We talk the patronising critical reaction to Ryan Adams’ Taylor Swift cover album, why we love The Great British Bake Off, and The Lives of Christopher Chant by Dianna Wynne Jones.
On Ryan Adams / Taylor Swift
Read Anna’s article, “Ryan Adams’ 1989 and the mainsplaining of Taylor Swift”. Links to the sexist mansplainy articles discussed are in there.
Listen to 1989 by Ryan Adams on Spotify.
The problematic video for Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”.
The Pretty Much Amazing review titled “Taylor Swift Writes Ryan Adams’ Best Album”.
On The Great British Bake Off
Caroline's most-read article ever: "Diana was framed: why did the Great British Bake Off throw an innocent WI judge to the wolves?".
Paul's lion bread:
This is a tennis cake (who knew?):
If you have to, hate read this by Quentin Letts: "I adore The Great British Bake Off. But does it have to be so right on?"
On The Lives of Christopher Chant
Get a copy of The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones. This is what Caroline's copy looks like (that Anna read):
The Chrestomanci series has a helpful wiki.
Listener Victoria told us on Twitter that she likes the books so much that her cat is named Chrestomanci:
We're going to do a special themed episode looking at popular culture adaptations of “highbrow” texts, so Caroline is watching the film She's the Man (based on Twelfth Night).
We loved talking about your recommendations and feedback this week. If you have thoughts you want to share on anything we've discussed, or questions you want to ask us, please email us on srslypod[at]gmail.com, or @ us on Twitter @srslypod, or get in touch via tumblr here. We also have Facebook now.
The music featured this week, in order of appearance, is:
Ryan Adams's Blank Space
Ella Fitzgerald's Petootie Pie.
See you next week!