David Foster Wallhacks

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  1. Good Biographies

    Came here to suggest this. I would also recommend The River of Doubt by Candice Millard, which is a breezily-paced (especially compared to Morris' admittedly sometimes ponderous work) account of Roosevelt and bros exploring an uncharted Amazon tributary. Basically, what I'm saying is Roosevelt owns. From what I've heard, this is exactly the trap that Morris falls into with his biography of Ronald Reagan, so I guess people should avoid that one.
  2. Cormac McCarthy

    Again, I would recommend Suttree as a fairly pleasant novel in his oeuvre. There's definitely an element of tragedy to it, but compared to The Road and Blood Meridian in particular it's pretty chill.
  3. Cormac McCarthy

    If you want some McCarthy that doesn't leave you totally despondent upon completion then I recommend the hell out of Suttree. I've only read a few of his books so far, so I don't want to make any definitive statements about where it ranks in his body of work, but it's really good (also, I think Ebert repped it as his favorite McCarthy book, so there's that, too). Yeah, that's just kind of his thing. You get used to it.
  4. I absolutely adore this book, and credit it at least in part for making me the person I am today, but I don't really think it would generate the same kind of thoughtful discussion that a lot of the other suggestions potentially could. When all is said and done, it's an extremely straight-forward book.
  5. The Idle Book Club 1: The Sense of an Ending

    I think they mentioned that the Sense of an Ending episode is actually going to be the first friday in September.
  6. The Idle Book Club 1: The Sense of an Ending

    I was in my mid-twenties before I stopped reading embarrassing fantasy novels (oddly enough, it was around the same time that I stopped subsisting exclusively on Hot Pockets), and I find myself in a similar situation to your own. I'm so busy trying to catch up on classic literature (and exploring a recent fascination with all things Teddy Roosevelt via Edmund Morris and Candice Millard) that I tend to unfairly ignore more contemporary stuff. The book club podcast announcement was definitely a rad surprise to me and, sorry if this makes me sound like Senior Superdouche, I already get enough pedestrian literary suggestions from pretty much everyone around me, so I'm glad to see that Chris at least seems to have no plans to showcase the new hotness in YA each month.
  7. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Looking forward to some sweet photoshops of Jake with three times his actual muscle mass and about a million belt pouches.
  8. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Hey, dudes. This is the first time I have given my dollars to a podcast. Please don't tell Ira Glass.