Sep 15, 2020
Angela Chen: Asexuality Is Pretty Complex—And That's OK
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Angela Chen talks about the broad spectrum of experiences that make up asexuality, the myth of sexual liberation, and her new book, Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate magazine, in partnership with GLAAD. Want to recommend a future guest? Come find us on Twitter @lgbtqpod.

Heaving Bosoms: A Romance Novel Podcast
Heaving Bosoms: A Romance Novel Podcast
Erin and Melody
Ep. 159 - Nicholas (Lords of the Satyr) by Elizabeth Amber with Sarah Wendell!
Sarah Wendell is here! That's right, the resident Smart Bitch who loves Trashy Books is on Heaving Bosoms! She introduces Melody to the wonders that is the Lords of the Satyr series with NICHOLAS by Elizabeth Amber. It's a Paranormal Historical Erotic Romance that is nuts. It's so bonkers. It's got such a problematic tapestry of consent issues that Melody wasn't phased by at all. There are Fuck Sprites. There's double dicks and a bonus appendage that Sarah has hilariously dubbed "the zamboni of love." IT'S EVERYTHING MEL HAS EVER WANTED, purple prose and all! LADY LOVES: Sarah: Give yourself a manicure! She has become quite proficient in PandemicTimes and gives herself weekly manicures. The bonus is that she's forced to STOP and relax while her nails dry. Melody: Get yourself pumped up. When you don't want to complete a task, put on some Jock Jams and you will be ready to take on the world! EPISODE SPONSOR: Debut nobel WHAT COMES AFTER by Blair Leigh. It's a heartfelt contemporary filled that tackles grief, anxiety, and is filled with tons of lady love and hope! Get it now! PATREON SHOUT OUT: Sylwia P, you are descended from Jezda, or Jezi Baba, a Polish wild woman goddess who was the epitome of creative and badass. Jezi Baba is portrayed as a witch who flies through the air in a mortar, using the pestle as the rudder. No one can follow her because she sweeps away her tracks using a broom made of human hair. Her house in the forest revolved around because it sat atop 3 pairs of chicken legs THAT DANCE. Look, you’re 30 now and that means truly embracing yourself. Turning 30 in 2020 gives you extra power. So, when things get overwhelming, lean into your Jezdaness. If those who approach you for help are pure of heart, feel free to expend your energy to make the world better. If they’re not pure of heart, or haven’t properly prepared themselves for your glory, EAT THEIR SOULS and use that extra energy to achieve your dreams. That nose piercing already signals to the world that you’re a weird and, if Jezi Baba taught us anything, it’s that there’s great power in not having fucks to give anymore.
2 hr 19 min
Get Booked
Get Booked
Book Riot
E254: Magic Is For Dirty Commoners
Amanda and Jenn discuss characters with social anxiety, “intellectual angst,” gothic thrillers, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by The Storybound Podcast, Elsewhere by Dean Koontz, and Sourcebooks. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Feedback Delicacy by David Foenkinos, translated by Bruce Benderson (rec’d by Catleen) The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (rec’d by Heather) Abby Jimenez’s The Friend Zone & The Happy Ever After Playlist (rec’d by Nicole) Questions 1. I am in a book club with some friends where half of them fall under the conservative Republican camp while the other half fall under the liberal Democrat camp (like me).   As someone who believes in climate change, women’s rights and the need for radical change in systemic racism, I really want to suggest a book that this whole group can read together and that will help shift the mindset of the more conservative members. I am not trying to force them into becoming liberals. I am looking for them to be more open to the possibility of climate change and that racism not only happens at an individual level, but on a systemic one. (Note, we are a group of Asian-American women, so we are POC but our political views range widely.)   To have them be more receptive to my book suggestion, I am looking for books that won’t turn them off or are too out of their comfort zone (i.e., Hood Feminism, Stamped from the Beginning, etc.). So, I’m thinking of fiction books that are compelling but not too serious. Hoping these books will allow them to really empathize with characters that live beyond their world and/or imagine a world where Fox News isn’t the only source of truth.   For reference, past books we’ve read include Little Fires Everywhere and Miracle Creek. We are currently reading Dear Girls by Ali Wong. As you can see, we don’t read any controversial books and generally like popular fiction.    I’m pretty stuck on what to choose, so any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!   Thanks so much, -Helen 2. So about a year and a half ago I moved to a new city. I’ve always considered myself a decently social and outgoing person, but since I moved I’ve struggled with some social anxiety. I think the continuous meeting of new people and re-figuring out how to connect with new people was very overwhelming, and at times I’ve felt like I was failing. I’m looking for a book where I can connect to the characters or writers on the basis of social anxiety. I’m imagining connecting to the main character and watching them grow/overcome their anxiety throughout the novel. Although I prefer fiction, I’m open to anything. Thanks! -Emily 3. So this is an oddly specific request. I just finished The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides and was just enthralled the whole way through. I loved what the New Yorker called the characters’ “intellectual angst” and was entranced with the unique, complex relationships between these three characters. Looking for read a-likes that feel the same as this one. In other words books that involve urban intellectuals in their twenties figuring out life and love and intimacy, where the relationships and dynamics are almost a character within themselves and maybe the whole plot (haha). I also liked how this novel and the relationships in it were very nuanced, not your standard cheesy romance. Other books I’ve enjoyed that scratch this same itch are Normal People, Conversations With Friends, The Idiot (Elif Batuman) and One Day. Thanks! -Emily 4. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but things are kind of terrible right now. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve become interested in the lives of everyday people during ongoing difficult times in history, such as the Blitz in England, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and other places and times throughout history. I’m looking for a book to recommend for my book club that addresses this. Due to the nature of my question, I won’t ask for something that isn’t scary, but none of us is a fan of gore or children and animals in danger. Fiction or nonfiction are both welcome.    Also, let me be the millionth person to thank you for bringing Red, White, and Royal Blue into my life! I’m a DC local and it is exactly what I needed. I like remembering my city as it was before the MAGAs arrived.  -Rebecca 5. I absolutely love gothic thrillers that involve secretly badass women. Favorites include We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson , Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I’m looking to find more books in this genre as we enter Halloween season! I prefer writing that is literary, but accessible. The book can be contemporary as long as it has some kind of gothic feel to it. Bonus points if it features a creepy old house! -Kate 6. Love the show! My sister and I are both really into YA fantasy, but we’ve been looking for some lighter reads in the genre and have come up pretty empty. It seems as if every YA fantasy book deals with heavy subjects, and are dark and intense. Romance is a must, but doesn’t have to be the main storyline. Thanks! -Liza 7. Hi Jen and Amanda,   I am in a reading funk and I am looking for cozy, fun reads that are dramatic but nothing really awful happens.   Something Harry Potter reminiscent would be great. Magic, fantastical elements, maybe even royalty, without the Game of Thrones gore.   I also loved Storied Life of AJ Fikry, so something about books or love of books might be fun.   Thanks so much.  -Maymuna Books Discussed Humankind by Rutger Bregman, transl. by Elizabeth Manton and Erica Moore When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer Modern Lovers by Emma Straub Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee with Carol Mithers (tw: domestic abuse) Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers See for privacy information.
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