In this episode, we're thinking about what it means to live in a human body, and how stories and poems can confront and make meaning out of illness and death. We read and discuss Two Cities author Charlene Langfur's poem "All of it Returns".
Then we discuss some of our favorite recent reads that tackle the difficult subjects of illness and the inevitable passage of time. Books discussed include My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and Atul Gawande's Being Mortal. Read article
It's the summer reading episode, listeners! First, we hear a story from the issue; Mary Ann Presman reads her funny, poignant story "Picking up the Pieces."
Then we discuss some of our favorite reads of the summer so far: Shanti Sekaran's Lucky Boy, and Tommy Orange's There There. Read article
Art and writing make a great pair. We discuss the poem Learning How Not To by Paul Ilechko from the June issue and the books The Art Forger and Self Portrait With Boy.
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Summer reading and the power of books. Kennedy Sievers reads her piece "The Answers are Written in the Book" from our blog. Also, hear us talk about The Orphan Master's Son and The Book That Matters Most. Read article
We are excited that the June issue of Two Cities Review is out! Hear a poem from the new issue, Echo of Myself by Rebecca Beardsall, and learn what Blair and Olivia are reading this summer, including books that haven't come out yet or were written years ago and forgotten... Read article
...And we're back, listeners! After a brief hiatus, we are back on schedule for the podcast with a great new episode of booktalk. First we hear Two Cities author E.J. Evans read "So Much of My Life Has Consisted of Longing", from the Spring issue; then we discuss books that have gotten us thinking and stimulated great discussions in our lives. What books have gotten you thinking lately?
This week we are so excited to present an author interview with Two Cities writer Dayna Patterson. Dayna wrote the stunning "The Disposal of Mormon Garments", which appeared in issue 16. We've made the piece available to read for free, so check it out — or you can hear Dayne read it aloud in this episode. (And enjoy our bonus outtake at the beginning of this episode — to give you a glimpse behind the scenes!) Read article
This week we're talking about sex in literature, so younger listeners, please be advised! Charles Kell reads his piece "My Dark Whistle" from the latest issue, and we cover some of our favorite depictions of sexuality, sensuality, and everything in between in literature.
This week we highlight another great piece from the March issue of Two Cities. Hilary Brewster reads her essay "Phone Calls and Flowers". And we talk about spring cleaning for your creative life.
In this week's episode, we highlight Brittany Ackerman's brilliant "The Visitor" from the December issue, and we dive into the new March issue with an excerpt from "Days of the God-Sized Brains" by Jennifer Metsker. And we discuss new arrivals in black literature and movies that we're loving — the books "Homegoing" and "Americanah" and the movies "Get Out" and "Black Panther."