Favourites of the Month

Favourites of the Month : November


Hi everyone!

It’s high time for my very belated November favourites! This month, I fell in love with two podcasts and a Youtube channel, and, for the first time, I also have a music favourite!

You Must Remember This (Podcast)

I have already recommended this podcast to lots of people but I feel like this is still not enough… It is one of the best podcasts I have ever listened to (and I am now becoming a sort of podcast connoisseur!). Created and hosted by film journalist, critic and author Karina Longworth, who has an amazing voice, this cinema podcast focuses on the “secrets and forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century”.

The podcast comprises several series of a dozen or so episodes each. I’m not sure when a new series will be released, but I can’t wait for this to happen. Among my favourite series were Charles Manson’s Hollywood – this series’s episodes explore the murders committed by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969 and the Hollywood music and movie scene surrounding these murders –, The Blacklist – the episodes explore the development of the Blacklist from 1947 and the “Hollywood Ten” hearings and how it strongly affected screenwriters and actors who were, rightly or wrongly, accused of being Communists sympathizers – and MGM stories – each episode of this series being devoted to a producer, actor or other Hollywood character having worked at the emblematic MGM movie studio.

All the episodes of this podcast are widely researched. Even though I don’t know anything about old Hollywood movies, I really enjoy this podcast because everything is carefully explained, with plenty of details, and I learnt many interesting facts thanks to it. Of course, all the stories themselves are fascinating – early Hollywood movie stars had really crazy lives – and they are made even more fascinating by the way they are narrated throughout the carefully-crafted episodes. Each episode has awesome music, special guests playing some characters and so on! Karina Longworth really manages to turn each episode into a breathtaking story, and that’s what I want from a podcast.

Longform (Podcast)

This podcast may not be for everyone but it really made my month! Each episode of this podcast is a long interview (usually about an hour long) with a non-fiction writer. The guests are mostly journalists, editors and freelance writers. I find this podcast highly interesting and inspiring. The guests always have fascinating and very personal stories to tell, and I really like hearing how they’ve started their career (some of these writers are established writers who have started their careers decades ago and got into the industry almost by chance, sometimes in very funny ways, while others young writers have more down-to-earth stories that actually make me dream that I could also become a freelance writer at some point!).

I must say also say that the hosts of this podcast, Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky and Evan Ratliff, know how to ask the right questions. Not much else to add, if you like writing and reading, this podcast is probably for you. Among my favourite episodes, I would recommend this conversation with Ben Taub (contributing writer at The New Yorker who spent time in Turkey, near the Syrian border, and wrote several articles about ISIS and European teenagers joining ISIS, among others) or this conversation with Shane Bauer, who worked undercover as a guard in a private prison for four months for an article.

Las Aves (Band)

Before Las Aves was The Dodoz, a French rock band from Toulouse (the members were actually from my high school, if you want to know everything, but I am 100% neutral here!) who became quite famous in France with their energic/angry rock music. A couple of years ago, The Dodoz took a new musical direction and became Las Aves, an electro band with a dash of punk-rock who makes very efficient songs. I find their songs very cinematographic and could totally imagine them becoming a movie’s soundtrack! I can only recommend you to go to listen to the songs they posted on their channel: N.E.M, Die In Shangai, Leo and Los Angeles. Las Aves is also very aware of issues such as women’s image and sexism, and wanted to have their say in their own way. The clips of the first 3 songs I mentioned constitute a trilogy which, as the band says, “puts the light on girls doing their own thing, with their own style. […] To just watch them as they enjoy their freedom, their differences, or even their normality.” And for this, I also say thumbs up!

Frannerd (Youtube Channel)

“Frannerd” is the Youtube channel of Fran Meneses, a free-lance illustrator from Chile who lives in Hastings, in England, and it is just amazing. Her videos range from live drawing videos to stationery hauls and fascinating discussions about the artistic world, what working free-lance means, how to earn one’s living when you’re an illustrator and so on. I am not an artist but I find the artistic world absolutely fascinating and I am very admiring of artists, and I love the fact that this channel gives me a glimpse of the life and work of an illustrator. I also need to emphasize that Fran has an Etsy shop where she sells some of her wonderful creations and you should really check it out.

Now I am waiting for your recommendations guys 🙂

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  • Reply Sophie 17 December 2016 at 9 h 44 min

    Amélie ! Thanks for the podcast recommendations, the only one I like at the moment is The New Yorker: Fiction, in which an author reads a short story by another author published in the NY. There’s also The Author’s Voice: an author reading his own short story. Both are great. I would also recommend the ‘feminist’ podcast “Women of the Hour” by Lena Dunham (from the TV series Girls).

    Sinon, I’ve read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It’s the story of a turning point in the life of a 20 or so year old girl (an aspiring writer), I won’t say more but it’s the most striking book I’ve read this year.

    • Reply ameliereadingit 18 December 2016 at 18 h 10 min

      Thanks for these recommendations Sophie! I’ll check out “The New Yorker: Fiction” and “The Author’s Voice” podcasts. I was listening to “Women of the Hour” too, it’s a great podcast indeed, but unfortunately I don’t think new episodes have been released in a long time.

      I’ve heard a lot about “The Bell Jar” and I am now totally convinced that I need to read it as soon as possible. I’ll let you know when I’ve read it and we can discuss it 😉 Thank youuu! xx

  • Reply ameliereadingit 18 December 2016 at 18 h 16 min

    Thanks for all these recommendations Sophie! I’ll check out these two short story podcasts. I was also listening to “Women of the Hour” and it’s a great podcast indeed! Unfortunately I don’t think new episodes have been released in a long time.

    I heard a lot about the “The Bell Jar” and now I am totally convinced that I need to read it as soon as possible. I’ll let you know once I’ve read it and we can discuss it 😉 Thanks again, I always love getting recommendations from you!

  • Reply heyimManon 18 January 2017 at 17 h 36 min

    Well, i think one of my “2017 resolutions” will be to start listening to podcasts, thanks for the boost !

  • Reply JacquiWine 21 January 2017 at 10 h 15 min

    I’m so pleased to see You Must Remember This on your list of recommendations. It’s one of my favourite podcasts too, such fascinating insights into Hollywood’s Golden Age!

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