Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel/Islay Storm - Part 1

In literature, as in life, sometimes you find yourself in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where if you’ve survived the pandemic, there’s probably a reason - and that reason may be that the prophet of the new age needs you to be his wife. Or maybe you’re destined to be something else entirely. Or maybe destiny’s got nothing to do with it, and you’re just going to build a museum to your own definition of humanity. Let’s see what Michael & Ethan think of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  In this episode:

  • Michael digs to get at Ethan’s true feelings.

  • Ethan don’t need no man.

  • Ethan forgot everything.

  • Civilization or Death! Or both!

  • Michael gets all the hosting points and is winning.

  • This is gonna be the Shakespeare podcast!

  • Ethan reminds us that fictional characters are fictional.

  • Ethan brings it back to Don Quixote.

  • Also Lolita.

  • Michael brags about how smart he is.

  • Ethan stops talking about literary terms and starts talking about salsa.

  • Michael connects it to The Last Man on Earth.

  • Michael gives a preview to the next book.

  • If you’re annoyed, what if that’s the point?

After they finish this gigantic beast of a book, they'll next be reading and discussing Things not Seen by Andrew Clements.  Join the discussion!  Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line.  We'd love to hear from you!  And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

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