In this week's podcast Tom and Chad talk about the recently
released Best Translated Book Award shortlists, before
moving on to discussion of the two Reading the World Conversation
Series books for April: The Vegetarian by Han Kang and Diorama by Rocío Cerón.
Additional articles and books discussed include, Porochista
Khakpour's review of The Vegetarian in the NY
Times, Don DeLillo's Zero K, Gabriella Coleman's
Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, and A.J. Somerset's
Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun.
They also discussed switching up the RTWCS as a whole, with
Dirty Dust and Graveyard Clay--two translations
of the same book by Máirtín Ó Cadhain--in May, followed by Liu
Xia's Empty Chairs in June. This does deviate from
the plan posted here a few months ago, but given the struggles
we've had keeping up--and the opportunity to look at two
translations of the same book--it seemed worthwhile to shift things
a bit, alternating from fiction to poetry each month, and giving
everyone participating a little bit more time to read.
This week's music is "A Tale Told by an Idiot" by John Congleton
and the Nighty Nite.
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