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Episode 36 - Fanta C

If you follow us on social media you've already seen this episode - we released a Very Special Plague Episode back in May (when WAS May?  Did we have a May?  What happened in May?  Am I thinking of June?  Time has no meaning!) on YouTube, so you could see our beautiful faces!  We're now releasing just the audio, because many of you never saw the YouTube version and just subscribe via a podcast app.  You can get both versions here!  I recommend the YouTube one just because I wore my finest housecoat for you.


It sounds like that because we did it on Zoom.  By this time, y'all should be used to this.

Welcome to Sandra Brown's Fanta-C, which should have been a sweet contemporary romance from the 80's but is actually kind of fucking disturbing in the weirdest and most unexpected way.  Meet Elizabeth, a prissy lady who wears pantyhose and slips and owns a store that sells potpourri for your mistress, and Thad (THAD!), a silver fox who has puppies at his house.  This is a…

Episode 28 - Morning Glory


She's barefoot and pregnant!  He's... awfully close to barefoot!  It's Georgia!  It's 1940!  Chickens!  Old cars!  Manual water pumps!  Dooryards!  BEES!  omg bees


It's LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory, a book about not much in particular except the deep meaning of the heart until there's a war and then a... murder framin'?  This book has no nonconsensual sex but it does have a lot of discussion of childhood trauma, the past-tense murder of a sex worker, and some seriously weird slut shaming and then murdering of another woman which is really tonally weird and we expected better of you, LaVyrle.

We read this book because Amazing Human Beverly Jenkins mentioned LaVyrle in a list she so graciously gave us of vintage romances she really liked back when we did our episode on Night Song.  In the future I won't wait that long to listen to the lady because this book is so good except when it makes such weird choices in the last act.

And there's a MOVIE!  Starring, of all people, Christopher Reeve!  Which is incredibly weird casting!  It's one of those weird things you can either rent on Amazon for three bucks or you can watch on the more oddball free streaming places - Tubi, evidently.  Somebody watch us and tell us, wtf Christopher Reeve?  Like he's hot but I don't see him and think "rawboned country boy who probably killed a Texas whore", do you?  It's got a solid... 57% on Rotten Tomatoes with no critic score whatsoever, so clearly we need to find out.

In this episode we discussed Michael Twitty's book The Cooking Gene and this article in the Bitter Southerner, "Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors."  It's a fantastic article and you should read it.

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