WLRN #FridayReads: Sundial Edition

Jan 19, 2018

WLRN’s daily news and cultural affairs show Sundial features news, politics, music, sports, arts and food — all with a local twist. It airs at 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Here's what the people behind the show are reading.

Luis Hernandez, host

I'm reading Slackanomics, Generation X In The Age Of Creative Destruction by Lisa Chamberlain.

It's a look at how Generation X has been shaped by the economy since the ‘80s, especially the dot-com bust and the recession of 2008, and how it will have to solve the economic and environmental challenges moving forward. I am in the process of really understanding my generation and the role we're playing in the world today.

Polly Landess, producer

I’m finishing up an Edward Rutherford chronicle, London. It’s epic historical fiction – from the ancients to present day. I have read some of his others...Paris, New York, etc. I really enjoy the history, characters and relationships.

I have two more books to read over the next few weeks. One new — Pachinkoa novel that captures the lives of those displaced and struggling to survive. Korean and Japanese cultures. I want to learn more.

And, I’m rereading a novel from many years ago: The Disappearance by Philip Wylie. Over the past year, so many headlines and actions make me think that our civilization is enacting measures that have been talked about but never put in motion. The Disappearance tells the story that the wodisappear from the mens world and the men disappear from the women's world. Have thought about that book a lot. It keeps playing with my brain. I want to revisit and find our why.

Maeve McGoran, producer

Spliced, by my favorite novelist in the world, Jon McGoran. I cannot tell a lie, he's my brother! It's a really imaginative, suspenseful book, set in a not-too-distant dystopian future when all the cool kids are dabbling in genetic modification and suddenly find themselves persecuted by members of a neo-fascist movement that's taken over the government. Kind of Orphan Black meets 1984.

Felipe Rivas, intern 

I just finished reading Native Son by Richard Wright. It is the story of Bigger Thomas, a poor young African American from Chicago in the 1920s, who is driven to kill by people who allegedly want to help and understand him better.

I wanted to read it because I was interested in the themes of systemic oppression, destiny and the mental battle that goes inside a young person’s head every day. I don’t think Bigger was a complete monster, he just got cornered into a horrible predicament with no help or an outlet for expression. I think we have all been there in some way or form.

I just ordered a copy of Fire And Fury by Michael Wolff. I want to find a balance between reading about fiction and current events.