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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Bestseller Month concludes with… No, wait, I mean Banned Book Month begins with… Oh, right. BOTH of things happen this week on the Novel Ideas podcast with The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is a YA book that has been frequently banned or challenged due mostly to the content of the whole book. Holy smokes, there are some issues in this one. In this episode we cover: child molestation, autism, bad cycles, and teen sex. We also talk about Charlie’s similarity to Martians, pothead humor, essay writing, and the lack of sexual tension between step-siblings.

The music bump is “Asleep” by The Smiths. Read the book if you want to know why.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – A Well Known Phenomenon

Recommendations:

Gabs – 7.5/10. An interesting read with a few minor flaws.

Ben – 9/10. Possibly my favorite podcast book of year 2.

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Hills Like White Elephants

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This week we’re trying something a little different. Since we’re putting two weeks between podcasts due to the length of our next book, we recorded a little mini-episode about a short story, “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway. If you haven’t read it, do so now. It almost takes less time than reading this little news post. And the whole text is online for free in various places. Go now. Are you back? Good. Let’s see what you think.

The music bump is “Brick” by Ben Folds Five for reasons of thematic unity.

39 – Hills Like White Elephants – Not a Wacky Gift Exchange

Brave New World

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This week’s episode features Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, the science fiction classic about a scientific utopia. Or possibly dystopia. This book is weaker on characters than many of the books we’ve read, but it is full of issues, many of them more relevant than ever in today’s world. We touch on feminism, racism, sexuality, eugenics, consumerism, and religion. And, of course, zippers. Zippers are amazing. Because they are THE FUTURE. There are also some bad puns, the usual level of silliness, and a small amount of modest self-promotion. We think you will find it quite pneumatic.

The music bump is “Brave New World” by Styx, chosen not just for the obvious title tie-in, but at least a small amount of lyrical relevance. Hang out for an extra twenty seconds at the end of the podcast and see if you agree.

28 – Brave New World – Quite Pneumatic

It may not be obvious because of the size of the picture, but the header this week is from an edition of the book that had an egg with a zipper on the cover. The reason we chose this image should be quite obvious by the time you’re about twenty minutes into this episode.