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Episode 009 | Spontaneously Combusted Watermelon

This week’s guest…Dakota Potts calling in again!

People are always asking me for book recommendations and I never really know what to say. Dakota and I decided that we were both too exhausted and lazy to do some research for this week, so we landed on a topic where the research is built into the act itself: reading. Thus, look no further for the books that affected us the most and that we would definitely recommend to you. If you’re not sure if you’ll like them, then our cursory explanations may help you decide whether or not to pick these literary staples up.


1984 by George Orwell

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster 


Misc. Mentions:

Kafka’s Diaries

Sylvia Plath’s poetry

What is a concierge? 

George from A Room with a View the movie and his middle part:

Readicide by Kelly Gallagher 

Dakota’s attempt to describe this quote:

“Every now and then, I’m lucky enough to teach a kindergarten or first-grade class. Many of these children are natural-born scientists – although heavy on the wonder side and light on scepticism. They’re curious, intellectually vigorous. Provocative and insightful questions bubble out of them. They exhibit enormous enthusiasm. I’m asked follow-up questions. They’ve never heard of the notion of a ‘dumb question’.

But when I talk to high school seniors, I find something different. They memorize ‘facts’. By and large, though, the joy of discovery, the life behind those facts, has gone out of them. They’ve lost much of the wonder, and gained very little scepticism. They’re worried about asking ‘dumb’ questions; they’re willing to accept inadequate answers; they don’t pose follow-up questions; the room is awash with sidelong glances to judge, second-by-second, the approval of their peers.”

― Carl SaganThe Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Lorena Bobbitt

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