
I would call my friends on other devices;
They would be more or less mad for similar reasons.

Like, how dare Muriel Rukeyser? You can read the full poem here (link). “Most mornings I would be more or less insane” is the most accurate description I have ever heard of my current mindset and that of everyone I know.

All of this to say, I hope that our podcast brought you some joy this year, and I hope this podcast in particular brings you joy. We read Brit Bennett’s sophomore novel The Vanishing Half (spoilers, we loved it), and we also produced a list of excellent gifts we think you should buy for all your loved ones this year. And aside from that, be kind to yourself and remember that you are not alone. We all feel more or less insane right now. HANG IN THERE.

You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below, or download it directly to take with you on the go!

Episode 140

Here are the time signatures if you want to skip around.

1:37 – What we’re reading
3:53 – What we’re something elsing
6:14 – Holiday gift guide!
22:27 – The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
41:48 – What we’re reading for next time

Stuff we talked about:

Hench, Natalie Zina Walschots
Powerless (TV show)
The Camelot Caper, Elizabeth Peters
Ted Lasso (TV show)

Whiskey Jenny’s Gift Guide

Read, Romance, Repeat subscription box from The Ripped Bodice

blank books from Vintage Paper Co (or just lovely papers)

copper cup from Made Trade

yarn from Third Vault Yarns

a donation to the food bank or racial justice organization of your choice, like Emancipate NC!

Gin Jenny’s Gift Guide

a reading Bean from Book Beau

stationery from Pigeon Posted

Real Simple subscription

Atlas of Adventures series (like this!)

Artiphany playing cards

And here’s the link about Delia Owens’s husband maybe killing a man in Zambia! (link)

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Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour
Transcripts by: Sharon of Library Hungry

Transcript is coming soon!

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