Episodes

Episode 106 - Night in the Woods

Are you ready for feelings? Because we've got 'em. Join us as we take a stroll through Night in the Woods, a game about anthropomorphic animals, existential angst, mental illness, labor politics, and cosmic terror. No, really. 

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Night in the Woods Review by Justin McElroy

Night In The Woods: The Kotaku Review by Riley MacLeod

Night in the Woods: A Review by Katherine Trattner

Night In The Woods Treats Depression Like A Part Of Life by Chloe Spencer

Joseph Brassey's thread on politics and wealth in small towns 

Night in the Woods: Where It's Okay Not to Be Okay by Deborah J. Brannon

Searching for Faith During a 'Night in the Woods' by Shonte Daniels

Night in the Woods is less than the sum of its excellent parts, but is still a great game by BigSocrates

Video Game Review: Night In The Woods by Travis Hymas

Night In The Woods: Do You Always Have A Choice? by What’s so Great About That?

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WWBUT 3 - I Super Care About Ghosts

Welcome to both of us being sick, a delightful audio treat full of sniffles and clearing our throats. We tried to edit it all out but folks: it's hard when you're as sick as we are. What have we been up to while we sit around and whine about having colds? How was PodCon? Let's find out!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Folk of the Air by Peter S. Beagle
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham

Watching:

The Masked Singer
The Good Place
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
She's All That
Fellowship of the Ring

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Marvel's Runaways
The Ted Bundy Tapes
Gods'School
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Episode 105 - The Dragon Prince

It's time to have feelings about villains as we dive deep into Netflix's The Dragon Prince! What's up with that animation? Why is it a good thing not to translate sign language? And what kind of fruit are Gren and Soren? All this and more!

Some Links You Might Find Interesting

Showrunner AMA

Ratatoing

How the ‘Spider-Verse’ Animators Created That Trippy Look by Charles Solomon

Spider-Verse's animation example

The Dragon Prince Is an Engrossing Fantasy Set in a World As Diverse As Our Own by Alex Barasch

Netflix’s The Dragon Prince is a worthy successor to Avatar: The Last Airbender by Cass Marshall

How The Dragon Prince carefully handled General Amaya’s deafness by Alex Barasch

Disability in Netflix’s The Dragon Prince by Sara Cleto

Social Model of Disability from Scope

‘The Dragon Prince’ is a charming fantasy adventure—with one cringeworthy flaw by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

DSRA on The Dragon Prince

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WWBUT 2 - Sexy Ear Time

This one's a special disaster, folks. We're talking about what we've been up to, as well as the news that Overwatch's Soldier 76 is gay! Also: how seals are like, super weird. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones
8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens
Long Lost by Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle (Missy's Reviews)
Dash Dearborne and the Unexpected Earthman by Claire Napier

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

The Marvelous Miss Maisel

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Episode 104 - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Welcome to the spoOooOOoOOky town of Greendale, the setting for Netflix's new CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA series. Our favorite teenage witch is back and a little darker than usual, dealing with patriarchy, cannibalism, and the dark lord Satan himself. But is it working? Let's find out.

Warning: Pretty sure we cussed in this one, given the nature of the show.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina production designer [Lisa Soper] on creating the terrifying occult world of Greendale by Prahlad Srihari

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Has Some Confused Views on Sexuality by Beth Elderkin

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Characters of Color Deserve Better by Charles Pulliam-Moore

6 Things We Liked about the First Season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (and 6 We Didn't) by Beth Elderkin and Charles Pulliam-Moore

About W.I.T.C.H.

The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture, Like Sabrina, and in "AHS Coven" and "Charmed," Reflects Women in the Real World by Kelsea Stahler

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WWBUT 1 - W W Butt

Welcome to our first weekly episode! It's a long one, since we had about three weeks of stuff to catch up on. But in addition to all the things we've been up to, we're sharing our favorite things of 2018, as well as some of yours! A nice, warm, pleasant episode to start of 2019 strong. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Salt Fat Acid Heat
- 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Star Samin Nosrat Wants To Burn It All Down
Mary Poppins Returns
Sailor Moon Crystal
Aquaman

Reading:

My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Harry Potter
Nailed It
The Great British Bake-Off
Aggretsuko

Reading:

The Steel Prince by V. E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri, Enrica Angiolini 

Our Favorites of 2018:

Missy:

Crazy Rich Asians
Becoming Dangerous by Katie West and Jasmine Elliot
Dirty Computer
The Good Place
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Merri:

Theme Parks
Women in Star Wars
V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic Series
Fan Fiction
Lore Olympus

Your Favorites of 2018:

The Haunting of Hill House - @allyxstuart
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - @brit_brooks and @angRiewords
Black Panther - @hey_joon
Crazy Rich Asians - @hey_joon
The Good Place - @hey_joon
The Good Place the Podcast - @hey_joon
The Captain Marvel Trailer - @hey_joon
The Dragon Age Teaser - @hey_joon
Sadie by Courtney Summers - @nancyfrancovic
Dash Dearborne by Claire Napier - @nolapfau
Dungeons & Dragons - Alena, Emily, and Chantel
Bird Box - Emily and Melissa
Get Out - Emily
Dumplin' - Melissa
Love, Simon - Melissa
Aggretsuko - Melissa
I Feel Pretty - Melissa
Nailed It  - Melissa
She-Ra - Melissa
Maneaters by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna - Melissa
Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham - Melissa
Luna the Vampire by Yasmin Sheikh - Melissa
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita - Melissa
Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin - Melissa
Smut Peddler edited by Spike Trotman, Johanna Draper Carlson, and Trisha L. Sebastian - Melissa
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman - Melissa
My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris - Melissa 

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Shipping Without an End Game by Magen Cubed

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Episode 103 - A Conjuring of Light

We end our journey into the many Londons of the Shades of Magic series as we began: with unabashed love for Lila Bard. We also talk more about cuffs (naturally), the language of sex scenes, and why new adult is a good audience! 

Warning: Lots of cussing and discussion of sex.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Anoshe: V.E. Schwab Bids Goodbye to the Shades of Magic Series (Spoiler-Filled Interview) by Kelly Gallucci

Shades of London: Why You Should Be Reading V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic by Aldi Arspach

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Episode 102 - A Gathering of Shadows

Our journey into the Shades of Magic series continues! We're getting into A Gathering of Shadows, the second book in V. E. Schwab's series, and discussing cuffs, how much we love Lila Bard, and what we predict for the rest of the series. Also, lots of conversations about romance, because boy howdy is there ever some good romance in this series.

Warnings: We just went ahead and swore on this one.

To get right to the main discussion, skip to around 43:30.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Supernatural Philosophy 

Playing:

LongStory (Missy's Review)
Omensight
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Watching:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Lore Olympus

Listening To:

Limetown

Watching:

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Good Place

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Plenty Of Shadows Loom In 'Gathering' by Tasha Robinson
WHY LILA BARD IS THE HERO OF THE SHADES OF MAGIC SERIES by Nicole Brinkley

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Episode 101 - A Darker Shade of Magic

Join us as we venture into a series of magical Londons in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series! This episode, we're talking about A Darker Shade of Magic, the first in the series and the introduction of Lila bard, the queen of our hearts, and Kell, a mess. We're also talking about symbols and the function of fantasy and more!

Warning: A bit of language, here and there. 

To get right to the conversation, fast forward to right around 35:50.

What Missy's Been Up To

Playing:

Reading:

  • salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

Watching;

  • Spider-Man 2

  • Sorry to Bother You

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Listening To:

  • Mabel 

 

What Merri's Been Up To

Watching;

  • Great British Baking Show

  • Doctor Who

  • Star Wars Resistance

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (Part 1) by Emily Asher-Perrin

“In Search of Doors”: Read V.E. Schwab’s 2018 J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature 

 5 Questions for the End of A Darker Shade of Magic by Emily Asher-Perrin 

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Episode 100 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine s. 4 - 5

Welcome to our all-new Venom podcast! We also talk about Brooklyn Nine-Nine a bit. Okay, more than a bit. We spend a lot of time discussing how seasons four and five break free of some of the shows pitfalls, but also where they keep stumbling. Also, a long discussion of bisexual representation and how important it is to let people tell their own stories.

To get right to the Brooklyn Nine-Nine conversation, skip to 00:25:00.

Warning: Swearing, and also just... an unbelievable number of uses of the word 'horny.' We're sorry.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Venom

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Venom
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Reading:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Review: "Moo Moo" Is One of the Best Episodes in the Series' Canon by Andy Crump

The Myth of the ‘Good Negro’ by Nikki Johnson Huston, Esq.

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Finally Tackled Racist Cops by Pilot Viruet

Showrunner Dan Goor on the ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ stop-and-frisk episode and the Talk by Alyssa Rosenberg

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz on Rosa's revelation, what's next by Dan Snierson

Thor’s Valkyrie, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Rosa, and Saying the Word by Maia Rose

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Episode 99 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine s. 1 - 3

It's time for us to journey into Brooklyn Nine-Nine! We've got thoughts on character diversity, on subverting stereotypes, and on fatphobia, as well as a long discussion of what makes something propaganda. 

If you want to get right to the Brooklyn Nine-Nine discussion, fast-forward to 00:33:30.

 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To: 

Lovegames

Reading:

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe

Watching:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Compendium of Magical Beasts by Melissa Brinks

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

 On Gay Issues, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Shines by Tyler Lopez 

 Andre Braugher Plays Gay On Andy Samberg’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” by Jim Halterman 

 Fox's Newest Cop Comedy Is Quietly Breaking Ground by Sunnivie Brydum 

 Laughing at the Cops - The Disconnect Between Police Comedies—Like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine"—And the Real Police by s. e. smith 

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Episode 98 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Welcome to Episode 98! We're talking about The Nightmare Before Christmas, a favorite childhood film for both of us. Us being us, we're talking about commercialization, subversion, children's media, and racism. And yes, there is the smallest bit of self-conscious singing. 

If you want to get right to The Nightmare Before Christmas talk, skip ahead to 00:27:00. 

Warnings: Despite this being an episode about a children's movie, there's some minor cussing and references to genitalia. Oops. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Oxenfree

Reading:

Sword and Sonnet

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Slow Burn

Reading:

Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Watching:

The Good Place

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

The Ultimate Sitcom by Sam Anderson

The Making of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Part One by Jim Korkis 

21 Things You Didn't Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas by Kristy Puchko  

Nightmare Before Christmas' Flaunts Burton's Wacky Style by David Sterritt

'Nightmare Before Christmas' Turns 20: From Shameful Spawn To Disney's Pride by Scott Mendelson 

Little Burton Blue: Tim Burton and the Product(ion) of Color in the Fairy-Tale Films The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride by D. Olson

The Nightmare Before Christmas Is Actually About Why Cultural Appropriation Is Terrible by Katie Schenkel 

Cuphead and the Racist Spectre of Fleischer Animation by Yussef Cole

The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinema by Anna Everett 

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Bonus Episode: Interview with Sarah Smith

We sat down to talk with Sarah Smith, a progressive candidate for Congress in Washington's 9th District. It might seem strange to have a political candidate on Fake Geek Girls, but when the opportunity to speak to a self-described gamer who's also out there doing the hard work of changing our country's future appears, you take it.

You can learn more about Sarah on her website, votesarahsmith.com, which also includes links to donate and volunteer. Consider supporting a progressive candidate in your area by checking out this list as well as ongoing efforts by organizations like Swing Left or Sister District.

Episode 97 - V for Vendetta

It’s time for episode 97, in which we discuss a film and comic that were seriously foundational for us--Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta! Does the film hold up over a decade after its release? Does the comic hold up over 30 years after its release? How do we feel about it now that we’re (hopefully) older and wiser?

If you want to get right to the V for Vendetta conversation, skip to 00:22:00.

Warning: We went ahead and cussed in this one. Not a little bit, a lot.

What Missy’s Been Up To:

Playing:

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Reading:

Agnes and Sora by Wendy Xu

Listening To:

Lingthusiasm

What Merri’s Been Up To:

Playing:

Spider-Man

Watching:

The Dragon Prince

Some Links You might Find Interesting:

Viewpoint: V for Vendetta and the rise of Anonymous by Alan Moore

Shakespeare and the Catholic Revenger: "V for Vendetta" by Michael D. Friedman

Remember, remember the fifth of November/ And everything England is not by Kelly Kanayama

Apologize to No One — V for Vendetta is More Important Today Than it Ever Was by Emily Asher-Perrin

Political Issues: The Self Fulfilling Misogyny of “Seminal” Comics by Rosie Knight

“A vestige of the vox populi” — V for Vendetta by Keith R.A. DeCandido

A FOR ALAN, Pt. 1: The Alan Moore interview by Heidi MacDonald

Authors on Anarchism - an Interview with Alan Moore

V FOR VENDETTA And How To Update A Story by Adam Pilfold-Bagwell

Love and Violence in V for Vendetta by K. Combe and B. Boyle


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Episode 96 - PAX West

We're back from PAX West and boy howdy, are we tired. But lucky for you, we're back with interviews, panel discussions, and all the great games we played, as well as a LENGTHY discussion of what we've been up to!

WARNING: There’s some cussing in this one. Oops.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Watching:
Annihilation
Crazy Rich Asians
To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Playing:
Shadow of the Colossus
Final Fantasy X
Battle Chef Brigade

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Watching:
The 100

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

We Need a New ToeJam & Earl As Soon As Possible by Tom Mc Shea
Game Narrative 20XX: Futures of Interactive Storytelling
League of Heels: West Coast Wishes

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Episode 95 - Capitalism and the Animation Industry

We're back with a special guest for episode 95, in which we're talking about the animation industry, capitalism, and the critiques we're seeing in children's media. Thank you so much to our guest for bringing personal insight and professional knowledge to our discussion!

You might notice some choppiness throughout this episode. To protect our guest's identity, we decided it was in everyone's best interest to edit her name out. Though it might sound a little unusual, it's not a problem with your speakers or connection, just the natural result of taking a second or so out of a sentence. Same with the fuzziness that comes up midway through and fades in and out —we're sorry for the technical problems! Hope you enjoy the discussion regardless!

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

We didn't discuss all these pieces during the episode, but they're all worth reading!

Leading Hollywood movies based on merchandise sales revenue as of January 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Pixar’s Art Leaves Profit Watchers Edgy by Brooks Barnes
'Star Wars,' 'Minions' to Lead Record Year for Toy Industry by Alex Ben Block
'Minions' Could Become One Of The Highest-Grossing Animated Movies Ever by Natalie Robehmed
List of highest-grossing animated movies
Animating Hierarchy: Disney and the Globalization of Capitalism by Lee Artz
Steven Universe creator has done more for LGBTQ visibility than you might know by Nick Romano
That Time Disney Remade Beauty and the Beast by Linday Ellis
Wage theft coverage from Cartoon Brew
'Sausage Party' Animators' Pay Dispute Prompts Union Complaint by Tobias Burns and Etan Vlessing
The working conditions for some ‘Sausage Party’ animators were pretty terrible by Stephanie Merry
6 Ways 'Sausage Party' Got Away With Screwing Its Artists by Christina H
Vancouver Animation Industry Survey Reveals Alarming Low Wages and Unpaid Overtime Practices by Amid Amidi
Pocahontas Was a Mistake, and Here's Why! by Lindsay Ellis
The Revisionist World of Disney: Mary Poppins, Walt Disney and Saving Mr. Banks by Lindsay Ellis
Disney CEO asks employees to chip in to pay copyright lobbyists by Joe Mullin
The Tragedy of the "Commons" by Mexie
Ending The Tragedy of The Commons by Big Think and Elinor Ostrom
Wall-E is an eco-dystopian gem — an anti-consumption movie (from Disney!) by Joe Romm
Wall-E as Sociological Storytelling by Pop Culture Detective
'The Lego Movie' Isn't Just Anti-Capitalist. It's Anti-Fox, Too. by Emmett Rensin
The LEGO Movie is Practically Communist by Bilge Ebiri
Disney, 21st Century Fox Shareholders Approve $71.3 Billion Merger by Amid Amidi
Mister Gotcha by Matt Bors
Stop Asking “Is This Feminist?” by Lindsay Ellis

Disney Strike History and the Animation Guild:

Cartoons and Class Struggle by Kenneth Bergfeld
On This Day 75 Years Ago, Disney Animation Changed Forever: The Disney Artists’ Strike of 1941 by Amid Amidi
The Disney Strike of 1941: How It Changed Animation & Comics by Tom Sito
The Animation Guild History
What animation unions do
A Tale of Two Titmouses: A Cartoon Brew Investigation by Amid Amidi

Bad Takes:

EconPop - The Economics of WALL-E by EconStories
Your guide to the WALL-E controversy by Sean O'Neal (okay, they're not ALL bad takes, but there are some real stinkers in here)
WALL-E: Economic Ignorance and the War on Modernity by Gennady Stolyarov II
5 secret political meanings hidden in ‘The Lego Movie’ by Kyle Smith (again, not all bad, but beware the ones that are)

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*REUPLOAD* Episode 94 - Bobs Burgers s. 5 - 8

REUPLOAD - we're having some problems with new episodes syncing to Apple Podcasts. This is the same episode posted on Monday, just reuploaded in the hopes that Apple Podcasts will sync it correctly. Fingers crossed!

Welcome to episode 94, in which we discuss seasons five through eight—well, we try. It turns out that's a LOT of TV to watch in a short period of time, which spurs on another conversation for us about how we consume media.

To get right to the Bob's Burgers talk, skip to 00:30:00.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:
IndieComplete

Reading:
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:
Darknet Diaries
Mabel

Reading:
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Bob's Burgers creator promises to improve gender balance in show's voice cast by Piya Sinha-Roy
Infrequently Asked Questions: Why do we binge-watch? By Brandon Baker

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Episode 94 - Bobs Burgers S. 5 - 8

Welcome to episode 94, in which we discuss seasons five through eight—well, we try. It turns out that's a LOT of TV to watch in a short period of time, which spurs on another conversation for us about how we consume media.

To get right to the Bob's Burgers talk, skip to 00:30:00.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:
IndieComplete

Reading:
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:
Darknet Diaries
Mabel

Reading:
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Bob's Burgers creator promises to improve gender balance in show's voice cast by Piya Sinha-Roy
Infrequently Asked Questions: Why do we binge-watch? By Brandon Baker

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Episode 93 - Bobs Burgers S. 1 - 4

It's episode 93, and we're spending some time with one of our favorite TV families - the Belchers of Bob's Burgers! Join us as we discuss an actual working class TV family, why the comedy works for us, and how we think it could do better.

To get right to the Bob's Burgers talk, skip to 00:22:20.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:
I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

Watching:
A Quiet Place

Reading:
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy and Carey Pietsch

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:
The Adventure Zone
Sawbones
Wonderful

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Bob’s Burgers became TV’s most enjoyable show by channeling early Simpsons by Todd VanDerWerff
The Belchers on Bob's Burgers Are the Most Perfect TV Family by Ben Collins
"Bob's Burgers" serves up bad first course by Tim Goodman
Why Tina Belcher Is a Folk Hero for Anxious Young People By Jon Christian
Feminism In A Run-Down Taffy Factory: The Women Of 'Bob's Burgers' by Alexander McCall

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