TMR 9.05: Monsterhuman by Kjersti Skomsvold (pgs 180-225)
Tom Flynn from Volumes opens up today’s episode with a reading from Brian’s first book, Joytime Killbox. Then, along with Chad, they break down the rest of “The Human School” from Monsterhuman, talk about how much they love Skomsvold’s voice and sense of humor, look at the way in which she starts playing with first- and third-person narration in the opening bits of “The Herring Factory,” and crap on Ben Lerner a little bit. Good fun!
This week’s music is “Please Take Me With You” by Broken Social Scene.
Next episode will cover pages 226-274 and will be livestreamed on YouTube next Wednesday. (All of our past episodes are available on our YouTube channel in case you want to catch up on anything.) 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.
And be sure to preorder Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is coming out this fall from BOA Editions.