Ben gets judge-y
Novel Ideas makes its return after too long away. This episode is about Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, a story about a quirky quirkster and a sad sack in a wheelchair. In this one we discuss ableism, depression, class, and assisted suicide, subjects which may cause you to feel icky. We also talk about our obscure theories (this book is secretly an eff you to rich people, this book is an anti-athlete author tract), what constitutes “a thing” (the internet, disabled people, therapy), why career counselors probably shouldn’t push you towards stripping, and that brief moment where Ben gets super judge-y.
The music bump is “The Queen Bee” by Sammy Nestico as performed by the Count Basie band.
Our recommendation: Reads easily enough, but you’ll feel icky if you think too hard about it.
Ben: 5/10 on the initial read, 3/10 by the time Gabs and I were done talking about it.
Gabs: 3/10 after we talked about it.
Holy crap, one of us did some research for this episode! Here are a couple of links that Gabs referenced:
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