There are certain books so good they can only be described as transcendent. Others are cultural phenomena, but are best described as… well, you’ll find out as we discuss The Notebook.
That’s right—all three of us have finally (mostly) read this book, and today, Barnabas, Dave, and I are talking about our experience in the most PG-12 episode of the show yet. Listen in as we discuss:
- Why Nicholas Sparks is one of the worst famous writers any of us have ever read
- What the movie would be like if Ryan Gosling’s and Rachel McAdams’ characters were played by ordinary looking actors instead of beautiful ones
- If we should read books with good romance
- The unhealthy expectations books like The Notebook create about relationships, marriage and sex
- Our dramatic readings of random passages of the book
- A better phrase than “dumpster fire”
Today’s bonus content and challenge:
- Read: “‘The Notebook’ is a dumpster fire and I didn’t realize it 15 years ago” by Carly Mellenbaum
- Your Challenge: If you read and really loved The Notebook, tell us why by tagging @malContentsPod on Twitter. We’ll share our favorites on an upcoming episode and send you a book by one of us that we guarantee is better than The Notebook.
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A few of the books we mention on this episode:
- Keeper by Greg Rucka
- Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
- The Pioneers by David McCullough
- Detective Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition by Peter Tomasi, Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, et al.
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