TMR 9.02: Monsterhuman by Kjersti Skomsvold (pgs 46-92)

One of the funniest TMR episodes in weeks, Chad and Brian crack each other up over writerly anxieties, the sharp wit Kjersti displays in this section, the White Claw Phenomenon, writer vs. author vs. journaler, Kjersti’s distain for bad poetry (and TV) about chronic fatigue syndrome, pop culture references from the early-1990s, and much much more. They do also talk quite a bit about the book itself, how Skomsvold is creating a sort of narrative consciousness, the evolution of the book’s voice (in lieu of a strong forward-moving plot), and other craft elements.

This week’s music (maybe the music for the rest of the season?) is “Storyline Fever” by Purple Mountains.

Next episode will cover pages 93-143 and will be livestreamed on YouTube next Wednesday. You can find the complete reading schedule here.

Season 10 will be the first English-language title to be included, Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann, which was just named to the Booker Longlist.

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And be sure to preorder Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is coming out this fall from BOA Editions.

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