When we first released our episode on Passing by Nella Larsen in June of 2020, we were already professing our excitement for the new movie starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Nega. This month, the film is finally releasing on Netflix.
We can’t wait to watch and see how the palpable tension and twisty tone translate to the screen. This episode contains spoilers, but we give you ample warning so feel free to listen before or after watching.
Our discussion includes:
- Gatsby connections galore, and an argument for replacing Gatsby with Passing [16:35]
- Intersectionality and Irene’s struggle with loyalty across race, gender, and class lines [27:56]
- Who should pick this up? [32:15]
Plus, as always, we’re recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic, including a literary thriller and one of this summer’s buzziest books.
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah [43:14]
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