TMR 12.9 “Bloody Sunday” [THE BOOK OF ANNA]

This week’s episode is one of the more political ones to date, as Chad and Brian talk about Russia’s “Bloody Sunday,” comparing the Tsar’s actions to Trump and what’s going on in Portland. (They also sigh loudly over his most recent attempt to stoke racial and class anger.) They talk about the pacing and balance between these first two parts of the novel, the ways in which this section are almost anti-Tolstoy in nature, the relationship between power and history, and Chad’s obsession with Baudrillard and illusion. (See this post.)

This week’s Anna song is “Anna Begins” by Counting Crows.

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. Next week we’ll discuss part three, “Karenina’s Portrait” (pgs 99-126). You can watch it live next Wednesday, August 5th.

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Be sure to order Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is now officially available at better bookstores everywhere thanks to BOA Editions.

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