TMR 9.07: Monsterhuman by Kjersti Skomsvold (pgs 275-316)
Although this episode isn’t as funny as last week’s discussion of “lay-down Sally,” it does get into some of Brian’s neuroses about his forthcoming book, which is entertaining. They talk a lot about Skomsvold’s humor, about the creepy ways in which various photographers and interviewers treat her as a young female artist, and the bit where John O’Brien of Dalkey Archive Press makes an appearance. Focusing on aftermath of the publication of her novel The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, “East of the River” is one of the most compelling sections of Monsterhuman and can be read on it’s own. Even if you haven’t read it, you’ll definitely enjoy this podcast.
Only three episodes left! And because Chad’s going to be in London for a week, we’ll be broadcasting two episodes on YouTube next week. (The audio podcasts will release as usual on Thursday 9/12 and 9/19.) That said, here are links to the final three YouTube streams: Monday, September 9 (pgs 316-360), Thursday, September 12 (pgs 360-406), and then back to normal, with the final episode on Wednesday, September 25 (pgs 407-448).
Also, all of our past episodes are available on our YouTube channel in case you want to catch up on anything.
This week’s music is “House vs. House” by Blanck Mass.
Season 10 will be the first English-language title to be included, Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann, which was just named to the Booker SHORTLIST!!
And be sure to preorder Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is coming out this fall from BOA Editions.