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Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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jackiekashian.com Archive - Pre-September 2010 donate to the dorky effort
Oct 21, 2011

My guest is ME. Maria Bamford is the guest host interviewing me about my dorkdoms that she most enjoys. She’s thinks I haven’t talked enough about Chicken or Romance Novels. Maria, btw, is much better than Andy in not talking about herself. She says she’s over talking about herself right now. So she interviews me. We’re at lunch. It’s noisy. And Maria has taken up a loud hobby of crunching ice. I hope you enjoy meeting me. Again.

 

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Notes:

Hugos Restaurant

Barbara Cartland

Second Chance at Love

Georgette Heyer – you SHOULD read these. They’re awesome.

Hamlet Quote

Time Travel Romance Novels – random site. Can’t vouch.

Paperback Exchange – bookstore in Minneapolis

Amanda Quick – these are ridiculous. I read most of them. Not under her real name - Jayne Anne

Stephanie Laurens

It’s in the MIDDLE Of the Industrial Revolution. SEE?

Chicken of the Gods

The correct answer is actually my Grandmother’s Boiled Chicken. Grr.

Moroccan Chicken

Yogurt Chicken

Meat content in Taco Bell

Balls (Southern Theatre, MPLS)

4 Comments
  • over six years ago
    Todd Mason
    And thanks for your kind comments...I'd say it's more dork-hip, though not so adorkable. (And, of course, I LOVE GALESBURG IN THE SPRINGTIME, as one might gather from context, isn't a novel, but a collection of short stories by Jack Finney--he of THE BODY SNATCHERS, the novel that is the source for all those films).
  • over six years ago
    Todd Mason
    Hope it's helpful! I do try to keep up...and I note at least two irritating typos in what I wrote above: she was Sylvia Townsend Warner (no relation to Pete), and the brilliant Avram Davidson volumes are about Doctor Eszterhazy, rather than Esterhazy.

    Meanwhile, the whole survey as I cough it up is now posted, with awkwardly placed illustrations!, at http://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2011/10/ffb-special-beyond-and-alongside.html
  • over six years ago
    jackie
    yeah... I just printed this and am going to look into the names as I go along. In LIVE. God, yer well read. So cool. or... so dorky cool. I have, yes, read Ursula (she's Andy's fave. and my bro Phil's too I think). she's great. I will certainly look into these authors. thanks!
  • over six years ago
    Todd Mason
    And to supplement your Georgette Heyer reading, try Joan Aiken...the woman who wrote THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE and its sequels for kids (I preferred her short fiction) also wrote Regency romances for adults, in the Austen/Heyer mode...and she unsurprisingly wrote some gothics, which I haven't read but suspect were pretty solid.
    ---
    At my blog, I finally tried to get down on the blog today the Quick and Dirty list of fantasy (and at least some sf) from people who were comparable to, and not imitative of, Tolkien, only to find myself beginning to write a long essay...but the writers I chose to suggest boil down to:

    FRITZ LEIBER...book to start with, SWORDS AND DEVILTRY (or ILL MET IN LANKHMAR, in its revised edition); alternate/sf novel to start with: THE BIG TIME (borderline horror/fantasy to start with, in the Kafka/Philip Dick mode, only before Dick started publishing: YOU'RE ALL ALONE).

    JOANNA RUSS...book to start with: THE ADVENTURES OF ALYX; alternate/sf novel to start with: THE FEMALE MAN.

    AVRAM DAVIDSON...book to start with: THE ENQUIRIES OF DOCTOR ESTERHAZY (or THE ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR ESTERHAZY, in its expanded edition). Alternate/sf novel to start with: MASTERS OF THE MAZE. Alternate historical fantasy, written with his ex-wife Grania Davis, MARCO POLO AND THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.

    JANE YOLEN...novel to start with: BRIAR ROSE. Alternates to start with...nearly any of her collections (she does tend to excel in short forms).

    JACK VANCE...book to start with: THE DYING EARTH and its three loose sequels, starting with THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD; alternate sf novel to start with: among so many, THE LANGUAGES OF PAO. The LYONESSE trilogy is definitely worth looking into.

    URSULA K. LE GUIN (seems particularly unlikely you haven't given her a spin, but just in case)...book to start with: A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Alternate sf to start with: THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS. Alternate science-fantasy border straddler: THE LATHE OF HEAVEN.

    JORGE LUIS BORGES...book to start with: well, the closest things to novels this extraordinarily influential writer offered were the collections of linked stories in THE UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY and, with Adolfo Bioy-Casares, SIX CASES FOR DON ISIDRO PARODI (the latter parodic, slightly fantasticated crime fiction). But the stories in such collections as LABYRINTHS and THE ALEPH AND OTHER STORIES: 1933-69 are often mindblowing.

    I should at least add Leigh Brackett and Gene Wolfe...(Ms.) C. L. Moore and Peter Beagle...Sylvia Townshend Warner and Italo Calvino...you know how it goes.

    --
    A couple of years ago, I did a too-quick entry on the romance novels I'd loved, that weren't too often cited as romance novels:
    ON STRIKE AGAINST GOD by Joanna Russ
    WELCOME CHAOS by Kate Wilhelm
    LADY ORACLE by Margaret Atwood
    SOMEWHERE IN TIME by Richard Matheson (at least this one is recognized by many as being a fantasy/romance novel)
    I LOVE GALESBURG IN THE SPRINGTIME by Jack Finney (including that much beloved time-slip romance short story, "The Love Letter")
    LIGHT YEARS by Maggie Gee
    SOLSTICE by Joyce Carol Oates...

    unlike the bodice-busters, not too much rape in these...and only occasionally purse-sized horses...so there's a clear market awaiting exploitation, folks!

    Excellent discussion, though a pity about the degree of ambient noise.