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The Book Report: Episode 28: ‘As I Lay Dying’ and ‘The Scarlet Letter’

By posted at 12:00 pm on August 14, 2015 2

covercoverWelcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike present the second installment of Back 2 School, in which they read books they never got around to reading in high school. This time, Janet slogs through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and Mike has a much better time with William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

Discussed in this episode: pet names, dark humor, the Coen Brothers, unembalmed corpses, Weekend at Bernie’s (dir. Ted Kotcheff), Dune by Frank Herbert, boring-ass love affairs, pale trembling men, sex scenes, Hester Prynne, pastors, The Martian by Andy Weir, Colin Dickey.

Discussed in this episode but cut for time: Mike making fun of Colin Dickey for 47 straight minutes. Don’t worry. It’ll be an extra on the DVD.

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2 Responses to “The Book Report: Episode 28: ‘As I Lay Dying’ and ‘The Scarlet Letter’”

  1. Alexander Glendinning
    at 6:52 am on August 17, 2015

    This is embarrassing- what a deplorable slander of a greatly insightful work on the social and religious conditions of the United States!
    DON’T BOTHER READING with such lazy and pompous attitudes.

  2. Gary
    at 7:33 am on August 17, 2015

    “And what is the use of a book” thought Alice “without pictures or conversations?”

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