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TMR 15.2: “Yummy Mummy or MILF” [VERNON SUBUTEX]

Emma Ramadan—translator of Despentes’s Pretty Things and Anne Garreta (among many others), and recent winner of the PEN Translation Prize—joins Brian and Chad to talk about how cool Despentes is, and how much slang she uses in her work. They also discuss the conflict that will drive the plot (Laurent Dopalet vs. Bleach’s tapes), inventing fake identities on the Internet (hi, Doug Feldick!), and, not bury the lead, which is preferable: yummy mummy or MILF. Also a bit of music talk, and a lot of laughs.

This week’s music is “Manipulator” by Ty Seagall.

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. You can join us next week when we discuss pages 147-215 and ask questions, make comments, or correct inaccurate statements. Here’s where you can find the complete reading schedule.

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