Episode 002: Middlesex


Thanks for joining us for this episode of Time to Read. We are discussing Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Next month, we’re reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think! Discuss it here, or email us.

In this episode we talked about:

How I Met Your Mother
Forrest Gump
Air Ride
Chapter Eleven
The Obscure Object – from the movie That Obscure Object of Desire
Rune stones
Kirsten’s dog Dave
Street photographer Vivian Maeir
As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto
Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides (featuring the Oracular Vulva)
Jeff Goldblum
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
David Sedaris

Nerd Words for Word Nerds:

Kirsten – Ruinenlust (and the book Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke
Erica – Bombyx mori (and the Cormoran Strike series)
Trevor – Peplum (costume feature and movie genre)
Alan – Apparatchik (and Old Man’s War by John Scalzi)

WPL programs and services mentioned: 

Spring break at WPL (or register online)
Novelist Plus
Upcoming gardening programs (
At the Library newsletter page 5, or register online)


Our special thanks to Sally Ito, author of Alert to Glory and to the members of the Fort Garry book club


Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Your hosts today were Alan Chorney, Kirsten Wurmann, Trevor Lockhart, and Erica Ball. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production and music by Dennis Penner. Some of our comments and questions today came from Wayne from Millennium, Laura from Fort Garry, Monica from West End, and @MysterNightOwl from Twitter.


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5 years ago

By the way, am currently now reading the graphic novel, Imagine Wanting Only This (based on my own recommendation and nerd word, ruinenlust) and I am REALLY liking it. It’s beautifully written, starkly illustrated in parts (perhaps to give space for the reader’s contemplation about all the decay). But I am finding it less of a “what’s the point of this temporary life?” book, and more of a “let’s take pleasure and contentment and value in the small, precious moments around the decay” book.