The Book I Read: Frankenstein Forever

Hey there! Welcome back to the Book I Read with Michael Jarmer Writer Guy—that’s still me—a podcast/blog series where I talk about books and reading, writing, listening, teaching and learning. It’s September, the leaves are coming down, the nights are getting cool, and the Halloween holiday is fast approaching—Thanksgiving and Christmas too, apparently, by theContinue reading “The Book I Read: Frankenstein Forever”

The Book I Read: Time Is Not On Your Side

Books discussed in this blog entry and its accompanying podcast: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, by Oliver Burkeman, Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway by Robin Black. What follows is the text of the podcast–with the omission of the short reading fromContinue reading “The Book I Read: Time Is Not On Your Side”

The Book I Read: Michael Jarmer Writer Guy Returns for Season 2!

Jesus, take the wheel! I confess: it’s been eight months since my last podcast. I also confess it has been difficult if not impossible since the turn of the new year to commit time and energy toward The Book I Read, eight episodes in before it was essentially frozen in its tracks. I offer thisContinue reading “The Book I Read: Michael Jarmer Writer Guy Returns for Season 2!”

The Book I Read: Charles Dickens Says What? A Christmas Carol

Listen to the podcast version of this blog entry here! First, I have a supposition, a theory, a hypothesis: Essentially, we’d have to be living under a rock not to know the story of the famous Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol. Right? We’ve seen the Albert Finney, the George C. Scott. We’ve seen the muppetsContinue reading “The Book I Read: Charles Dickens Says What? A Christmas Carol”

The Book I Read: I Got the Music in Me–Talking Heads 77 and Annie Kim’s Award Winning Eros, Unbroken

Listen to the podcast version of this blog entry! I’m writing ’bout the book I read I have to sing about the book I read I’m embarassed to admit it hit the soft spot in my heart When I found out you wrote the book I read David Byrne, from “The Book I Read,” TalkingContinue reading “The Book I Read: I Got the Music in Me–Talking Heads 77 and Annie Kim’s Award Winning Eros, Unbroken”

The Book I Read: I Had An Idea–The Failed Magic Mountain Reaction Videos and a Redemptive Attempt at Podcasting Instead

Listen to the podcast version of this blog entry! In the summer of 2020, the pandemic beginning to rage, after a school year shut down 3 quarters of the way through, trying not to think about what the next school year might look like, I had a creative impulse. Inspired by a number of whatContinue reading “The Book I Read: I Had An Idea–The Failed Magic Mountain Reaction Videos and a Redemptive Attempt at Podcasting Instead”

The Book I Read: Works Unfinished, Finishing the Appalachian Book of the Dead, and a Prayer for October

Listen to the Podcast version of this blog entry here! True confession: I often abandon books before I finish them. Sometimes I go back, sometimes I never do. The reasons for the abandonment vary–but rarely, is it because I am disinterested. Only a couple of times have I ever stopped reading because I thought theContinue reading “The Book I Read: Works Unfinished, Finishing the Appalachian Book of the Dead, and a Prayer for October”

The Book I Read: Wisdom Lit, the Power of Allusion, Lincoln in the Bardo, and the President’s Hat

As a student of literature, always a beginner, and one interested in a wide variety of wisdom literature or philosophical texts, certain books of historical and literary significance have crossed my radar, have maybe even made it into the home library, but have never been read, you know, famous philosophical or spiritual texts like theContinue reading “The Book I Read: Wisdom Lit, the Power of Allusion, Lincoln in the Bardo, and the President’s Hat”

The Book I Read: Podcasts (Apparently, They’re Not All That Easy To Do)

Recently, Sara Silverman did a stint as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live. One of the last bits in one of her monologues was an uproariously funny satire on the proliferation of podcasts in the world. It was brilliant. I laughed out loud, but it also made me seriously self-conscious. The bit was framedContinue reading “The Book I Read: Podcasts (Apparently, They’re Not All That Easy To Do)”