Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike have “Seven Millions Questions” with Alina Simone, author of the new Madonnaland: And Other Detours into Fame and Fandom.
Discussed in this episode: Madonna, existential angst, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, libertarian cultists, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides, explorers, Antarctica, Mt. Everest, New York, George Washington De Long, jealousy, Jonah Lehrer, Cat Power, “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna.
Not discussed in this episode: Mike’s bizarre insistence that Shanghai Surprise (dir. Jim Goddard) is an underrated movie. (Yeah, we don’t get it either.)