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Bowie Book Club Podcast

113 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 1 month ago - ★★★★ - 28 ratings

Two friends have had a book club for a very very long time. It was mostly an excuse to drink and gossip. In January of 2016, they found renewed purpose in their sadness over the death of David Bowie. They decided to stop mucking around and actually get some reading done - from the list of books that he loved.

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Episodes

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

June 17, 2024 10:00 - 39 minutes - 89.7 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Orlando by Virginia Woolf, a book that essentially proves that David Bowie and Tilda Swinton are one person.

A Grave for a Dolphin by Alberto Denti (and the end of Season One!)

May 20, 2024 10:00 - 56 minutes - 130 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read (sort of) A Grave for a Dolphin by Ally Teeth (or Alberto Denti, Duke of Pirajno, if you must), a story about a manic pixie dream fish and the marine biologist (at least that's what AI thinks) who loved her.

Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

April 22, 2024 10:00 - 47 minutes - 109 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, an overheated occult pot-boiler that manages to keep the hot esoteric gobbletygook flying for over 400 pages! Spoiler alert: Greg wrote this description and it may (does) not reflect the views of the other half of this podcast.

Nowhere to Run by Gerri Hirshey

March 25, 2024 10:00 - 40 minutes - 92.7 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Nowhere to Run by Gerri Hirshey - interviews with foundational artists of soul music asthey deal with aging, and (in the case of Screaming Jay Hawkins) serve drinks out of a skull or something.

Private Eye

February 26, 2024 11:00 - 49 minutes - 114 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Private Eye, a half-serious, half-silly British political magazine that is the ultimate i IYKYK.

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

January 22, 2024 11:00 - 43 minutes - 99.4 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, a tale of human pyschology under duress that makes a fitting end to the Russian books that Bowie had on his list.

The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

December 18, 2023 11:00 - 47 minutes - 109 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard, a quaint little preview of the non-stop psychological prodding we endure now. Subscribe! iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Follow us! (Not in a creepy way) Mastadon Facebook Instagram Web Presence Our Bookshop Visit our lists on bookshop.org and help support the podcast (and inde...

Beyond the Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto

November 27, 2023 11:00 - 40 minutes - 92.1 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Beyond the Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto - if you like art, philosophy and the philosophy of art, you might get through this a little easier than we did.

Strange People by Frank Edwards

October 30, 2023 10:00 - 35 minutes - 80.3 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Strange People by Frank Edwards, a rundown of all the freaks, geeks and mentalists you'll ever want to encounter.

Writers at Work by the Paris Review

September 25, 2023 10:00 - 41 minutes - 95.7 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time weread Writers at Work: The First Series, a compendium of interviews with writers that proves to be as dazzling as a round of George Plimpton's Video Falconry.

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr

August 28, 2023 10:35 - 44 minutes - 103 MB

The Beano

July 24, 2023 10:00 - 43 minutes - 98.5 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Beano, a British comic that has been teaching the fundamentals of anarchy to the youth of the UK decades before Johnny Rotten gave his first snarl.

The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

June 26, 2023 10:00 - 40 minutes - 92.1 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read we read The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos, a big sweeping tale of America at the turn of the 20th century, including getting chased by a farmer with a shotgun, which happened all the time back then.

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

May 22, 2023 10:00 - 39 minutes - 90.9 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for strawsabout Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, which has *all* the bowels and loins anyone could ask for.

Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman

April 24, 2023 10:00 - 42 minutes - 97.9 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman - if you're a fan of gin n' ginger ale or of extremely stylized dialog, you're going to love this one.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

March 27, 2023 10:00 - 35 minutes - 81.5 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read * Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, a novel of deception, doublecross, and people being absolute fucksters to each other. Subscribe! iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Follow us! (Not in a creepy way) Mastadon Facebook Instagram Web Presence Our Bookshop Visit our lists on bookshop.org and help support the podcast (and indep...

White Noise by Don DeLillo

February 20, 2023 11:00 - 37 minutes - 84.9 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read White Noise Don DeLillo, a very funny, very timely book about death, among other concerns.

A People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes

January 23, 2023 11:00 - 53 minutes - 122 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read a doorstop of a history of the Russian Revolution: Orlando Figes' "A People's Tragedy".

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler

December 19, 2022 11:00 - 48 minutes - 111 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Mr. Wilson's Cabinet O' Wonders by Lawrence Weschler, a short, sharp treatise on a weird, weird museum.

In Bluebeard's Castle by George Steiner

November 21, 2022 11:00 - 32 minutes - 74.4 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read In Bluebeard's Castle by George Steiner - an eccentric polymath, kind of like a certain David Jones we all know. Plus, T.S. Eliot impersonations!

Room at the Top by John Braine

October 24, 2022 10:00 - 36 minutes - 83.5 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Room at the Top by John Braine, about an angry young man in a dirty old town.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

September 19, 2022 10:00 - 44 minutes - 101 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read On the Road by everyone's high school boyfriend, Jack Kerouac. We also talk about the new Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream, which we just saw IN A MOVIE THEATRE *shudder*!

The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

August 29, 2022 10:00 - 39 minutes - 90.6 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read we read The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, a slow, stately book about a very hot island a long time ago.

The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

July 18, 2022 10:00 - 41 minutes - 95 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard - a play where a lot happens just off stage and there's a lot of talking about thinking.

In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan

June 20, 2022 10:00 - 35 minutes - 82.1 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read In Between the Sheets, a kind-of-sort-of creepy book of short stories by Ian Mcewan.

Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes

May 30, 2022 22:06 - 35 minutes - 81.8 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read a book of literary criticism/history about Gustave Flaubert that (suprise!) turns out to be a novel that's not really about a bird at all (or is it?) - Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes

Money by Martin Amis

April 25, 2022 13:00 - 35 minutes - 80.5 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Money by Martin Amis - the literary equivalent of watching someone fall down thousands of flights of stairs and wondering why you're laughing so hard.

Awopbopaloobopalopbamboom by Nik Cohn

March 21, 2022 13:00 - 32 minutes - 73.6 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Awopbopaloobop (or something like that) a intensely jaded look at the first couple decades of rock music from legendary writer Nik Cohn.

The Iliad by Homer

February 28, 2022 14:00 - 43 minutes - 99.3 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Homer Tarantino's gory classic of bromanticism - The Iliad Subscribe! iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Follow us! (Not in a creepy way) Twitter Facebook Instagram Web Presence Our Bookshop Visit our lists on bookshop.org and help support the podcast (and independent bookstores too!) Stuff We Talked About We read di...

Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Sanders

January 24, 2022 14:00 - 40 seconds - 97.7 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read a series of connected stories circling the post-beat, pre-hippie world of Lower Mahattan in Tales Of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders. Join us for a hour or two at the Total Assault Cantina!

Our 2022 Books

January 10, 2022 14:00 - 35 minutes - 77.8 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. We survived another year, and that means we get to dust off the ole Choosenator and see what new books it brings us. This time we had a little canine assistance - our trusty guide led us through the wilds of Seattle (ok, through quiet residential neighborhoods) and pointed us at the correct numbers for the books for 2022! Subscribe! ...

1984 by George Orwell

December 20, 2021 14:00 - 38 minutes - 87.7 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read George Orwell's classic work of numerology, 1984.

The Quest for Christa T

November 22, 2021 14:00 - 33 minutes - 77.6 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf, a melancholy elegy that really got on the wrong side of the East German censors, for some reason.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

October 25, 2021 13:00 - 41 minutes - 95.9 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, one of our favorites on the list - a fairy tale that careens through the Moscow of the 1920's, and is otherwise impossible to describe accurately.

On Having No Head by D.E Harding

September 27, 2021 13:00 - 32 minutes - 74.5 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read On Having No Head by Douglas Harding, a slender guidebook to quick and painless enlightenment.

The Stranger by Albert Camus

August 30, 2021 13:00 - 38 minutes - 87.4 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we sat in a cafe, drinking free refill after free refill, perfected our looks of total ennui and read The Stranger by Albert Camus

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

July 26, 2021 13:00 - 79.8 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, a careening comic novel of doomed romance, never ending parties and rotating gossip columnists.

English Journey by JB Priestly

June 21, 2021 13:00 - 41 minutes - 94.1 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read English Journey by J.B. Priestley, a gripping tale of a grump making his way around England in the dour `30s.

Tadanori Yokoo

May 24, 2021 13:00 - 32 minutes - 73.6 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read a book (though probably not the right book) about the incredibly prolific Japanese artist and graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo.

Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art

April 26, 2021 13:00 - 30 minutes - 69 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we took a little wander through Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall and read about a lot of saints with swords (sometimes stuck in their heads) Subscribe! iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Follow us! (Not in a creepy way) Twitter Facebook Instagram Web Presence Our Bookshop Visit our lists on books...

Mini Episode! How To Read a Dictionary

April 05, 2021 13:00 - 10 minutes - 23.3 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we attempted to cobble together a plan to read Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by James A. Hall.

Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

March 22, 2021 13:00 - 37 minutes - 85.3 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Interviews with Francis Bacon, a beautifully constructed cut and paste job from the noted art critic David Sylvester.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

February 22, 2021 14:00 - 43 minutes - 99.1 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a jazzy tale of the very American art of self-invention.

Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

January 25, 2021 14:00 - 37 minutes - 85.3 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Mystery Train, Griel Marcus' expansive summation of rock music as American culture. Apologies for the weird clicking noise that sounds like its coming from Greg's mandibles (he forgot to wax them) - we'll have the audio hiccups fixed for next time!

Our Books for 2021!

January 11, 2021 14:00 - 19 minutes - 44.6 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club* where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we chose our books for 2021, in the great outdoors (and in our typical shambolic fashion)

Journey Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg

December 28, 2020 14:00 - 48 minutes - 110 MB

Welcome to another episode of the **Bowie Book Club**, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Journey Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg, a memoir of one incredibly strong woman's survival in Stalin's Reign of Terror.

The Street by Ann Petry

November 23, 2020 14:00 - 38 minutes - 88.8 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club, where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Street by Ann Petry, a harsh but gripping tale, which **almost** led to the worst song choice in the history of this podcast.

A People's History of the United States

October 26, 2020 13:00 - 36 minutes - 83.4 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club* where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, who's not really down with the SYSTEM, MAAAAAAN.

Teenage by Jon Savage

September 28, 2020 13:00 - 53 minutes - 122 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club* where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read Teenage by Jon Savage and you JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW WE'RE FEELING ABOUT IT OK? /slams bedroom door/

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

August 24, 2020 13:00 - 41 minutes - 95.2 MB

Welcome to another episode of the Bowie Book Club* where wild speculation and grasping for straws about Bowie’s favorite books has reigned supreme since 2016. This time we read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, which is really not like Dead Poets Society at all.

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