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Bummin' in the 'Burbs: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 60


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This week Gwen and Frank tackle wonderlands, "What Girls are Made Of," mid-life crisises, and no easy ways out...

Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses
Tale of Tales directed by Matteo Garrone and the Italian fairy tales of Giambattista Barile (1575-1632) which predate the Brothers Grimm by 200 years!


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I really enjoyed this podcast

I really enjoyed this podcast. I thought the book selections were excellent and seem to be very relate-able for all ages. I'm really looking forward to reading these and seeing if my opinions/analysis matches up. I'm very curious about when, during Franks analysis of Small Hours, where the conversation would have turned if they had more time to discuss. This is pure conjecture but It seemed to me that Gwen was ready to make a comment about her feelings toward the theme of infidelity in the book when she cut her sentence off midway (or maybe it was edited out). I would have really loved to hear the rest of what she was going to say. I felt that she was really into hearing about the book until Frank revealed that Tom was unfaithful to his wife. Knowing that now, how would that change her experience going into the book or if she would rather not read it at all due to that particular content.

interesting observation

Hi, Charity - thanks for your comment. I don't remember exactly where I was going when I started that sentence, but I know I was thinking about how infidelity tends to be a theme of men's narratives about midlife crises, and that was exactly what I expected when Frank began describing the main character. I'm still curious about the book and still would like to read it!

Tale of Tales

I just watched this movie based on your recommendation, Frank, and loved it! Just gorgeous. And I have requested a book of Giambattista Barile's fairy tales through my public library. I am an academic librarian, but still enjoy your podcast.

So glad!

I am so thrilled you like the movie - beautiful right? Dreamy, surreal and brutal. I've been reading some of the fairy tales and they are amazing - as you would know, so much information - about human nature and human foibles - is all in there! Thanks for enjoying the podcast!

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