Episode 100: Our Namesake! Connie Willis’s BELLWETHER with @papersquared, @twobossydames, and @aswatki1

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Can you believe there have been a hundred episodes of Bellwether Friends? Well, there haven’t. THIS is the one hundredth episode! Carolyn, Margaret, Sophie, and Ally joined us to discuss our inspiration and beloved novel Bellwether, by our beloved and inspiring Connie Willis, complete with all the digressions you’ve come to love over our past 99 episodes, readalikes, and other suggestions!

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Links
Connie Willis
bellwether
Bellwether
Audiobook (read by Kate Reading)
YouTube: Technique Critique by Wired
Charles Entertainment Cheese
L.O.L. Surprise! dolls
Owlcrate Jr
Connie Willis on library weeding
Jo Walton on Bellwether
Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold
To Say Nothing of the Dog on Episode 31
Cory Doctorow on Bellwether

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Exhibit A: Alene’s Bellwether tattoo

Read-/Listen-/Watchalikes
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
The Office
Level Up by Cathy Yardley
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Desk Set
Intermediate Thermodynamics by Susannah Nix
His Girl Friday
Working Girl
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

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Each chapter begins with the description of a fad, such as the HULA HOOP

Musical Obsessions
Carolyn: A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (album) by The 1975, “Love Somebody Like You” by Joan
Ally: “Free Man in Paris” by Joni Mitchell
Margaret: “The Heartache Can Wait” by Brandi Carlile
Sophie: “Precious Lord Take My Hand/You’ve Got A Friend” by Aretha Franklin [mention: “Wonder Woman” by Kacey Musgraves]
Anna: “Somebody to Love” by Queen (or George Michael) [or Glee]
Alene: “When Can I See You Again” by Owl City from Wreck-It Ralph

Obsessions
Carolyn: family karaoke night
Ally: Amelia Bloomer Project committee reading
Margaret: NPR and Boston Globe Best Books coverage: The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding, Odd One Out by Nic Stone, Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang [mention: Fence by C. S. Pacat]
Sophie: Bodyguard (more in Two Bossy Dames)
Anna: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (there’s no sex in space!)
Alene: Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villain by C. B. Lee

@aswatki1, @papersquared, @mrsfridaynext, @twobossydames, @atvpodcast, @sophiebiblio

Pop Culture Happy Hour on The Favourite

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Episode 63: Fashion Forward with @curiosityjones

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In this episode, we talk to author and jewelry designer (and former librarian) Kelly Jones about her books Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Also personal styling tips, such as:

  • Dress the beautiful woman that you are
  • Try on everything before you buy it
  • Thrift shop for success

Links
What Not to Wear UK
Wraptillion
#argyleweek
Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer (originally published 1935)
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, Thomas the Rhymer)
Stephanie Burgis
Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
#chuckstravaganza (episode 62)
Project Runway
Iris Van Herpen
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Gilmore Girls
Ugly Betty
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
House of Eliott
The Incredibles (also: NO CAPES)
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Forgotten Realms
supergirl
Supergirl
The Tudors
The Borgias
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Sex and the City
The Mentalist
The X-Files
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Clueless
Charade
Edith Head
Shakespeare in Love
Titanic
The Age of Innocence
Spider-Man
madonna
Desperately Seeking Susan
Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Musical Obsessions:

Kelly: Teen Titans theme song by Puffy AmiYumi
Anna: Tank! theme song from Cowboy Bebop by Seatbelts
Alene: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song by The Gregory Brothers

Obsessions:

Kelly: brownies with peanut butter cream cheese swirl
The Art of Deception by Stephanie Burgis
The Dark Days Club by Allison Goodman
Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton
Anna: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 2017)
Alene: Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz

 

Episode 9 Show Notes: Reluctant Consumption and Travel Habits

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This episode we catch up on where we are with It so far, Carolyn’s experience watching a third season episode of the Gilmore Girls with zero prior knowledge. Then we tackle @anneheathen‘s question about how you handle recommendations that you don’t really want to follow through on and tackle the question of entertainment while traveling. It turns out we are both contrary and probably won’t believe the hype. We also detour into what we love/hate that everyone else hates/loves.

Links

The Bechdel Test
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Lost in Translation
The Passion of the Christ
Seinfeld
Harry Potter
The Eagles
Bruce Springsteen
Eric Clapton
Hatesong from the A.V. Club
Serial podcast
Glamour magazine
Marie Claire magazine
Entertainment Weekly magazine
People magazine
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks (Anna said The Blinding Knife but she meant The Broken Eye)
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Jeffrey

Obsessions

Anna:
It
by Stephen King (surprise!)
Lumberjanes #8
Nimona

Carolyn:
The holidays