BFG Podcast #027: Jonathan Franzen, ‘Last Night in Soho,’ and ‘The French Dispatch’

Our editor and writers bust through the week in culture

In this week’s thrilling edition of the Book and Film Globe Week In Review Podcast, editor-in-chief Neal Pollack puts his irrational anti-Jonathan Franzen bias aside to absorb Ted McClelland’s glowing review of Franzen’s new novel ‘Crossroads.’ As a middle-aged Midwestern Protestant man, Ted stands right in Franzen’s bullseye for this first book in a proposed trilogy called “The Key to All Mythologies.”

Stephen Garrett makes his weekly appearance, this week talking about Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho,’ a stylish but empty thriller that deconstructs the mythos of Swinging London. Didn’t Austin Powers do that already? Neal manages to get a dig in at Lily James’s Southern accent in ‘Baby Driver,’ something he’s been waiting to do for a long time.

Finally, Sara Stewart stops by to reminisce with Neal about the golden days of journalistic expense accounts as they talk about Wes Anderson’s cinematic homage to the classic New Yorker Magazine, ‘The French Dispatch.’ Neal and Sara also add many sentences to the growing Timotheé Chalamet discourse.

Enjoy the podcast show!

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