Book Babies (QR 065)

August 15, 2023

Kris celebrates the birth of her new book… baby. Book babies are a thing, right? The book is called Cherish. You should check it out when it drops in September.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, Kris reveals the winning strategy to make it through the survival reality show, Alone. Tara and Kris discuss their troubled history with Mus musculus (the common house mouse), as well as the extent to which they will allow their home to be “hacked.”

Programming note: the actors and writers unions currently on strike in the United States have asked for podcasts to not review or promote “struck” work, and we at Queerly Recommended stand with union asks. So until the strike ends you’ll be getting fewer movies and scripted TV series from us, and more books, documentaries, video games, etc.

Official Recommendations

From Kris: Nothing Compares (2022)

This week, Kris recommends the documentary, Nothing Compares, which details Sinead O’Connor’s rise and fall in the public sphere, surrounding her infamous appearance on SNL when she ripped up a photo of the Pope. There is a lot to her struggle and her history that Kris didn’t know before this documentary and she wishes she’d paid more attention sooner. Sinead O’Connor was a defiant, powerful, liberatory artist. The world is lesser without her in it.

From Tara: Blackward by Lawrence Lindell

Rounding it off, Tara recommends the graphic novel, Blackward by Lawrence Lindell, which will be released this September. It’s about a group of black queer people trying to create community for themselves and others like them, and the challenges they face along the way.

Blackward is written in African American Vernacular English. If you are not familiar with it, check out this quick primer to better your reading experience of this wonderful book.

Works/People Discussed

  • Crush by Ana Hartnett Reichardt
  • Alone (History)
  • Hack My Home (Netflix)
  • The Last of Us (HBO)
  • Diablo IV (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Venba (Visai Games)

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