Billionaire Book Club: A Podcast About Books
By Mike Langley
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There's a lot of great books out there but only so many hours in a day (experts believe there are between 22-27 hours in a a day). You just haven't got time to read all the books you want to - wouldn't it be great if someone could do it for you? Look no further. Each week, Mike Langley will read a book recommended by his guest and then have a conversation about it. Feel like you've read a new book without all that pesky reading! New episodes every Sunday! Reach out to Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or suggestions!
||ExplicitAndrew Kimler Talks Originals||I got to sit down with the very funny Andrew Kimler to talk about his choice, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (2016), by Adam Grant. It's a fascinating book that challenges all sorts of conventional wisdom. Why did the Segway...||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJustin Budlow Talks Ishmael||I sat down with my old friend Justin Budlow to talk about his choice, a wonderful book called Ishmael, written by Daniel Quinn. Like most good books, it's about a single man talking to a single gorilla. It's part philosophy book and part novel,...||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAmy Lynne Berger Talks One More Thing||I sat down with actor, comedian, and writer Amy Lynne Berger to talk about her excellent choice, B. J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (2014). It's the best book of short humor pieces I've read since Jon Stewart's Naked...||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeredith Houff Talks The Most Magnificent Thing||I sat down to talk with educator Meredith Houff about her choice, The Most Magnificent Thing, which was written by Ashley Spires and published in 2014. It's a great read about a little girl (and her dog/assistant) who tries and tries to bring to...||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhil Stamato Talks The Swerve||This week, I sat down with standup comic and student of the classics Phil Stamato to talk about The Swerve: How The World Became Modern, written by Stephen Greenblatt and published in 2011. It tells the story of a long-lost text, On The...||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonique Moses Talks Ready Player One||I sat down with Monique Moses to talk about Ready Player One, written by Ernest Cline and published in 2011. The book tells the story of a dystopian future in which civilization has mostly fallen apart and everyone spends much of their time...||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDavid Sonshine Talks The Fifth Sacred Thing||In this episode, I sat down with David Sonshine to talk about The Fifth Sacred Thing (1993) by Starhawk. This is a really cool book which tells the story of a dystopian future in which an eco-feminist society in the Bay Area comes into conflict...||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Diaz Talks How To Win Friends And Influence People||I sat down with my friend and colleague Mike Diaz, who chose the book How To Win Friends And Influence People (1936) by Dale Carnegie. It's a fascinating book that lays out principles for human relationships, and demonstrates with exhaustive...||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDre Wright Talks The Autobiography Of Malcolm X||I sat down with Dre Wright to talk about the vital, classic work The Autobiography of Malcolm X As Told To Alex Haley (1965). Dre is a friend and coworker who may soon be starting a podcast of his own - stay tuned! We get into the arc of...||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColin Canny Talks Fire And Fury||This week, I sat down with my friend and coworker Colin Canny to talk about the new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (2018) by Michael Wolff. Colin agreed to speed read the book with me so that we could get an episode out in time...||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShand Thomas Talks The Vacationers||This episode had me sitting down Shand Thomas to talk about Emma Straub's The Vacationers (2014). It's a fun and breezy story of - you guessed it - people on vacation, and we had a blast chatting about it. We covered the characters'...||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMomoh Pujeh Talks The Power Of Now||I sat down with standup comedian Momoh Pujeh to talk about his selection, The Power of Now (1997) by Eckhart Tolle, a book which extols the importance of "Now" (read the book or listen to the episode for a deeper understanding of the concept, or...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulianna Haubner Talks Ragtime||In this episode, I sat down with Julianna Haubner, who my friend and colleague from our college newspaper, the Colby Echo. She is one of the most voracious readers I know and is currently an editor for the publisher Simon & Schuster. We...||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeremy Bent Talks The Dispossessed||I sat down with Jeremy Bent to talk about Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed (1974). This is a riveting science fiction novel about two worlds & societies that have largely existed in isolation until the narrative present, and the story of the...||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEllen Castellini Talks The Dinner||I talked with Ellen Castellini about The Dinner (2009) by Herman Koch, which tells the story of two families who must address a horrible secret over the course of - and this came out of left field for me - a dinner. It's a by turns grim and...||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKelsey Nash Talks The War Of Art||In this episode, I talk with my friend Kelsey Nash about Steven Pressfield's The War of Art (2002). It was an honest and interesting conversation about the different battles we fight in trying to do creative work (or, different facets of "Resistance,"..||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaggie Bower Talks East of Eden||My friend Maggie Bower came on to talk about John Steinbeck's East of Eden (1952). This is one of my favorite books too, and I really enjoyed talking about Maggie's first reading of the book while leading a 50 day canoe trip in Ontario, the...||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSarah Jean Alexander Talks Inferno (A Poet's Novel)||In this episode, I sat down with friend and poet Sarah Jean Alexander, who chose the book Inferno (A Poet's Novel), by Eileen Myles. This was a really interesting book that explores poetry, writing, queerness, and living in New York, among other...||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKen McGraw Talks Belushi||I sat down with actor and comedian Ken McGraw to talk about his choice, Belushi: A Biography (2005) by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. We get into Belushi's tremendous life & works, his influence on Ken's life and comedy, as well as...||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBridget Scanlon Talks Cloud Atlas||I sat down with Bridget Scanlon to talk about David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (2004). It's a great read, both interesting for the story/stories it contains as well as it's stylistic and structural innovations. Bridget and I talk about the novel's Russian..||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Hargrave Talks The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius||This episode has me talking with Ben Hargrave about The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. We talk about its prescriptions for living a good life, the good emperor's emphasis on death and on what matters, and the weird serendipity you feel when you read...||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrandon Follick Talks You'll Grow Out Of It||In this episode, I got to talk with my fried Brandon Follick about the book You'll Grow Out Of It (2016) by Jessi Klein. We talk all about her hilarious writing style, my love of baths, and how her style in the book relates to some of her...||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnthony Andreassi Talks The Power And The Glory||In this episode, I sit down with Father Anthony Andreassi, who is a Priest of the Brooklyn Oratory of St. Philip Neri and a history teacher at Regis High School in New York. Anthony chose Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory (1940), a gripping...||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLucia Mueller Talks The Kite Runner||In this episode, I sat down with standup and improviser Lucia Mueller to talk about The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini. We talk about the book's big strengths (emotionally affecting!) and some of its weaknesses (overdrawn archetypes and...||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndy Maguire Talks The Golden Spruce||I sat down with my friend Andy Maguire to talk about The Golden Spruce (2005) by John Vaillant. The book tells the story of Grant Hadwin, a logger who in 1997 cut down a giant golden Sitka Spruce tree in an act of protest against logging...||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiz Wasser Talks American Gods||I sat down with actor Liz Wasser to talk about Neil Gaiman's American Gods (2001). This was a totally bizarre and fascinating book and I loved talking about it and hearing why Liz picked it. We cover mythology with plenty of healthy digressions into...||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Middleton Talks Harpo Speaks||In this episode, I talk with Mike Middleton about Harpo Speaks (1961), Harpo Marx's autobiography written with Rowland Barber. We get into everything from the Marx Brothers' Vaudeville career to the fame of figures like Alexander Woollcott and...||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBecky Chicoine Talks Where'd You Go, Bernadette||Becky chose Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2012) by Maria Semple, a really funny book that tracks the aftermath of a mother's disappearance in an affluent Seattle neighborhood. We cover the book's innovative structure ("a fresh take on the...||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMike Yoon Talks The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao||We get into Junot Díaz's book The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao which was published in 2007. We talk about whether you can escape your family's curses, why Mike related to the book as the child of immigrants, and my youthful crush on a...||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRosie Wennberg Talks Precarious Life||Rosie Wennberg joins me to talk about two essays from Judith Butler's Precarious Life (2004): "Violence, Mourning, Politics" and "Indefinite Detention," both of which deal with different post-9/11 American phenomena. The first touches on the...||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJean-Hervey Cesar Talks Jurassic Park||In this episode, I sit down with Jean-Hervey to talk Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. We talk about the incredible insights of Dr. Ian Malcolm, we explain how Martin Shkreli got his inspiration from John Hammond, and we give advice to budding...||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCourtney Laird Talks In the United States of Africa||I talk with Courtney Laird about the book she chose, In the United States of Africa by Abdourahman Waberi. We talk about some of the interesting ways in which Waberi flips traditional narratives, hear about Courtney's project to read a...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJames Wells Talks Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance||I talk with James Wells about the book he chose, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig. We get into Pirsig's theory of Quality, we talk about James's motorcycle, and we - this is the undiluted truth - have a lot of fun.||8/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Mike is a podcast god. He graces us mere mortles with is literalry analyses coupled with comedic wit to deliver a podcast that is both insightful but theraputic to listen to as well. Listening to this podcast is like listening to the Beatles for the first time over and over again.
Keep up the good work Mike
Funny and smart!
Love this! Mike is witty and the podcast is entertaining
Wowowooowww!!! This pod was a wry romp wrapping up the thoughts of great thinkers from Marcus Aurelius to Curtis Jackson. This ep provides such a wide and diverse swath of information(Stoicism, barbacking, The Golden Rule, Chevy Tahoes, et al) to parse through that my brain is swelling in anticipation for the mental work it has cut out for itself! Gripping from intro to outro. Thank you Mike and Ben, from the bottom of my Id!
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