This is a new kind of episode for this podcast: in addition to the interviews, I will now do a book club in which I and a friend read a long book (>500 pages) I've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to. We will read around 100 pages per week and sit down for an hour to chat about the book. To not clog up the podcast feed, I'll publish two discussions in one episode every other week.
The first book in this book club is Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (Oliver Ready's translation for Penguin Classics). In this episode, we introduce the series in general and discuss parts 1 and 2 of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.
For this first book club series, I'm joined by Antonia Eisenköck. We did our Masters degree in Brain and Mind Sciences together at UCL. Since then, Antonia has gotten a PhD in psychology and now works in scientific publishing.
Some important notes:
1) Spoiler alert: we will discuss whatever happened in the book so far
2) You can listen to the episodes without having read the book, but I'm not sure how much sense it wil make. We asume you've read as far as we have. There will be a brief summary at the beginning of each chat, but this is a brief reminder of what happened, not a complete retelling of the story
3) We're using Oliver Ready's translation, published by Penguin Classic. You don't have to have the same version, but it might make it easier when mentioning page numbers. Also, we really like this translation!
4) This format is quite experimental and it took us 1-2 discussions to find our groove. After this episode, we've found our pattern and the quality of the discussion improves quite a bit
5) Finally, at first I thought this was going to be published as a separate podcast, but I've now decided to make it part of the BJKS Podcast after all. So you can ignore the beginning where I say that this is a new and unnamed podcast
0:00:05: Introducing this new type of episode, and discussing the weird shape of Ben's physical copy
0:07:36: Beginning Part 1
0:55:16: Beginning Part 2
1:04:05: End summary of Part 2, beginning of discussion
Link to photo of my pentagonal copy: https://twitter.com/BjksPodcast/status/1397595784200216577