The Book Report: Episode 5: ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’

January 9, 2015 | 2 books mentioned 4

Happy New Year, everybody, and welcome back to The Book Report presented by The Millions! We hope that all of you had a great 2014. But we know you didn’t, because 2014 was a stupid garbage year, and nothing good happened, except the founding of The Book Report presented by The Millions, which ruled, but otherwise, let’s just all agree never to discuss 2014 ever again. Moving on!

covercovercoverDiscussed in this episode: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, Bob Marley, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, profanity, destination weddings, violence, Cool Runnings (dir. Jon Turteltaub), Roberto Bolaño, William T. Vollmann.

Not discussed in this episode: For the first time in this show’s history, there is actually nothing not discussed in this episode. Somehow, we actually talk about literally everything. And it’s only, like, five minutes! Honestly, we’re just as surprised as you are.

The Book Report is everyone's favorite weekly, literary show. Hosted by Janet Potter and Michael Schaub.


  1. A hearty thank you to both Janet and Michael for talking about what I consider to be the most under-talked-about book of 2014. I just finished it a few weeks ago myself, and it’s been stuck on my mind ever since.

    One of the best things I can say about it is that by the novel’s finale, you’ll have inhabited the worlds of Kingston, outer Miami (as an aside: this might be the only book I’ve ever read to mention Miramar…), and Bushwick so fully that you’ll believe the scenes you just read are your own real-life memories, or at least the hauntings of Sir Arthur George Jennings’s ghost, who just won’t leave you alone.

  2. 2014 was definitely the year literature croaked. Period of decadence. 2013 wasn’t much better. 2015? We shall see. Hopefully my own work will take off by then to save us all.

  3. Your book report really makes me curious about A Brief History…. Somewhere it has been described as a combination of Tarantino, Oliver Stone and William Faulkner. If that’s the case, I should get it as soon as possible.

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