Ostensibly this is an episode about the excellent Brigid Lowry and her excellent book, Juicy Writing. In real life, this is an episode about fatalism, childhood writing dreams, and the end of the world. Wayfinders, hold us to that poetry prompt!
Save the knight. Glamour your own self. Stay out of the forest. Easy enough, right? But Kaye Fierch, secret pixie heroine of Holly Black's Tithe, finds herself in a web of prophecy, deceit, and really wicked parties. Guest Heather Talty of Newtown Literacy Alliance joins us to talk Tam Lin, Asbury Park, the origins of dark fae in YA, and Labyrinth as a right of passage.
Heather Talty is managing editor of Newtown Literacy Alliance, "a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting writers and writing in Queens, NY. Our flagship project is the publication of a semiannual literary journal featuring new work by writers living in or originally from the largest borough in New York City. We also hold free writing classes for adults, teens, and kids around the borough, and a biennial writing contest for kids and teens. Throughout the year, all over Queens, we hold readings, workshops, and other literary events." You can find her @heathertalty.
This book is real dark. There's murder, there's attempted sexual assault, violence, mind control, sadism, terrible parenting, character deaths, and teenagers who try to solve problems with guns.
I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Glamourbombing "is acts of enchanted art or performance intended to raise ambient magic levels and crack people's heads open a little to admit the idea that Faerie exists and might even be interacting with them. It isn't random acts of kindness (but do those anyway!), making people feel warm and fuzzy or cheering them up, or just "inspirational" platitudes with glitter added. While these things can have a subtle glamour to them, glamourbombing should above all be magical, and as intense as you can make it be - and magical and intense doesn't necessarily mean happy or comforting!"
Juniper, Gentian and Rosemary by Pamela Dean
Creative Vandalism! Extortion! Lots of Laughs! Carey and Marie revisit a favorite read a decade later to see how the madcap adventures of Edward Zanni's journey to Jilliard hold up in 2018. Witness Rie having a lot of feelings! Thrill to the 80s fashion and musical numbers! Practice sedate glamourbombing!
Where do we start? Book is from the point of view of an Italian-American bisexual teen in New Jersey in the early 80s. There's sexism, internalized homophobia, transphobia, racism, coercive sex, blackmail, drugging, underage drinking, terrible parents, and "creative vandalism"--aka making life terrible for retail workers. We talk about it more in the episode, so reader caveat, the honesty of the narrative means revealing the ugliness of being a suburban queer in the 80s.
It was so cold that Frienduary lasted into Smarch! This week, Laila Vafaeezadeh of Bigfoot and Bob joins us while we talk the Oz-infused, magic-stuffed, girl-empowered fantasy of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente. What makes a uniquely American fantasy? How do alternative publishing schemes aid and abet children's lit? And who else wants a wyverary as a best friend?
Bigfoot and Bob is a monstrous comedy podcast out of Seattle, hosted by Ryan Brown (@RAlisterBrown) and Laila Vafaeezadeh (@LailaMaryV). Listen in all your podcast-y places, such as iTunes and PlayerFM. Find them on Twitter and Facebook, too!
To celebrate International Women's Day, we're taking a look at all the ways we can be terrible to each other...and how we can break the cycles of oppression. Or, we're looking at the debut novel by E. Lockhart, discussing how life on a houseboat with a performance artist mom can prepare you for dating a sociopath and being shunned by the entire sophomore class. Or maybe it's just a really funny book about nihilism. Or maybe...all of the above?