All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 50


All in Good Storytime is an interactive, bookish, book club podcast hosted by Alanna, Katya, and Tia. To join the club, make sure you're following us on Twitter to get updates on what book we're reading and to what chapter we are reading through (or what anime we're watching and what episode we are watching through), and listen to the podcast here or on iTunes (see link below) to join in on the discussion. And don't forget to read along!

In the 50th episode of All in Good Storytime, we discuss chapters 7 through 12 of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. In these chapters we see a connection develop between Mia and Izzy, watch as absolute chaos unfolds in the local high school, see the confrontation between Bebe Chow and the McCulloughs over Mirabelle McCullough/May Ling Chow, and learn about Mia's past as a surrogate.

We begin by discussing the futility of Izzy, Moody, and Pearl's prank on the high school. Instead of rising to the challenge of Mia's question asking Izzy what she was going to do regarding a racist teacher in high school she decided to pull a useless prank, sticking toothpicks in all of the locks and jamming the doors, which caused more harm for the janitor and only unintentionally caused the racist teacher to suffer.

We continue by addressing the finally revealed main plot of Bebe Chow, a poor and young single mother who left her daughter at a fire station, and her struggle to get her daughter back from the rich, white McCulloughs who have raised her for the past 10 months and who are currently in the process of adopting her. We find it exceedingly difficult to focus on the issues the author raises of cultural differences and the question of whether it is better to live with a financially stable family as we are focused on the problem that Bebe willingly left her child at a safe haven location and none of those lofty arguments matter as much as the fact of no take backs.

Additionally, we question why this story isn't being told from the perspective of the McCulloughs and Bebe, but instead is being told from the perspective of Mia and Mrs. Richardson who are using this difficult custody case to work out their own personal issues. Finally, we see that Katya was right all along. We question the legality and morality behind Mia running away with Pearl, a child she was carrying as a surrogate.

In two weeks, we'll talk about chapters 13 through 20 (the end) of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

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No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 82



No Improvement is a sort-of-funny talk show that explores the vast, untapped potential of TV shows, books, films, and more. Quill & Slate blog runners Thelonia and Tia review—and then reimagine—the stories you know and love until you can barely recognize them anymore. Hopefully in a good way. And if not, well, we hope you are still entertained.

In the 82nd episode of No Improvement, we watch, discuss, and review the second half (episodes 6-10) of the first season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, which is based on the (Archie) comics of the same name and features Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men fame. What are your burning questions for season two?

In two weeks, we will be watching, talking about, and reviewing the horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace, a new release that comes out November 30. 

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All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 49


All in Good Storytime is an interactive, bookish, book club podcast hosted by Alanna, Katya, and Tia. To join the club, make sure you're following us on Twitter to get updates on what book we're reading and to what chapter we are reading through (or what anime we're watching and what episode we are watching through), and listen to the podcast here or on iTunes (see link below) to join in on the discussion. And don't forget to read along!

In the 49th episode of All in Good Storytime, we discuss the first six chapters of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. In these opening chapters, we are introduced to the upper-middle-class town of Shaker Heights and the characters that reside here. We learn about Mia, an artsy single mom, and Pearl, her teenage daughter, along with the Richardson family from whom they rent their house on the less fancy side of town. The four Richardson siblings are Lexie, the shallow eldest daughter, Trip, the boring jock, Moody, the "nice guy" with a crush on Pearl, and Izzy, the inexplicably ostracized youngest sibling.

We begin by thoroughly examining Lexie. At times she appears vapid and cruel to an extent that is uncharacteristic for a high school senior applying to Yale. She oscillates between superficiality and generosity in a way that fails to add to her characterization in any meaningful way. It does not seem that her character is so complex or has such depth that she is capable of these varied actions, but that the author is uncertain of who she is.

We continue by dumping on Moody for slut-shaming his older siblings and for being pathetically jealous of Pearl's relationship with his family when he was the one to introduce her to them because he feared he was too boring to hold her attention. Finally, we share our theory that Mia is not simply a bad mom who forces her child to live a nomadic lifestyle to support her artistic dreams without fully committing to those dreams herself, but that she was a surrogate mother to Pearl and ran away with her. We also question whether this book will fully devolve into a Wicked fanfic.

In two weeks, we'll talk about chapters 7 through 12 of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

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No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 81



No Improvement is a sort-of-funny talk show that explores the vast, untapped potential of TV shows, books, films, and more. Quill & Slate blog runners Thelonia and Tia review—and then reimagine—the stories you know and love until you can barely recognize them anymore. Hopefully in a good way. And if not, well, we hope you are still entertained.

In the 81st episode of No Improvement, we watch, discuss, and review the first half (episodes 1-5) of the first season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, which is based on the (Archie) comics of the same name and features Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men fame.

In two weeks, we will be watching, talking about, and reviewing the second half (episodes 6-10) of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Tune in then for more witchy goodness!

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No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 80



No Improvement is a sort-of-funny talk show that explores the vast, untapped potential of TV shows, books, films, and more. Quill & Slate blog runners Thelonia and Tia review—and then reimagine—the stories you know and love until you can barely recognize them anymore. Hopefully in a good way. And if not, well, we hope you are still entertained.

In the 80th episode of No Improvement, we watch, discuss, and review the 2016 thriller horror film Friend Request, as the finale to our weekly October Horror Film SpookFest. Yep, we went there.

In two weeks, we will be watching, talking about, and reviewing the first half (episodes 1-5) of the first season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, which is based on the (Archie) comics of the same name and features Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men fame. It's gonna be fun—we hope.

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