Pod Review May 28 – June 10

It’s been a fortnight since my last podcast chronicles, and I’ve only been listening to one podcast… one series actually. Until last Wednesday I was on a Bennington College ride, and there was no stopping me! 13 episodes of 1 hour each, it was quite an investment of my time, but I didn’t regret it. It gave me a great insight into the literary and academia world of the early 1980s (I was a child then) and it made me think of my own university times (in the late 1990s, and not so decadent).

Once Upon a Time at Bennington College, by Lily Anolik, gave me a strong urge to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and to read a bit more by Bret Easton Ellis. It was not only the dirty details of coke-fueled parties on campus, in Los Angeles and New York, but it was also a coming-of-age story, a competition story between budding writers, a story of friendships starting, blooming and dying. At some point it also explained clearly the influences between writers’ generations, from Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway, to Joan Didion, and finally to Bret Easton Ellis. I really enjoyed understanding better how the 1980s young writers defined themselves in context and in opposition to their literary predecessors, and in opposition to one another. And it’s great to have the perspective of a few decades to understand better what was a fad from a real cultural phenomenon.

After such an intense immersion, the usual podcasts I listened to yesterday paled in comparison. If this podcast has been said to belong to the new trend of “Cool Girl podcast”, I need to investigate the others in the category! I tried an episode of The Argument on the inflation and the economy, but I really didn’t share their views. European analysis of the situation is very different.

On the pod menu for next week, get a fix of great laughs with Normal Gossip Season 2, catch up on my usual favorite shows and also try Heidiworld, a series that was mentioned in the newsletters I read more than once. What’s on yours?

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