We welcome Kathleen Jennings back to the podcast while Guan takes a break. Kathleen talks about the YA book that all the booksellers are raving about: Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue; Bec reminisces and raves about the music of Ani diFranco; Karen finds lots to like about Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance; and the takehome point is that everyone should go to Genrecon.
Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley).
84 Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff).
Looking for Alibrandi (Melina Marchetta).
Tam Lin (Pamela Dean).
Black Books. Here’s a taste of Bernard Black’s customer service:
Avid Reader Bookshop in Brisbane.
Pulp Fiction Books in Brisbane.
Kinkouniya in Sydney.
Gleebooks in Sydney.
Live at Paste: Since the US election results, I keep thinking of her song “Your Next Bold Move”, which she wrote during the George W Bush era. She plays it beautifully here.
I erroneously said in the podcast that it was Canon (2007) I listened to when I was in Malaysia, but it was actually her iTunes Originals Session (2008), which was so great because she also gave little intros to most of the songs.
Ani has such a huge back catalogue, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are a few of my favourites (but it’s by no means a comprehensive list; so much depends on my mood, and Ani seems to have a song for every mood …):
This whole album is just an epoch of my life—an impossible mix of quiet, dark, bombastic, angry, raw, beautiful, sweary and amazing. Probably one that would best represent the subculture of Ani fans in the 90s.
“Providence” from To The Teeth (1999), featuring Prince.
It’s a narrow margin, just room enough for regret
In the inch-and-a-half between “hey how ya been?” and “can I kiss you yet?”
“Up up up up up up” from Up up up up up up (1999)
Mood: quietly optimistic.
Half of learning how to play is learning what not to play and
she’s learning the spaces she leaves have their own things to say
Probably my favourite of her albums.
Mood: fun, cheeky, wistful, melancholy—there’s a whole sweep of moods on this double album (probably why I like it so much)
“Evolve” from Evolve (2003)
It took me too long to realize that I don’t take good pictures
’cause I have the kind of beauty that moves
“Present/Infant” from Red Letter Year (2008)
I love this whole song for its positive vibe and the love with which it was obviously written, as she works through body image stuff so she can be a good mother to her daughter.
(Be warned: the show contains adult content and swearing.)
Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden on Netflix.
What we’re working on
“The Swedish Method”: Peter Blowes explains how this method of Bible study works.
GenreCon: 10-12 November 2017, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.