Kindergarten Valedictorian (QR 057)

April 11, 2023

This week, Tara comes to us from her sickbed. She’s down with Covid and wants us all to stay home when we think we have a cold, because sometimes it’s not “just a cold.” Kris reveals the classic literary novel she hates and shots are fired at baseball. A listener question also sends them deep down the rabbit hole of their reading and writing histories.

Official Recommendations

From Kris: Shrinking (Apple TV+)

This week, Kris brings us the television series Shrinking. The story follows a therapist dealing with the tragic loss of his partner, as he decides to take a new approach of giving brutal honesty to his clients.

From Tara: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Gender Queer is an autobiographical graphic novel from Maia Kobabe. It dives deep into the experience of growing up with gender dysphoria (and euphoria), asexuality and transness as a nonbinary person. Although this powerful, honest memoir doesn’t end neatly, it gives vital perspective to an identity and experience we need to support and protect now more than ever.

Works/People Discussed

  • Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan
  • The Trixie Belden books by Julie Campbell Tatham
  • The Bobbsey Twins books by Laura Lee Hope (pseudonym)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club novels by Ann M. Martin
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler
  • Jane Rule, author
  • And Playing the Role of Herself by K. E. Lane
  • Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West
  • The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya
  • Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
  • Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Danielle Steel, author
  • LaVyrle Spencer, author
  • Stephen King, author
  • Ted Lasso, Season Three (Apple TV+)
  • American Idol (Fox)
  • Alaska Daily (ABC)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season Fifteen (MTV)
  • Next in Fashion (Netflix)
  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
  • Suited (2016)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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