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A Year in Reading: The Book Report

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Welcome to a very special episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! In this episode, Janet and Mike get into the holiday spirit by discussing their literary regrets. Also, check out their Christmas trees!

Discussed in this episode: “My Way” by Paul Anka, Festivus, Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dune by Frank Herbert (which still sucks), Dune (dir. David Lynch), unearned positive reviews, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, book critic detectives, The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, Elena Ferrante.

Cut for time from this episode: We riffed on Dune for a good 15 minutes.

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The Book Report: Episode 25: We Hate ‘Dune’

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Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike discuss Dune, both the Frank Herbert novel and the David Lynch film adaptation. They are not terribly impressed!

Discussed in this episode: Dune by Frank Herbert, Dune (dir. David Lynch), people sitting around tables talking about crap, sand worms, genre fiction, Kyle MacLachlan, the Kwisatz Haderach, Patrick Stewart, pugs.

Cut for time from this episode: about 45 minutes of Janet and Mike bitterly complaining about having to read this book and watch this movie, sharply negative comments about Sting’s acting ability or lack thereof, the increasingly uncomfortable look on Dean Stockwell’s face as he slowly realized that he signed up for this trainwreck of a movie, David Foster Wallace’s thoughts on Kyle MacLachlan.

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