Popcorn Book Club

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A group of smart, funny friends meet together every week to talk about the book they’re reading—a book that just so happens to be incredibly buzzy and in the zeitgeist because it has an adaptation coming up on the big screen or via streaming. Because when everyone at work is talking about it, we want to be the smug ones who can say we actually read the book first. Hosted by Dana Schwartz, Jennifer Wright, Korama Danquah, Melissa Hunter, and Tien Tran. New episodes every Monday! 

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Lovecraft Country (Part 1)
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We don’t necessarily need to seek out literature to fill us with a creeping sense of existential dread, seeing as how we have… everything else happening right now. But there is something to be said for using horror to reclaim power. This week, we’re starting up a discussion of Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, now a series on HBO premiering August 17th. We’ll talk about the terrifying monsters hiding in the woods AND the ones right out in the open. Follow us on Twitter! @DanaSchwartzzz @JenAshleyWright @koramadrama @MelissaFTW and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina
Aug 10, 2020
Bonus! Food Court
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Dana and Korama's friendship goes back many years, and they have mutually decided to throw all that away for an episode of Food Court with Richard Blais. We're sharing an excerpt of this week's episode, a fight between french fries and sweet potato fries. Hear the full episode with Blais' final verdict here! And subscribe to Food Court with Richard Blais wherever you get your podcasts!
Aug 08, 2020
I Know This Much Is True (Part 5)
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Domenico's story is over, and Dominick is reckoning with the idea of redemption. Will he get the answers he's looking for? Let's find out! Follow us on Twitter! @DanaSchwartzzz @JenAshleyWright @koramadrama @MelissaFTW and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina Next week, we're starting a new book, Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff.
Aug 06, 2020
I Know This Much Is True (Part 4)
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You know how grandparents are normally sweet and adorable? Okay, well throw all that out the window. This episode we’ll continue our discussion of Wally Lamb’s novel I Know This Much Is True. We’re diving into the story of Domenico Onofrio Tempesta, the grandfather of the Birdsey twins. Things get weird. Follow us on Twitter! @DanaSchwartzzz @JenAshleyWright @koramadrama @MelissaFTW and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina We'll wrap up our discussion of I Know This Much Is True a little later this week and then we'll be starting Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff.
Aug 03, 2020
I Know This Much Is True (Part 3)
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We are deep in the middle of this story about anger and sadness but we are here for you, friends! We’re continuing our discussion of I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, now a series on HBO. This week we finally get a peek into Dominico’s memoirs! And they are… something. Follow us on Twitter! @DanaSchwartzzz @JenAshleyWright @koramadrama @MelissaFTW and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina Next week we will conclude our discussion of I Know This Much Is True with the final chapters of the book.
Jul 27, 2020
I Know This Much Is True (Part 2)
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It's tragedy bingo from our friend, Wally Lamb. Infant death, child pornography, rape, murder, suicide... am I missing anything? Follow us on Twitter! @DanaSchwartzzz @JenAshleyWright @koramadrama @MelissaFTW and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina Next week, we'll wrap up chapters 15 - 30 if you want to keep up.
Jul 20, 2020
I Know This Much Is True (Part 1)
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I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb is getting an HBO adaptation with two Mark Ruffalos (double Ruffali!) so dive into the tragic story of the Birdsey twins. Follow us on Twitter! @DanaSchwartzzz @JenAshleyWright @koramadrama @MelissaFTW and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina Next week, we'll cover chapters 15-30.
Jul 13, 2020
Normal People (Part 2)
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We finish up Normal People, and trace Marianne and Connell's strange intimacy to its end. Next time, we're reading I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, chapters 1–15 in case you want to read along.
Jul 06, 2020
Normal People: Smooshing Hot People's Faces Together (Part 1)
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It's the very first episode of our show about books that have been getting the Hollywood treatment! Our first read: Normal People by Sally Rooney, now a series on Hulu. Read along with us! Or don't — this isn't English class, we won't tell. In the first part of our discussion, we talk Marianne at high school, and why we'll never forgive Connell for not taking her to Debs. Follow us on Twitter! @DanaSchwartzzz @JenAshleyWright @koramadrama @MelissaFTW and Tien has wisely gotten off Twitter but is on Insta @hanktina (Our next book will be I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb if you want to read along)
Jun 29, 2020
Introducing: Popcorn Book Club
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A group of smart, funny friends meet together every week to talk about the book they’re reading—a book that just so happens to be incredibly buzzy and in the zeitgeist because it has a big screen adaptation coming up. Because when everyone at work is talking about it, we want to be the smug ones who can say we actually read the book first. 
Jun 17, 2020