Harry Potter and the Angst Child

Loud Librarian Josh, and fellow Potterheads Dakota Kygar and Katrina Wendt, tap the third brick from the left, and re-enter the magical world of Harry Potter. Join the crew as they discuss Jack Thorne’s, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Find out if Josh and Kat can officially agree on anything, and whether any of them actually liked reading the book.

Posted on May 25, 2017 and filed under Podcast.

They Shook a Speare With We! (Shakespeare Part 3)

Gather around, fans of the bard, for Joshua Valentine and Ben Hamlin gather once again to talk about the master playwright and performer, William Shakespeare. This time, instead of diving into any one play, the duo goes over the history of the bard, how the folios came to be and the legacy of his work to this day. Plus they tackle the important questions, who is our modern day Shakespeare?

Posted on May 4, 2017 and filed under Podcast.

Book-Bite #3, Bookish Habits

Loud Librarian Josh discusses some of the usual bookish habits that people often have, and then gives everyone a bit to think about by discussing some not-so-often considered habits that might just help your reading lives. 

Posted on March 22, 2017 .

Book-Bite #1, The Places We Buy Books

Loud Librarian Josh discusses bookstores and bookshops in the first ever Loud Librarian Book-Bite! Join Josh as he reminisces about Borders Books, and talks at length about Powell’s Books of Portland, Oregon, and why everyone should just live there (in Powell’s).

Josh also discusses the local bookshops of Corvallis, Oregon, and describes what makes each of them unique. The Book Bin, Browser’s Books, and Grass Roots Books and Music. Each shop is its own community hub of book lovers, and the proprietors give each store an individuality that makes them, together, a triumvirate force of literature in Corvallis.

Posted on November 21, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

Thou Shook a Speare at Me! (Shakespeare Part 2)

Loud Librarian Josh, and Infinity Break Content Director Benjamin Hamlin embark on yet another lengthy jaunt through the land of Shakespeare. Did we say we’d talk about the legacy of the playwright? Well jokes on you, as a long discussion begins regarding aspects of Shakespeare’s plays; particularly those of Hamlet, and Macbeth. Join these to literature addicts as they once again dig into the works of Shakespeare to great amusement. 

Posted on October 24, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

I Shake a Speare at Thee

Long-winded comic book fanatic, Content Director of Infinity Break, and Shakespeare enthusiast Ben Hamlin returns to the Loud Librarian Podcast to talk with Josh about the old English playwright. Tears are shed, laughs abound, and Ben breaks his brain several times as Josh asks all of the important questions, like, “Should you always stab your curtains?”  

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: https://www.osfashland.org/en.aspx  

Librivox (for the public domain audiobooks) : https://librivox.org/ 

Posted on October 13, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

You're a Harry, Wizard (Part 2)

Loud Librarian Josh, and knowledgeable guest Dakota Kygar, return for part two of their magical journey through the world of Harry Potter. Listen in as they discuss the Malfoys, and maybe how they're not all bad; Hagrid as a big fuzzy uncle; and that maybe Dumbledore should just Dumble-don't.

Posted on September 21, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

You're a Harry, Wizard (Part 1)

Loud Librarian Josh, and guest Dakota Kygar hop aboard the Loud Librarian Express to discuss the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Join them on this multi-episode discussion as they talk about school house stereotypes, why wizards don’t use guns, and how Harry and Ron are both dumb as hell.

Posted on September 12, 2016 .

Ooooh Shiny!

Loud Librarian Josh Valentine is back from vacation and ready to roll! Josh discusses methods of branching in the genre world, and how your next big read might be something you didn't expect. Books come in many flavours, so it's important not to limit your style. Josh covers Romance and Non-fiction specifically, while also sharing tips about finding new books in unfamiliar genres.

Posted on August 24, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

Biff! Bam! Pow!

Today on the Loud Librarian Podcast, Josh is joined by Infinity Break Content Director Ben Hamlin, who knows a thing or two about comics. Josh and Ben discuss whether or not comics count as actually reading, and then dig into the surprisingly complex history of comics, and comic publication. Josh made sure to read some Garfield to prepare.

~Some things we mentioned:

For your Marvel Comics fix, check out Marvel Unlimited  

To learn more on the history of Marvel Comics, check out the book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe

Posted on July 25, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

A Hairy-Footed Hero

This week's Loud Librarian has Josh looking over his all-time favourite work of literature, J.R.R. Tolkien’s, “The Hobbit.” What makes it such a dear and timeless classic? Josh gets into talking about how the world of Middle Earth is far more complex than it may seem, while ferociously waving his nerd-flag, and tearing into Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation. *Spoilers* for those of you who haven’t read the book, or seen the movies.

For the audiobook, check out Robert Inglis. He’s an amazing narrator.

Posted on July 19, 2016 and filed under Podcast.

Crushing on the Classics

Today on The Loud Librarian, Josh and knowledgeable guest, Abby Erickson, dig into defining classical literature, and why it may or may not be important. These two discuss in detail their experiences with reading classical literature, and how education played around that. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Woolf, and more, Josh and Abby bring all of these under the knife to closely examine just why professor’s continue to toss them at their students, and how the students might feel about that.

Posted on July 11, 2016 and filed under Podcast.