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For anyone interested in utopian social theory but who don't want to read. The hosts read works in political and social theory and do our best to explain them in simple terms through casual conversation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Join longtime friends Marci and Ako for their bi-weekly podcast where they discuss fiction, fantasy, and magical realism written by writers from colorful and diverse backgrounds! Come for the honest discussions, stay for the complete and utter tomfoolery. Also, no worries if you haven't read the books, we've got you covered!
 
Welcome; let us start with a little about me and maybe why and what this podcast is about. So my name is Jay, and I am a Dad of two beautiful kids. Over the last few years, I have dreamed of starting my channel to the world to talk about my views, my insights, and things I am and have learned as a father for the last 13 years. It's an endeavor that I had placed on the shelf many times until this year when a series of unfortunate events left me with the time​I hope to cover topics in the news ...
 
A romance author joins Tinder to find true love. What could go wrong? •Left an abusive marriage. Check. •Did a heap of therapy. And meditation. And yoga. Check. •Got on Bumble. Got on OKCupid. Got on Tinder. Check. When I moved out, I took only the clothes I could carry, my writing desk, my office chair, and the books on my keeper shelf. Walking out of a two-decade-long marriage was the easy part. Getting my self-esteem back was much harder. Once I healed enough to realize I was okay, I was ...
 
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Artist Care and Feeding

Cathleen Falsani and Kaitlyn Barrett

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Hosts Cathleen Falsani and Kaitlyn Barrett welcome artists and creators of all mediums and genres for conversations about how they do what they do and, for right now at least, how the COVID age has affected (or not) how they create/make their art. Actors, filmmakers, writers, musicians, designers, dancers, directors, poets, playwrights, painters, animators, comedians, magicians, sculptors, chefs, all manner of performers and makers of all stripes. Artist Care & Feeding is the home we are cre ...
 
We drink our coffee to wake us up and get us through our 9-5. Though it can be for pleasure, coffee is usually a means of survival. At the end of the day, we drink our cocktails to unwind, to relax, to socialize, to celebrate. In fact, we’re often sipping a cocktail while we’re working on our sacred passion projects in the evening. People are sacrificing their happiness by staying in jobs that make them miserable because they are too afraid to let go of their paycheck or security blanket and ...
 
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“This book is layered like a napolean…there’s no chuffa in The Good Left Undone!” ~ Adriana Trigiani There is just something special about the latest from Adriana Trigiani that sets it apart from her other remarkable books. Author Lisa Scottoline says of The Good Left Undone, “Adriana Trigiani has written the triumph of her career in this historica…
 
In a (not-so-distant) future world where the experience of pain is outsourced to the third world, a man tries as he might to find intimacy. That is the premise of the short story, “Standard Loneliness Package” by Charles Yu, under today’s discussion. In this episode, we talk about emotional labor, the corruption of intimacy and the quiet piecewise …
 
Hello Colorful Cast of Literary Listeners. Another week (bi-week) another episode! That’s right ya’ll Marci and Ako are back with our regularly scheduled programming. And today we are staying on script and reading Ako’s pick Birdie by Tracey Lindberg. So join Marci and Ako as they meander through this 21st Néhiyaw (Cree) novel of self-discovery. In…
 
“Unlikely Animals is a wondrous and wonderful story filled with unforgettable characters…an instant classic.” – Jeff Vandermeer, author of The Southern Reach Trilogy An instant classic indeed! Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett is a novel about familial expectations, imperfect friendships, and the possibility of resurrecting that which had been tho…
 
UH-HAIIIIIIIIIII!! Okay, we get it. We lied to y'all. We promised y'all some Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, but like a little birdie, our desire to do that flew right tf away and what landed in its place was....this? But seriously, we just needed a little break after the emotional toll of Just Above My Head, so we hope you enjoy our second tangent epis…
 
What a thrill to welcome back Cadwell Turnbull to the podcast! Cadwell was here for E41 and his debut THE LESSON. Now he’s back to talk about the first book in his brand new and very exciting Convergence Trilogy, NO GODS, NO MONSTERS. We talk about alot in this episode including what it’s like to write a trilogy, no easy feat! “As creatures from my…
 
Hello, hello reoccurring cast of colorful characters. We hope you're well. Welcome back to another episode of the CPBC podcast! That's right the dynamic duo is back to discuss the final novel by the poetic, black, queer novelist James Baldwin. So join Marci and Ako as they discuss, what to do with bitterness, happiness leaving us unread, Pluto tenu…
 
HOME OR AWAY is the latest from Kathleen West and for this episode we talked about ice hockey, the #metoo movement, balancing careers, motherhood and more. HOME OR AWAY is about two friends, one Olympic dream, and the choice that stood in the way. I was so fortunate to once again join forces with Cindy Burnett host of Thoughts From a Page podcast t…
 
A train is whizzing across the plains of New England, carrying with it two young boys full of hopes and dreams – one with a green alpine hat carelessly tossed over his head, large suitcases clumsily blocking the train car doors, while the other haughtily looks upon the scene. They are heading to a private boarding school named Choate where their lo…
 
Hello, fellow butterflies and honeybees! One of the legends has come to visit us on this week's episode as we'll be discussing Just Above My Head by the ICONIC, James Baldwin! So sit back and enjoy some vegan strawberries as we discuss intimacy's importance, affectionate Black masculinity, Julia's disappointing character arc, and, of course, the wr…
 
Hello, fellow butterflies and honeybees! One of the legends has come to visit us on this week's episode as we'll be discussing Just Above My Head by the ICONIC, James Baldwin! So sit back and enjoy some vegan strawberries as we discuss intimacy's importance, affectionate Black masculinity, Julia's disappointing character arc, and, of course, the wr…
 
You may not know tough but author Eli Cranor sure does in his debut, DON’T KNOW TOUGH, a book that S.A. Cosby calls, “…a searing and stunningly poignant study in what makes us and what breaks us and ultimately what brings us to a place of peace. Eli Cranor is that rare writer who can make you gasp, cry and cheer often in the same paragraph.” There’…
 
“While I was writing this book, I had the worst nightmares…” ~ S.A. Barnes about her science fiction horror book, DEAD SILENCE. In DEAD SILENCE, the crew of the LINA respond to a distress signal in space and it’s from a space liner that has been missing for twenty years…oof, hold onto your hats folks. Think Titanic meets Event Horizon. Yikes! S.A. …
 
What’s up with Facebook changing their name to “Meta”? What is the “Metaverse” and where did it originate? In this episode, we tackle Neal Stephenson’s book “Snow Crash”, which first conceived of the Metaverse. Join us as we discuss late-stage capitalism and its next technological frontier that aims to transform our lives as ones lived and experien…
 
Hello Cast of Colorful Characters, your dynamic duo is back for another hilarity filled episode! This week we are finishing off the steampunk, historical fiction, detective novel, A Master of the Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark. That's right folks join Marci and Ako as we traverse through an alternative 20th century Cairo and finally uncover the true ident…
 
Hello Cast of Colorful Characters, your dynamic duo is back for another hilarity filled episode! This week we are finishing off the steampunk, historical fiction, detective novel, A Master of the Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark. That's right folks join Marci and Ako as we traverse through an alternative 20th century Cairo and finally uncover the true ident…
 
“A glorious debut filled with characters grasping to find a place to belong in a world on the edge of change.” ~ Carol Rifka Brunt, bestselling author of Tell the Wolves I’m Home That quote right there is for THE WRONG KIND OF WOMAN, the debut by Sarah McCraw Crow. Virginia finds herself suddenly widowed one wintry day in the late 1970s, and her wo…
 
From Katy Regan, the author of Little Big Love (a huge favorite of mine) comes her latest, How to Find Your Way Home, a warm, life-affirming novel. When a sister discovers that the brother she hasn’t seen in more than a decade is homeless, she learns the true meaning of belonging when she tries to reconnect. How to Find Your Way Home is not to be m…
 
James Tiptree Jr. (spoiler alert!) is actually the pseudonym for Alice Sheldon, who in her cyberpunk short stories like “The Girl Who Was Plugged In”, addresses gender issues head on. The short story is snarky, crazy, fast-paced, and explicit in its criticism of rigid gender roles and clearly outlines the inevitable tragedies that result from it. I…
 
Hello, gumdrops! We are back from our graphic novel vacation with Hazel and friends and, chiiiile, do we have a book for you all?! This week, we're diving into the A M A Z I N G queer, North African-inspired fantasy called "A Master of Djinn" by P. Djèlí Clark! Enjoy some gluten-free strawberries as we discuss Egyptian cultural contexts, Fatma's am…
 
Hello, gumdrops! We are back from our graphic novel vacation with Hazel and friends and, chiiiile, do we have a book for you all?! This week, we're diving into the A M A Z I N G queer, North African-inspired fantasy called "A Master of Djinn" by P. Djèlí Clark! Enjoy some gluten-free strawberries as we discuss Egyptian cultural contexts, Fatma's am…
 
“OH MY GOD!” That’s what author/director/actress Leslie Zemeckis says about BENEATH THE STAIRS the debut by Jennifer Fawcett. And author Wendy Walker, author of Don’t Look for Me says, “In Beneath the Stairs, Jennifer Fawcett explores the lasting impact of childhood trauma in this metaphysical story about a house with buried secrets. An enthralling…
 
“Tlön, Uqbar and Orbis Tertius” is an almost prophetic short story by Jorge Luis Borges about reality and the experiment of thought. In this episode, we sit down with our valued guest Thomas to discuss this complex labyrinth of a story. In our conversation, we dive into the strange world of Uqbar and the even stranger world of Tlön. Read Tlön, Uqba…
 
Hello, colorful cast of characters! Your favorite duo is back and this week is a delightful fusion of two book clubs masquerading as podcasts -- that's right, we have on the hilarious, insightful, and wonderful, SJW Comic Book Club Podcast! And this week, we will be reading Bingo Love by Tee Franklin. So join Monte, Veronica, Melissa, Marci, and Ak…
 
The Martian meets Dark Matter in Edward Ashton’s high concept science fiction thriller, in which Mickey7, an “expendable,” refuses to let his replacement clone Mickey8 take his place. I sat down with Ed Ashton in November of 2021 to talk about his fabulous third novel, Mickey7. We talked about the Ship of Theseus, quantum physics, and yes, even som…
 
Roots: the connections we have with the natural environment around us; Trunk: the connections we have with each other; Crown: the connections we have with the mystical; Seeds: the hope that propagates life forward. “The Overstory” is a book that, through the structure of trees, expands the size of a singular human life and re-contextualizes the sca…
 
Hello dancersss! This week, we're back to finish our conversation on the BEAUTIFUL, LOVELY, ICONIC ASS TALE, A Time to Dance! No, but seriously, this book is so so soooo moving, please read it immediately. Anywho, do some gentle stretching and get cozy as we talk about Chandra's charisma, Veda's spiritual ascension, and whether or not Govinda will …
 
Hello dancersss! This week, we're back to finish our conversation on the BEAUTIFUL, LOVELY, ICONIC ASS TALE, A Time to Dance! No, but seriously, this book is so so soooo moving, please read it immediately. Anywho, do some gentle stretching and get cozy as we talk about Chandra's charisma, Veda's spiritual ascension, and whether or not Govinda will …
 
“Letters to Martin” is a book that, through the flow of twelve meditations on historical as well as present events, leads to an understanding of contemporary political struggles. Written as letters to Martin Luther King Jr., this book addresses many of the issues faced by millions of people across the country today — economic inequality, freedom of…
 
Hello, colorful cast of characters! Welcome back to the Colored Pages Book Club, that reoccurring auditory sitcom masquerading as a book club! This week, we are discussing Marci's pick, A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman. Join Marci and Ako as they discuss ableism, transcendental movement, Bharatanatyam dance, the meaning of bodies and movement, …
 
Hello, colorful cast of characters! Welcome back to the Colored Pages Book Club, that reoccurring auditory sitcom masquerading as a book club! This week, we are discussing Marci's pick, A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman. Join Marci and Ako as they discuss ableism, transcendental movement, Bharatanatyam dance, the meaning of bodies and movement, …
 
The Salaryman by Krys Lee is a painfully real rendition of what happened as the South Korean economy collapsed in the mid-1990s. The International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s strict bailout policy forced large lay-offs and what were once guaranteed jobs for people quickly disappeared. In this episode, we touch on Korea’s history and how it shaped the set…
 
Howdy, y'all...idk lol. Anyway, your favorite Internet play cousins are back for another episode, this time with friends! This week, we finish our conversation on the ethereal, lyrical, and truly ~gorgeous~ novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. And helping us in our discussion today are Nino and Ethan from Left Shelf Podcast--a podc…
 
Howdy, y'all...idk lol. Anyway, your favorite Internet play cousins are back for another episode, this time with friends! This week, we finish our conversation on the ethereal, lyrical, and truly ~gorgeous~ novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. And helping us in our discussion today are Nino and Ethan from Left Shelf Podcast--a podc…
 
In this episode, I spill all the tea. Here's the complete story. Why it began...and...how it ends. Spoiler Alert: Not a single one of the 51 guys stuck, and I'm very glad they didn't. This podcast is based upon my memoir Fifty First Dates. It's available wherever ebooks and paperbacks are sold. Instagram | Website | Amazon Music by JuliusH and vika…
 
In this episode, I spill all the tea. Here’s the complete story. Why it began…and…how it ends. Spoiler Alert: Not a single one of the 51 guys stuck, and I’m very glad they didn’t. This podcast is based upon my memoir Fifty First Dates. It’s available wherever ebooks and paperbacks are sold. Instagram | Website | Amazon Music by JuliusH and vikassin…
 
In this episode, I went on a date with The Foreigner. In his opening message, he said, "I am kinda authentic, real, and don’t like to cheat." Spoiler Alert: They're always the exact opposite of what they declare themselves to be. Also, the site of my first date was the same exact place as my fifty-first. This podcast is based upon my memoir Fifty F…
 
In this episode, I went on a date with The Foreigner. In his opening message, he said, “I am kinda authentic, real, and don’t like to cheat.” Spoiler Alert: They’re always the exact opposite of what they declare themselves to be. Also, the site of my first date was the same exact place as my fifty-first. This podcast is based upon my memoir Fifty F…
 
Hello, colorful cast of characters! Welcome back to another episode of this syncopated sound wave masquerading as a podcast. That's right, join the usual crew of Marci and Ako as they discuss part one of the poetic, beautiful, and perhaps... gorgeous queer Vietnamese-American novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong! A couple of trigg…
 
Hello, colorful cast of characters! Welcome back to another episode of this syncopated sound wave masquerading as a podcast. That's right, join the usual crew of Marci and Ako as they discuss part one of the poetic, beautiful, and perhaps... gorgeous queer Vietnamese-American novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong! A couple of trigg…
 
In this episode, I went on a date to see a one-man show by comedian Josh Sundquist, We Should Hang Out Sometime. It was a charming and funny show based upon his book of the same name. Unfortunately, my date didn't agree. This week I was also a guest on the podcast, Multiple Voices, hosted by Claudia Monacelli. This podcast is based upon my memoir F…
 
In this episode, I went on a date to see a one-man show by comedian Josh Sundquist, We Should Hang Out Sometime. It was a charming and funny show based upon his book of the same name. Unfortunately, my date didn’t agree. This week I was also a guest on the podcast, Multiple Voices, hosted by Claudia Monacelli. This podcast is based upon my memoir F…
 
Outline by Rachel Cusk tries to grasp personhood and identity in the midst of absence and loss through the (titular) outline of the narrator. The narrator tries to understand herself by understanding others. She listens to the stories about marriage and divorce, family, ambitions or even writing itself. In this episode, we discuss the stylistic and…
 
In this episode, I finally, finally, FINALLY end my situationship with Thunderbolt...almost. You'll have to listen to find out how it ended...then and once and for all. I promise you, I really believe it's over. This podcast is based upon my memoir Fifty First Dates. It's available wherever ebooks and paperbacks are sold. Instagram | Website | Amaz…
 
In this episode, I finally, finally, FINALLY end my situationship with Thunderbolt…almost. You’ll have to listen to find out how it ended…then and once and for all. I promise you, I really believe it’s over. This podcast is based upon my memoir Fifty First Dates. It’s available wherever ebooks and paperbacks are sold. Instagram | Website | Amazon M…
 
What it do? What it do?? Hi friends--whale lovers and allies alike--we're back for another episode of this magical show. This week, we're going to be finishing the beautiful, ancestral, and honestly kind of wild Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera! So, sit back and enjoy some vegan crab cakes as we discuss our wishes for the world, Koro Apirana's blatant …
 
What it do? What it do?? Hi friends--whale lovers and allies alike--we're back for another episode of this magical show. This week, we're going to be finishing the beautiful, ancestral, and honestly kind of wild Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera! So, sit back and enjoy some vegan crab cakes as we discuss our wishes for the world, Koro Apirana's blatant …
 
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