Ratcatcher (The Criterion Collection)

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The Book Report: Episode 2: Potemkin Pies and ‘Our Secret Life In the Movies’

Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! In this holiday-themed episode, Janet Potter and Michael Schaub discuss the two most important things about Thanksgiving: movies and pie. Janet recommends three pie cookbooks: The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie by Paula Haney, The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen, and Pies and Tarts for Dinner and Dessert by Stephane Reynaud. Meanwhile, Michael, who only knows how to make one kind of pie (chocolate-pecan-bourbon) talks about Our Secret Life in the Movies by Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree.

Also discussed in this episode: aspirational baking, rhubarb pie, Janet’s mockery of people from France and Texas, confirmation bias, Potemkin pies, The Criterion Collection, the 1980s, Ronald Reagan, Ratcatcher (dir. Lynne Ramsay), George Washington (dir. David Gordon Green), Antichrist (dir. Lars von Trier), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (dir. Steve Carr), The Beastie Boys, David Letterman, and — we all saw this coming — Axl Rose.

Not discussed in this episode: cakes, quick breads, those French cookies Proust was always droning on about, Ashton Kutcher, pogs, George Washington (the dude, not the movie), yams, ThanksKilling (dir. Jordan Downey), and Izzy Stradlin.

Thanks for stopping by, and from all of us at The Book Report and The Millions, have a happy Thanksgiving. Unless you’re in Canada. You had your shot in October. Not everything’s about you, all right?

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