Reading Recommendations (from Strangers) Based on How Much You Like to Cry

woman_cryingThe weather’s gross, work is gross, life is gross. Faced with these facts of life I decided to ask strangers on middle path for book recommendations that might make me cry. Here’s what they said:

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Lit Lit: Jurassic Park

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Hello it is I, the irresponsible goblin! And this is Lit Lit, a segment I host where I get someone lit and we talk about books, and also, a full-fledged excuse to get drunk on a weekday, which I can do here because of Keynesian makework or something. This week, I had the pleasure of talking to Hannah Violins about a classic work of literature, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (pronounced Cry-tin). Hannah’s dialogue will be in plain old type, and actions will be in italics. Continue reading

Lit Lit: Turtles All the Way Down

Lit Lit: Turtles All the Way Down

Lit Lit is a segment here on The Thrill in which I get someone lit (yup) and then that someone chooses a work of literature and gives me a summary and quick discussion of the themes of that work. This time I had the pleasure of talking about, yes, you read that right, Turtles All the Way Down by our very own John Green, with who I will refer to throughout as Mackerel Rough.  Dialogue is written in plain old font, our actions in italics.

What is John Green’s highly reviewed book Turtles All the Way Down all about?

MR: So I must first put out a disclaimer that I am somewhat embarrassed to have bought the book, but I had to buy it, or else sixteen year old me would have been mad at me. Do you know what I mean though? I bought it at the bookstore, it was signed and everything. It was also 20% off which is pretty good for a hardcover. And like I have all his other books. I had to.

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Lit Lit: Kelly Link

Lit Lit: Kelly Link

Lit Lit is…well…I get someone lit (interpret that as you will) and we talk about lit(erature). Continuing my theme from last time, I had the pleasure of getting two people lit, Justin Martin and Robyn Robyn-Robyn to talk about two books, Magic for Beginners and Get In Trouble by Kelly Link, an author of fantasy and magical realism. They are two spooky short story collections for this spooky Halloween edition of Lit Lit. Our dialogue is written in plain old font, action in italics.

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Lit Lit: The Argonauts

Lit Lit: The Argonauts

“I would give my life for The Thrill. WRITE THAT DOWN.” –Corn Mush

WE’RE ALL BOATS

Lit Lit is a segment I host here on The Thrill in which I get someone lit (interpret that as you will) and then that someone chooses a work of literature and gives me a summary and quick discussion of the themes of that work. This time, I had the pleasure of getting two people lit, who will be referred to throughout as Tomato Rake, and Corn Mush. Both Tomato and Corn will be talking with me about The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, a work of “autotheory” which I will soon find out what that means. Our dialogue is written in plain old font, our actions in italics. Continue reading

Lit Lit: Frankenstein

Lit Lit is a new segment I will be hosting in which I get someone lit, and then that someone chooses a work of literature and gives me a summary and quick discussion of the themes of that work. This week I had the pleasure of getting a friend of mine lit, who will be referred to throughout as Nasty Willow, to discuss Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. I was joined by another companion who chose to go by “Mary Shelley’s Lesbian Lover,” as we discussed the work in a sunny graveyard. Nasty Willow’s dialogue is in Times New Roman, all action is written in italics.

Summary

Victor Frankenstein….that’s not how the book starts. Begin–We’re on a ship. And it’s a series of letters from. Arctic explorer? Robert Walton! Okay.

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