Tim: We begin this at 2:30 a.m. to bring the True-True to You-You.. (I want it said that Matt has edited “you all” to You-You, so that’s auspicious.) Matt: I am the Author (like Rowling) Tim: Both of us are avowed Cloud Atlas fans, both the movie and the really exceptional book it’s based on,… Read More Baumann and Burch Conversations #15: Cloud Atlas
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
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
Inspired by the events of the reasonably recent B&B B&B episode, “Podcast Yes!” and bummed out by how many books I have which are still in Rubbermaid totes, I’ve gone through the Harry Potter books again for the first time in a couple of years. In lieu of doing separate posts on each book, which… Read More Seven Sevens: A Harry Potter Retrospective
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
Josh returns, covered in glory, to the podcast as we dip into Harry Potter. In this installment, the B&B B&B runs through its favorite Harry Potter novels. We talk about the universality of Ron Weasley, draft real life athletes to be Quidditch stars, discuss the pedagogy of Hogwarts teachers, get deep into our feelings about… Read More Baumann and Burch, Episode 19: Podcast Yes!
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
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?
Matt and I, in this newest podcast, take on a topic which we are intimately familiar with and which we have spent virtually no time on in these podcasts: books. In what we hope will become a recurring subject, we talk about some books that we’ve read recently and talk about what interested us in… Read More Baumann and Burch, Episode 8: Author Cheese Wheel
There are some books that I read over and over again. From the time I was in sixth grade up into my last year of college, I read To Kill a Mockingbird at least twice a year. (I’ll be citing the edition that is yellow and a little torn beyond its years: it’s the first… Read More Villainous Age in Harper Lee’s “Oeuvre”