Brendan Kerner’s The Skies Belong to Us – Enthusiasticast Episode 88

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Mark is enthusiastic about Brendan Kerner’s skyjacking nonfiction The Skies Belong to Us.  It’s our first live show! Mark and Jon record in the same room for the first time ever. (We’d fooled you, hadn’t we?) This episode we also talk about our most notable takeaways from the unplanned ‘hiatus year’, and–and!–we fulfill our long ago promise to each read a book  recommended by the other that is outside our comfort zones. Oh, they were.

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New Old Episodes From The Vault

We recorded some episodes in 2011/12 that we have FINALLY posted. If you are interested, they can be found in the feed and at the following links:

  • Episode 84: To Jon, Sweden becomes like MiddleEarth and Liam Nesson Punches a Wolf
  • Episode 82: Jon is enthusiastic about Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments
  • Episode 80: We were thrilled to have Taylor Stevens be enthusiastic on the show; not so thrilled by our own abilities.
  • We saw Thor and talked about it — two years later, I am sure there was a reason, I just can’t remember what that was.

 

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Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Enthusiasticast Episode 87

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Mark is enthusiastic about Neil Gaiman’s latest The Ocean at the End of the Lane. We also discuss whether Brad Pitt is entitled to a victory lap for his adaptation of a show-favourite novel, Max Brooks’ World War Z. We cover:

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Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken – Enthusiasticast Episode 86

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Jon endorses Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.

We also mention:

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Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow – Enthusiasticast Episode 85

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Mark feels the love for the godfather of soul behavioural economic theory.

We mention:

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Jens Lapidus’ Easy Money (Snabba Cash) – Enthusiasticast Episode 84

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Jon endorses Jens Lapidus’ Easy Money

We also mention:

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Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money – Enthusiasticast Episode 83

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Mark is enthusiastic about the Stephanie Plum novels.

There was a (gasp!) delay between recording and posting this episode, so a lot of the books that we talk about as ‘coming soon’ are now, in fact, ‘out recently’ and in some cases ‘out quite a while ago’. We’re still excited about them, though.

We talk about:

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Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments – Enthusiasticast Episode 82

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John endorses Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments

We also chat about:

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Max Brooks’ World War Z — Enthusiasticast Episode 81

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Mark endorses Max Brooks’ World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

(A note on pronunciation: Mark and I are both Canadian and so pronounce the letter ‘Z’ as ‘zed’, however, that completely ruins the wordplay of the title of Brooks’ book, so we played along and used the American pronunciation.)

We also discussed:

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Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox — Enthusiasticast Episode 80

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Special guest Taylor Stevens endorses Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox.

There is a story behind this episode.

It was recorded right before Christmas in 2011. I really dug The Informationist. I was super keen to chat with Taylor. The second Vanessa Munroe book was on the way. I emailed her and she graciously agreed to come on the show. Jon and I both read The Innocent. The day came. We called Taylor. The phone connection was horrible. WE made her change phones. Twice. The connection still wasn’t great. Jon and I fumbled some questions. You can hear the motor in my fridge turn on at one point. We talked anyway. As you can hear from the recording she’s great — an absolute pleasure to interview — and so modest about her meteoric blast to the top of the bestseller list. It was so good we talked for a while after I stopped recording.

So the conversation was a big high. The quality of the show was embarrassingly low.

I fussed with it a bit. I was hoping that I could clean up the audio somehow. When nothing worked I gave up in despair. The files stayed on my system in a shambles. The show went on an unplanned hiatus. The worst of it is I then did nothing. I deeply regret not at least emailing Taylor to let her know what a disaster it all was. I was too ashamed so if you read this Taylor I am so sorry.

With that said, Taylor’s new book The Doll, landed this summer, and she has a fourth on the way next year. She clearly hasn’t missed a beat.

The show, edited to my best ability, is attached.

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