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Episode 45: Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

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This week we welcome back our friend Katherine Hill–author of The Violet Hour, and apparently our designated lady correspondent–who forced us to read Doris Lessing’s seminal 1962 novel (seminal means super-long, right?). It’s possible Katherine is trying to punish us for not properly appreciating Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? back in episode 15.


At least one of us actually finished this week’s novel (the other of us feels that he got the gist). We talk about communism, novels of ideas, Joan Didion, cancer awareness, and Wawa milkshakes.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file and do with it what you will. Or! Check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free!) and never miss another episode. While you’re there, please consider writing us a quick review and giving us a rating. That’ll help us reach more listeners. And tell all your book-lovin’ friends about the show!

Please do check out Katherine’s book–we’re including a link at the bottom of this post so you can buy it at Powell’s. We give her a hard time, but she’s a really phenomenal writer, and worthy of your reading time. And if you buy her book through Powell’s, a little money will come back to us, to help support the show you (presumably) love.

Thanks for listening!


Download Episode 45

The Violet Hour
by Katherine Hill


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One thought on “Episode 45: Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

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