Episode 5: Works Unfinished, Finishing the Appalachian Book of the Dead, and a Prayer for October
In episode 5 of The Book I Read, Michael talks about attempting Moby Dick and The Magic Mountain, makes some promises to try again, and then takes the final dive into Dale Neal's The Appalachian Book of the Dead. He concludes with an exquisite October poem by David Ruekberg.
September 20, 2021
Episode 4: Choices! More Books of the Dead! Climbing those Mountains! and The Freak Out Commencement
In episode 4 of The Book I Read, Michael talks about the difficulty of choosing the next book and a process for doing so, the novel Appalachian Book of the Dead by Dale Neal, the abandoned but not forgotten Magic Mountain, and returning to full time in-person school in the era of the delta variant of COVID 19.
September 7, 2021
Episode 3: Wisdom Lit, the Power of Allusion, Lincoln in the Bardo, and the President's Hat
In this third episode of The Book I Read, Michael talks about all the wisdom literature he hasn't read, the wonders of literary allusion, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, and a poem by Don Colburn--also about Abraham Lincoln.
August 27, 2021
Episode 2: Books as Gifts, the Hidden Life of Fifteen Dogs, and Budgie Danger
In Episode 2 of The Book I Read, Michael Jarmer talks about the dreaded responsibility of reading books gifted to him by friends--and then discusses one, the novel Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis. He'll also share a poem by Terri Ford, his favorite of her infamous and celebrated budgie poems from the collection, Hams Beneath the Firmament.
August 14, 2021
Episode 1: Rock Star Fiction, Erasure, and Mother Love
In this first full episode of The Book I Read, Michael Jarmer Writer Guy talks about John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth's Her Read, and Mary Lou Buschi's Paddock.
August 4, 2021
Introducing: The Book I Read, a Podcast by Michael Jarmer Writer Guy
Here is an introductory trailer for a new podcast about books, reading, writing, creativity, music, teaching and learning. Your host, Michael Jarmer, is a veteran public high school English teacher of 32 years, a fiction writer, essayist, poet, and musician. He's got an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson, he teaches in Milwaukie, Oregon, and he plays drums and sings in a band called Here Comes Everybody with his partner René Ormae-Jarmer. He also plays the drums in a cover band called the Nu Wavers and they perform in and around Portland, Oregon.
August 3, 2021