The Banker's Wife 👥 Book Review


  

Written by Thelonia


Plane crashes and twisting French roads collide in this financial thriller that pits two women against a Swiss Bank due to circumstances outside of their control. A page-turner through and through, check out The Banker's Wife if you want a quick fun read for the summer!

No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 69


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 69th episode of No Improvement, we watch and discuss the final episode of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale ("The Word"), season 2. Listen to us discuss season 1 or the All in Good Storytime podcast discuss the book at these links!

Next week, we will be reading and talking about Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie.

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All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 43

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 43rd episode of All in Good Storytime, we watch episodes 7, 6, and 9-13 of Revolutionary Girl Utena (the order in which the episodes were intended). In these episodes, the questionably incestuous relationship between Nanami and Touga is revisited, Nanami exposes herself as a kitty murderer, Juri's tragic queer past is revealed, Touga pretends he is the prince who saved Utena following her parents death, Utena is defeated by Touga and temporarily loses Anthy, and we finally meet the real prince.

We discuss the dynamics of Nanami and Touga's relationship and how the undercurrents of vaguely incestual feelings that Nanami harbors for Touga are made very overt when the lines are blurred between what it means to be a boyfriend and brother in episode six. We draw similarities between Touga and Nanami's relationship and Micki's own complicated relationship with his sister.

While never forgetting how unquestionably evil Nanami is for being a cat killer, we also acknowledge that her cruel and manipulative brother has fostered a disturbingly toxic and codependent relationship. We address how the sole instance where Anthy is demonstrated to have autonomous thoughts occurs during Utena's second duel with Touga. We hypothesize that the myriad of exotic animals featured in Utena, from the kangaroo to the elephants, are somehow due to Anthy. Finally, we predict that Anthy will either be revealed to be an alien or that the mysterious prince is her brother. And that they are both aliens.

In two weeks, we will be watching episodes 14-19 of Revolutionary Girl Utena.

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No Improvement Podcast 👯 Episode 68






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 68th episode of No Improvement, we watch and discuss the 12th episode of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale ("Postpartum"), season 2. Listen to us discuss season 1 or the All in Good Storytime podcast discuss the book at these links!

Next week, we will be watching and talking about the final episode of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, season 2.

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The Staircase 🤬 Series Review

  

Written by Thelonia


The Staircase is considered the granddaddy of all true crime documentaries. The original 2004 documentary (8 episodes long) centered around the murder of Kathleen Peterson and her husband Michael's defense strategy during his 2004 trial for her murder (on the title Staircase). The series came back for 2 episodes in 2012 to cover Michael's efforts at getting a retrial (minimal spoilers), and was recently picked up by Netflix, who also produced 3 new episodes (filmed in 2018) which brought the entire series of 13 episodes to Netflix, where it could be consumed in one go by a whole new market who perhaps missed the original series.

Really, if you like true crime documentaries, or know anything about this case, you will probably just wind up yelling at the tv screen for approximately 90% of The Staircase's run-time.