Book Club with Julia and Victoria
Book Club with Julia and Victoria
Julia Clausen and Victoria Bruick
Welcome to Book Club With Julia and Victoria, the podcast for book friends! If you just finished a book and HAVE to talk about it with someone, if you’re a casual reader looking for book recs, or if you’re the type of deep thinker who has formative memories of their high school English teacher, you’re in the right place. We believe a good book can come from anywhere, so we read classics and recent releases, bestsellers and little-known gems. But ultimately, this podcast is for the books we just can’t shut up about.
122 How High We Go In the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu — Throw the Baby
Julia and Victoria conclude that How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu is a very good book–Julia is just sad.
Jan 5
121 Whale by Cheon Myeong-kwan — Gossip and the Grotesque
Julia and Victoria grapple with the grotesque narrative choices in Whale by Cheon Myeong-Kwan, translated by Chi-young Kim. Julia incorrectly uses the word “epigraph” when she means “epitaph” approximately 25 times.
Dec 13, 2023
120 Eight Billion Genies by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne — What Would You Wish For?
Julia and Victoria try to decipher the rules of Eight Billion Genies, the newest comic book series from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne, because Julia likes rules. They also learn about how one random French guy playing fast and loose with a One Thousand and One Nights translation made up most of what the “Western” world “knows” about “genies.” Tale as old as time.
Nov 12, 2023
119 The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow— People Have Always Been People
Julia and Victoria are surprised to find hope and belonging in a new story of humanity with The Dawn of Everything by “the Davids” (Graeber and Wengrow), the anthropological clapback to Sapiens by Harrari.
Oct 28, 2023
118 Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu — The One with the Lesbian Vampire
Julia is truly bamboozled, Victoria embraces that she is a vampire girlie, and they both dig into the context of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla, edited with commentary by the absolute legend Carmen Maria Machado.
Oct 23, 2023
117 Beyond the Story by BTS & Kang Myeong-seok — A Memoir or an Official Wiki?
A Suga bias (Julia), a Jungkook bias (special guest RJ), a V bias (special guest Adam), and a person who knows almost nothing about K-pop (Victoria) have a spirited conversation about the style and silences of Beyond the Story: A 10-Year Record of BTS by Kang Myeong-seok and translated by Anton Hur, Clare Richards, and Slin Jung. There are… emotions.
Sep 29, 2023
Bonus: Creativity Under Capitalism with Nate Ragolia
Julia and Victoria get into the weeds of cultivating a creative life while also having to pay bills with Nate Ragolia—writer, podcaster, and publisher at Spaceboy Books. They also decide which zoo animals they would be.
Sep 17, 2023
116 The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin — ‘70s Sci-Fi in Context
Exploring anarchism, feminism, and the Cold War, Julia and Victoria unpack the context of The Dispossessed by the brilliant and sassy Ursula K. Le Guin. Join for the sci-fi, stay for Barbenheimer, alien Jesus, and a confusion of Ursulas. Also Julia has minor microphone problems. (She sincerely apologizes).
Aug 25, 2023
115 The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki — What Happened? and Other Questions
Julia and Victoria wrestle with their frustrations with The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki and try to get to the bottom of important questions like, “What happened?” and “Who is this book for?”
Aug 11, 2023
Bonus: Julia Wrote a Thesis – Online Autistic Community and Finding Your Writer Voice
Victoria interviews Julia about her master’s thesis in Anthropology on Autistic social groups, disabled futures, and how to make Autistic friends by exchanging fun facts.
Jul 28, 2023
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