Lauren and Isaac are back after a bit of a hiatus to bring more talking to your earholes! We read Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, which is not really like the TV show, but is definitely written by an old white guy (John Douglas with Mark Olshaker). We were shocked by how rudimentary some of the facts we think everybody knows about serial killers once weren’t so obvious, but also there was a lot of casual sexism. Fun!
What are we reading next? Thank you for asking! We will be reading Jay Anson’s 1977 tale of a tormented family living in a house infested by a demonic force in The Amityville Horror. It is “based” on a “true” story. Will it be as un-scary as the movie? We can only hope!
At long last, a new episode! This time, Lauren and Isaac read Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, hosts of My Favorite Murder. We talk “dark impulses,” get real about our own greatest junior high shames, and get bummed out about life in this late capitalist hellscape.
In this edition of Electric Book Machine, Lauren and Isaac read Jonathan W. White’s cultural history Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams During the Civil War. We talk about weird dreams, superstitions, and how psychic Abraham Lincoln probably wasn’t. War is hell, but sleep deprivation might be worse!
Lauren has, like, a double concussion, so things are moving slowly this spring. More fun stuff to come from your favorite literate couple… eventually!
Married couple Lauren and Isaac have formed a book club–with each other! Episode 1 tackles the first volume of Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf. This is for comedy purposes, not white supremacist ones, you guys.