My friend Emily joined me to talk about Maya Angelou’s most famous work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. And I’m not sure how I did it, but even with my two weeks in Spain and being part of a wedding this past weekend, I managed to get this edited and online for June! I’m mostly glad that I was able to incorporate my “real” transitions and sound effects this time!
This was a very interesting book to talk about, especially with the current climate surrounding race relations, police brutality and institutionalized racism. We were very upfront about the fact that we were two white kids hanging out in a nicer “suburb” of Boston and that we’d each grown up in specific neighborhoods.
In addition to going off on a tangent about the most embarrassing book/movie we’ve cried over, we talked about all of these books too:
- Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
- Persuasion – Jane Austen
- The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer
- The New Jedi Order: Star by Star – Troy Denning
- William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Ian Doescher
- The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison*
- Still Alice – Lisa Genova
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
- Harry Potter – JK Rowling
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
- The Color Purple – Alice Walker
- All The King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
- Glass Castle – Jeanette Wells
*I made the mistake of saying that I didn’t read any black authors in high school and I was wrong about this. After recording I realized that Ralph Ellison was black, as was Zora Neale Hurston. I vaguely remember Their Eyes Were Watching God, but I definitely need to re-read it.
I have made no progress on my next episode, but considering I edited this one and had it posted within 24 hours I have faith! As usual, if you have any thoughts or ideas feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!