Episode 109: Reading Slumps with @veronikellymars

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In this episode, we talk to author and librarian emeritus Kelly Jensen about mental health and how it impacts our ability to read for work and pleasure, and what we can do to get out of reading slumps (if we want to).

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Links

Kelly’s article: “7 Tips for Reading With Mental Health Challenges
Ranganathan
Nancy Pearl’s rule of 50
Bossypants by Tina Fey
I’m Just A Person by Tig Notaro
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
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Narrative nonfiction: Simon Winchester
Graphic novels
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta
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Audiobooks
Harry Potter
The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
All The Books (podcast)
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Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Automatically in Love” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Alene: “Badass Woman” by Meghan Trainor, from The Hustle

Obsessions
Kelly: Unf*ck Your Brain (podcast), Topo Chico mineral water (also Polar seltzer)
Anna: Whiskey Cavalier
Alene: Trinkets

Twitter and Instagram @veronikellymars

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Episode 67: Musicals Redux with @Rebecca_Vnuk and @AmandaStretch

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We invited Rebecca (our guest on Episode 49: Musicals) to return, along with Amanda from Episode 54: Song Covers, to talk about Stephen Sondheim and Hamilton, fill in some gaps from our previous conversations, and take another action-packed quiz that tested the depths of their musical theater knowledge.

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Links
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Hamilton
Bring It On
In the Heights
Hamiltome
Genius
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
The Heckler: “Why I’m allergic to Stephen Sondheim”
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Company
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Into the Woods
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Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far
Sweeney Todd
West Side Story
Gypsy
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Sunday in the Park with George
#sondheimnight
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Stephen Sondheim’s sad life
Patti LuPone
Forbidden Broadway: “Stephen Sondheim Finale
Forbidden Broadway: “Patti LuPone/I Get a Kick Out of Me
Forbidden Broadway: “Into the Words

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People: From Dirty Dancing to Grease: Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations
The Little Mermaid
Jesus Christ Superstar
Bye Bye Birdie
A Christmas Story
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The New Yorker: Let’s Rock: In Defense of Jukebox Musicals
Phactual: 9 Rock Stars Who Wrote Broadway Musicals
Time Out New York: The 30 best film-to-musical adaptations
Broadway Cares: Carols for a Cure CDs
EW: TV’s Best Musical Episodes

Amanda sings “The Song That Goes Like This
Rakesh Satyal sings “Part of Your World

Spoiler: A link to songs from our second Musicals Quiz!

Musical Obsessions
Rebecca: “Hug Me” by Pharrell Williams and Trey Parker, from Despicable Me 3
Amanda: “Taekwondo” by Walk off the Earth
Anna: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” by Julie Andrews, fromThoroughly Modern Millie
Alene: “Telephone” by Pamplemousse

Sondheim teaches “Not Getting Married Today”

Obsessions
Rebecca: IndiePicks Magazine
Amanda: Ice cream in Japan
Anna:  Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
Alene: Hello Kitty notsocks