Baumann and Burch Conversations, #3: The Worst Greatest Thing

In the following talk, Tim and Matt discuss a concept that’s been floating around their conversation for a while: “the worst greatest thing.” Matt gives his bands takes, Tim gives his movies takes, and both weigh in on novelists. What follows is a lightly edited conversation in lieu of a podcast. Happy reading, all. Tim:… Read More Baumann and Burch Conversations, #3: The Worst Greatest Thing

Casting The Luminaries for TV: Utter, Wishful, and Shameful Fanfiction

The Luminaries is an enormously enjoyable novel, with emphasis on the adverb. At more than eight hundred pages, it is the longest novel to win the Man Booker International Prize, and its author, Eleanor Catton, is the youngest to ever win the Man Booker. (She was twenty-eight when it was published, which makes me wish I… Read More Casting The Luminaries for TV: Utter, Wishful, and Shameful Fanfiction

Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Sixth (and Final) Hour

Last hour, we gave some overdue ink to Neville Longbottom, grieved for a spate of sudden corpses, and found out how Aberforth Dumbledore would have fit into Casablanca. Let’s finish this sucker off. Hour #6: p. 659-end (“The Prince’s Tale” through “Nineteen Years Later.”) –There’s an offhanded comment made in “The Prince’s Tale” by Dumbledore where he says… Read More Live Blogging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Sixth (and Final) Hour

Baumann and Burch, Episode 11: In Which Matt’s Predictive Powers Exert Themselves

In this podcast! More books are on the docket: more Robertson Davies, and a Booker Prize-winning novel; Matt finally talks about a favorite author, and Tim reaches back into his early high school days to talk about a sequel that’s even better than the first in the acclaimed series. Don’t be scared if you don’t… Read More Baumann and Burch, Episode 11: In Which Matt’s Predictive Powers Exert Themselves

Baumann and Burch, Episode 10: Isn’t It Pretty to Think So?

In this episode – our tenth! – Matt and I talk about a pair of our favorite books. Matt talks about how Anil’s Ghost literally changed the trajectory of his life, making some stops along the way for discussions of epistemology; I make it my life’s podcast’s work to bend the allusions in A Prayer… Read More Baumann and Burch, Episode 10: Isn’t It Pretty to Think So?