BFG Podcast #019: ‘Shang-Chi,’ ‘Only Murders In The Building,” and More

Our editor and writers break down the week in pop culture and literature

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In this week’s excellent edition of the Book and Film Globe Week in Review podcast, editor-in-chief Neal Pollack welcomes Sharyn Vane to talk about the strange and unsettling phenomenon of parents “opting out” of their children’s school reading list. This justifiably outrages Sharyn, and Neal says, “short of The Turner Diaries, there’s nothing I would mind my kids reading in school.”

That societal problem solved, Neal moves on to talk to Pablo Gallaga about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe tentpole feature. They both enjoyed the movie, and Pablo points out that some of the things Neal didn’t care for, such as frequent training flashbacks, are actually common features of kung fiction. It’s a fun picture, check it out.

Finally, Paula Shaffer drops by for a little chat about the new Steve Martin/Martin Short Hulu comedy Only Murders In The Building. The show is a delight, and Paula is grateful to have it, because “usually I watch a lot of hot garbage.” This show is not a lot of hot garbage, and Steve Martin and Martin Short are back!

Give it a listen, you’ll be happy.

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