86. The Postal Book Club
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A book sent from friend to friend around the world, with a notebook full of comments. Have we found the perfect Covid lockdown bookclub? We're joined by podcaster and books blogger Simon Thomas who explains how it works. We also get some wonderful book recommendations from authors you may not have read or even heard of, and catch up about his Book of the Year club (in which all the books read come from a single year). 

Books mentioned in this episode:

Once a Week by A. A. Milne, A House and its Head by Ivy Compton Burnet, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, Life Among The Savages and Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson, The British Library Woman Writers series – including Chatterton Square by E.H. Young and Dangerous Ages by Rose Macaulay, The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield, Tea at Four O’Clock by Janet McNeill and The Stone of Chastity by Margery Sharp

Don't miss our website, thebookclubreview.co.uk, for our archive of over 80 episodes from book club books to interviews with bookish folk. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook @BookClubReview podcast, on Twitter @bookclubrvwpod or email thebookclubreview@gmail.com.

If you want to hear more from Simon listen to his Tea or Books? Podcast, available on your podcast player of choice, or find him online at stuckinabook.com.

 

 

Literary Friction
Literary Friction
Literary Friction
Literary Friction - Adaptation with Niven Govinden
Building on our show in 2017 with Dana Spiotta that looked at books about film, this month we want to explore what happens when books turn into films. We’ll be asking why literature is often a source for cinema, thinking about what the best adaptations get right, and remembering some of our favourite movies inspired by books. Our guest is author Niven Govinden, whose sixth novel, Diary of a Film, unfolds over the course of three days in an unnamed Italian city, where an auteur director has come to premier his latest film at a festival. It’s a love letter to the cinema, and an intense meditation on the creative process, artistic control, queer love and flaneurs. So, grab your popcorn - it will almost be like sitting in a crowded movie theatre again! Our recommended film adaptations: Octavia: Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd (https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/reviews-recommendations/lady-macbeth-william-oldroyd-period-film-bones) based on the novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov: https://www.nyrb.com/products/lady-macbeth-of-mtsensk?variant=32796791701641 Carrie: Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve (https://www.vox.com/culture/2016/11/11/13587262/arrival-movie-review-amy-adams-denis-villeneuve) based on the short story Story Of Your Life by Ted Chiang: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538163/arrival-stories-of-your-life-mti-by-ted-chiang/ General recommendations: Octavia: The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein https://www.europaeditions.com/book/9781933372006/the-days-of-abandonment Niven: Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604955/romance-in-marseille-by-claude-mckay-edited-by-gary-edward-holcomb-and-william-j-maxwell/ Carrie: Having and Being Had by Eula Biss https://www.faber.co.uk/books/non-fiction/9780571346424-having-and-being-had.html We'll be launching our Patreon next month so keep an eye on our socials if you'd like to become a patron and support our work! Email us: litfriction@gmail.com Tweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction This episode is sponsored by Picador: https://www.panmacmillan.com/picador
1 hr 14 min
The Great Women Artists
The Great Women Artists
Katy Hessel
Elizabeth Smith on Helen Frankenthaler
WELCOME BACK TO SEASON 5 of the GWA PODCAST! In episode 53 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the renowned curator and executive director of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Elizabeth Smith, on the trailblazing and legendary HELEN FRANKENTHALER (1928–2011) !!!! [This episode is brought to you by Alighieri jewellery: www.alighieri.co.uk | use the code TGWA at checkout for 10% off!] With a career spanning six decades, Helen Frankenthaler has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the twentieth century. A member of the second generation of postwar American abstract painters, she is widely credited with playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Through her invention of the soak-stain technique, she expanded the possibilities of abstraction, while at times referencing figuration and landscape in highly personal ways. She produced a body of work whose impact on contemporary art has been profound and continues to grow. Born on December 12, 1928, and raised in New York. She attended the Dalton School, where she received her earliest art instruction from Rufino Tamayo. In 1949 she graduated from Bennington College, and by the early 1950s had entered into the Downtown New York Art Scene. Exhibiting at the infamous Ninth Street Show in 1951 (alongside Krasner, Mitchell, and others), Frankenthaler's breakthrough came in 1952 when she created Mountains and Sea, her first soak-stain painting. She poured thinned paint directly onto raw, unprimed canvas laid on the studio floor, working from all sides to create floating fields of translucent colour. The work catalysed the Colour Field School and was particularly influential for artists of her generation. In 1959, Frankenthaler had won first prize at the Premiere Biennale de Paris, by 1960 had her first major solo exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York, and by 1969 was one of four artists to represent America at the Venice Biennale. Oh! AND she had a Whitney Museum solo exhibition of the same year. She was invisible. I LOVED recording this episode with Elizabeth Smith about the fascinating life and work of Frankenthaler. ENJOY!!! Works discussed: Nature Abhors a Vacuum, 1973 Cloud Burst, 2002 Pink Lady, 1963 Mountains and Sea, 1952 Jacob's Ladder, 1957 Flood, 1967 FURTHER LINKS! https://www.frankenthalerfoundation.org/artworks/paintings https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2021/may/helen-frankenthaler-radical-beauty/ https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/Helen-Frankenthaler https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/display/studio/helen-frankenthaler https://gagosian.com/news/museum-exhibitions/pittura-panorama-paintings-by-helen-frankenthaler-museo-di-palazzo-grimani-venice/ Follow us: Katy Hessel: @thegreatwomenartists / @katy.hessel Sound editing by Laura Hendry Artwork by @thisisaliceskinner Music by Ben Wetherfield https://www.thegreatwomenartists.com/
49 min
All the Books!
All the Books!
Book Riot
E299: New Releases and More for February 23, 2021
This week, Liberty and Patricia discuss The City of Good Death, Raceless, The Blizzard Party, and more great books. Pick up an All the Books! 200th episode commemorative item here. Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS, iTunes, or Spotify and never miss a book. Sign up for the weekly New Books! newsletter for even more new book news. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. BOOKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW: The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri  Nubia: Real One by L. L. McKinney and Robyn Smith Never Have I Ever: Stories by Isabel Yap My Life in Transition: A Super Late Bloomer Collection by Julia Kaye Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa by Matthew Gavin Frank The Handbook for Bad Days: Shortcuts to Get Present When Things Aren’t Perfect by Eveline Helmink The Blizzard Party by Jack Livings   Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong by Georgina Lawton WHAT WE’RE READING: The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia MORE BOOKS OUT THIS WEEK: Some Other Now by Sarah Everett  While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee  Guilty Admissions: The Bribes, Favors, and Phonies behind the College Cheating Scandal by Nicole LaPorte Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson’s D.O.D.O. by Nicole Galland  Queens of the Crusades: England’s Medieval Queens by Alison Weir Transgressions of Power by Juliette Wade The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin  Sea Loves Me: Selected Stories by Mia Couto The Delusions Of Crowds: Why People Go Mad in Groups by William J. Bernstein The Lost Soul by Olga Tokarczuk, Joanna Concejo (Illustrator), Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translator) The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley  The Great Ages of Discovery: How Western Civilization Learned About a Wider World by Stephen J. Pyne Winter Pasture: One Woman’s Journey with China’s Kazakh Herders by Li Juan, Jack Hargreaves (Translator), Yan Yan (Translator) The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell Love at First by Kate Clayborn Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh  Flowers of Darkness by Tatiana de Rosnay Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden  The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book: A Greenglass House Story by Kate Milford Power Up by Sam Nisson, Darnell Johnson The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir by Elizabeth Miki Brina Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard Some Other Now by Sarah Everett The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits  The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America’s Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World by Joby Warrick Tomorrow They Won’t Dare to Murder Us by Joseph Andras The Shadow War by Lindsay Smith Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers  The Upstairs House by Julia Fine First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time by Emma Chapman Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Female Persuasion by Tori Telfer Crocodile Tears by Mercedes Rosende, Tim Gutteridge (translator) Smoke by Joe Ide Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change by Denise Padín Collazo Prepped by Bethany Mangle   The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros In the Company of Men by Véronique Tadjo The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris Treasure of the World by Tara Sullivan It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian Nighthawking (A Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler Novel Book 2) by Russ Thomas Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters by Aimee Ogden A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption by Justin Fenton  Like Home by Louisa Onomé The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs  The Sculptress by V.S. Alexander Mazie by Melanie Crowder Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories by Keith Rosson Crimson Phoenix by John Gilstrap Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame by Supriya Kelkar See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 min
You're Booked
You're Booked
Daisy Buchanan
Simon Doonan - You're Booked
This week we are giddy with excitement to welcome one of our longtime, beloved authors to the show: Simon Doonan. Writer, bon vivant, fashion icon and renowned TV judge - Simon's memoir Beautiful People was turned into an acclaimed BBC series, he's also the author of Eccentric Glamour, Gay Men Don't Get Fat, and many more. He's also a judge on the TV shows America's Next Top Model and Making It. His latest book is a biography of the artist Keith Haring. We talked to him about the wonders of retail, the glamour of James Bond, Iris Murdoch's fashion sense and Dawn Powell's alcoholic aquarium. More about Daisy's new podcast Daisy is Insatiable HERE. BOOKS Daisy Buchanan - Insatiable Simon Doonan - Beautiful People Simon Doonan - Eccentric Glamour Simon Doonan - Keith Haring Philip Norman - Jimi Hendrix: Wild Thing Paul Trynka - Brian Jones Keith Richards - Life Luis Bunuel - My Last Breath Keith Haring - Journals JP Donleavy - Ginger Man Ian Fleming - Goldfinger Germaine Greer - Female Eunuch Holly Madison - Down the Rabbit Hole Judith Krantz - Scruples Rona Jaffe - Best of Everything Jacqueline Susann - Valley of the Dolls Grace Metalious - Peyton Place Craig Brown - Ma'am Darling Craig Brown - One Two Three Four David Bailey - Look Again Viv Albertine - Clothes, Music, Boys Cherie Currie - Neon Angel Eve Babitz - Eve’s Hollywood Brian Kellow - Can I Go Now: Sue Mengers Sam Wasson - See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 min
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