This month, Dan Kois, Jamelle Bouie, and Emily Bazelon discuss Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about two Nigerians who migrate west: Ifemelu to America, and Obinze to London. Is the romance between these two star-crossed lovers convincing? Do the novel’s sharp-edged takes on race in America detract by seeming too much like a series of blog posts? And what does that title mean, exactly? Listen along!
Next month the Audio Book Club will debate the first volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic autobiographical novel, My Struggle. Is it a masterpiece, or just the boring tale of one Norwegian dad who can’t stop writing? Read the book and join us for our discussion on July 11.
Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.
The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team
The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.