Rough Draught

Rough Draught

A boozy book club podcast for literature lovers everywhere! Hosts Carissa and Kirsty dive into a variety of genres and a variety of beverages to discuss the best and worst of the English language.

All Episodes

Kirsty & Carissa -- or is it Carissa & Kirsty? -- wander through the plot of Hamlet and their own lives with some verbose companions. What is the point???? You decide!   Topic: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Nov 18

59 min 29 sec

In the October spooktacular finale, Kirsty & Carissa enter a suspiciously empty town and get to the bottom of the corn maze. Twice.   Topic: "Children of the Corn" by Stephen King Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Nov 10

41 min 59 sec

Kirsty & Carissa step back to 14th-century France and encounter plague, demons, biblically accurate angels, and a quest. It's religious horror! It's Lovecraftian! It's all-around weird! What are the fires? Let's find out!   Topic: Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Nov 1

50 min 13 sec

They're creepy and they're kooky, they're watching spooky movies because it's Halloween time! You know what's happening here! Let's talk about Joan Cusack!   Topic: Addams Family Values (1993, dir. Barry Sonnenfeld) Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Oct 28

50 min 46 sec

Kirsty & Carissa stay put in Birmingham for an episode full of love, community, and character. Also food. Also crying. Just buckle up, it's a fun one.   Topic: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Oct 21

1 hr 4 min

Kirsty & Carissa have a lot of grievances to air, and so does Ignatius P. Reilly. Grab a beignet and let's discuss.   Topic: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Oct 3

57 min 6 sec

Kirsty & Carissa work on their villainous puns and characterization as they watch this classic superhero romp, and also take a moment to appreciate Jim Carrey.   Topic: Batman Forever (dir. Joel Schumacher) Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Sep 22

45 min 12 sec

Kirsty & Carissa open up their voids and try to unpack exactly what happened - and whether it matters - in this abstract, introspective graphic novel. Bonus: recorded in only one physical place! Topic: Dream Tube by Rebekka Dunlap Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Sep 15

51 min 23 sec

Per recommendation, Kirsty & Carissa take off to a cold, genderless planet to discover their politics, interpersonal relationships, and survival tips for hiking through the tundra for many many days.   Topic: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Sep 7

57 min 15 sec

Carissa & KIrsty try to piece together an overarching plot to link some of their favorite/least favorite characters. Does it work? Does it make any sense? Only you can decide.   Theme: "Make It Ours"

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Aug 19

57 min 15 sec

Kirsty & Carissa catch up on a lifetime of gossip between Nives, a widow with a troubled pet chicken, and Loriano, an alcoholic veterinarian. Details best discovered along the way.   Topic: Nives by Sacha Naspini Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Aug 11

58 min 36 sec

Kirsty & Carissa shift forms and tiptoe along a complicated system of magic, politics, demon exploitation, neglect, revenge, and heists.   Topic: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud  Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Aug 3

56 min 19 sec

Kirsty & Carissa flex the poetry part of their brains to discuss Big Feelings in New York - a favorite genre.   Topic: Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O'Hara Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Jul 23

51 min 47 sec

Kirsty & Carissa tackle a frustratingly-full-of-potential dystopia that ostensibly imagines a Hunger Games / Game of Thrones / Ender's Game medley with a protagonist problem.   Topic: Red Rising by Pierce Brown Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Jun 30

1 hr 9 min

Kirsty & Carissa pay homage to fanfiction as an art and to the great and mighty Luigi, Mr. Lean n' Green, who has long been overshadowed by his inferiorly mustached brother.   Topic: Luigi Number One by Luigi Enthusiast Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Jun 22

37 min 50 sec

Kirsty & Carissa discuss Fanon's seminal treatise on colonialism, decolonization, and sociology, while discovering exactly how many times they can say the word "colonize" in an hour.   Topic: The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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May 26

1 hr 5 min

Kirsty & Carissa take a brief break from the world of literature to discuss a trippy, stressful-then-decidedly-not-stressful culty horror film starring the greatest actor of our time.   Topic: Mandy (dir: Panos Cosmatos) Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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May 19

49 min 30 sec

Kirsty & Carissa cosplay as ancient Britons to explore the connections between power, violence, masculinity, ritual, and snacks.   Topic: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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May 11

52 min 39 sec

Carissa & Kirsty finally confront the wallpaper in the room and discuss isolation, misogyny, and sensory horror.   Topic: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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May 6

42 min 8 sec

Kirsty & Carissa challenge each other to identify book plots solely by the covers. Mostly nonsense. Enjoy.   Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Apr 30

41 min 32 sec

Carissa & Kirsty follow the White Rabbit on a nostalgic trip featuring identity crises and character analysis of Alice.    Topic: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Apr 21

51 min 40 sec

Kirsty & Carissa set out to solve the mystery surrounding love, class, science, and murder in this smart period drama.   Topic: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Apr 7

56 min 9 sec

Kirsty & Carissa explore the stories of several defectors from North Korea & discuss bias, responsibility, and the value of personal experience.   Topic: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Mar 30

58 min 38 sec

Kirsty & Carissa take a road trip to a land of learning, meeting a wide cast of characters and discovering the joys of the world around them along the way.   Topic: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Mar 16

41 min 24 sec

Kirsty & Carissa go on a modern Southern gothic road trip featuring supernatural entities, bodily fluids, and sweet sweet emotional catharsis.   Topic: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Mar 5

58 min 7 sec

Kirsty & Carissa go to YALE for some dark academia gore: ghosties and rituals and emotional trauma and romance and more.   Topic: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Feb 26

49 min 12 sec

Carissa & Kirsty celebrate Valentine's Day by rediscovering a love of romance thanks to a cast of charming, complex characters and a story that is heartwarming but not saccharine.   Topic: Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Feb 17

49 min 8 sec

Kirsty & Carissa consider silence, rebellion, joy, love, and the infinite penis.   Topic: Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Feb 11

59 min 16 sec

Kirsty & Carissa finish the extremely solid Arc of a Scythe series with religious allegory, space exploration, and another underwhelming storyline for Rowan.   Topic: The Toll by Neal Shusterman Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Feb 3

1 hr 19 min

Kirsty & Carissa take a hit of candid, vivid writing on a journey through the mind of an Iraq-vet-slash-heroin-addict-slash-hopeless-romantic-slash-part-time-bank-robber-slash-average-dude.   Topic: Cherry by Nico Walker Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Jan 26

55 min 24 sec

Kirsty & Carissa revisit the books of Rough Draught 2020, and none of the real-life events. Who will win the coveted Best Classic, or some of the more obscure Draughties? Let's find out!

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Jan 12

1 hr 9 min

Carissa & Kirsty celebrate the holidays with a litany of angelic, demonic, and vampiric figures. It's...really...something.   Topic: A Fashionably Dead Christmas by Robyn Peterman Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Jan 8

36 min 4 sec

Kirsty & Carissa delve into spy work to discover how treason works, why people might commit treason, and whether or not anyone actually cares about treason.   Topic: The Spy Who Couldn't Spell by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Jan 5

45 min 21 sec

Kirsty & Carissa visit another classic fantasy world, consider the definition of allegory, and enjoy good old-fashioned imagination.   Topic: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Dec 2020

1 hr

Kirsty & Carissa discuss the concept of genre: purpose, execution, and personal interaction with.   Topic: The Concept of Genre Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Dec 2020

58 min 1 sec

Kirsty & Carissa head out to Long Island for a relaxing and mildly apocalyptic vacation. On the way, they consider what it would be like if every waking moment were crucially important.   Topic: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Dec 2020

1 hr

Kirsty & Carissa get a makeover and learn how to be princesses of vague fictional European countries as well as how to deal with parents, friends, and boys. Topic: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Dec 2020

53 min 39 sec

Kirsty & Carissa are joined by friend and future lawyer Sylvia to discuss eviction, poverty, and the complex and exploitative nature of the private housing market.   Topic: Evicted by Matthew Desmond Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Dec 2020

1 hr 8 min

Kirsty & Carissa learn how to do the rules and secure the men of their dreams*!!! Stop calling men and listen to this episode immediately. *90s conventions and culture wars apply.   Topic: The Rules by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Nov 2020

57 min 52 sec

Kirsty & Carissa take a terrifying journey through Northeastern American hospitals with Charles Cullen, a remarkably unsubtle serial killer.   Topic: The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Nov 2020

51 min 54 sec

Kirsty & Carissa take on a classic haunted carnival with spooks and scares around every corner! Also: the tragedy of aging, 3am, aesthetics, and the duality of man.   Topic: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Oct 2020

49 min 33 sec

In their 100th episode, Kirsty & Carissa reboot the classics by revisiting the OG vampire love story through Edward's eyes. Extra world building & lore! Mind reading powers! Charlie Swan! Questionable defenses of Edward's worse decisions! What more could a reader possibly ask???

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Oct 2020

46 min 40 sec

Kirsty & Carissa open Spooktober 2020 with a trip to Hell featuring sexy vampire friends, good and bad demons, a weirdly vengeful Dante Alighieri, and literally not a single mention of Australia.   Topic: Fashionably Dead Down Under by Robyn Peterman Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Oct 2020

51 min 2 sec

Kirsty & Carissa talk about social media, class, anger, and the intersection of emotion, politics, and violence in this striking novel.   Topic: A Burning by Megha Majumdar Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Oct 2020

50 min 38 sec

Kirsty & Carissa join James Baldwin on an exploration of religion, family, race, and coming of age and reflect on their own journeys with faith.   Topic: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Oct 2020

58 min 36 sec

Kirsty & Carissa bring out their magical-spiritual sides to find the connection between nature and identity, love and ego, the moon and the water, and also pumpkins. So many pumpkins.   Topic: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Sep 2020

55 min 26 sec

In another Kindle ad-inspired adventure, Kirsty & Carissa travel to medieval Britain & Scotland for some steamy romance, daddy issues, questionable accents, and far too many descriptions of breasts.   Topic: The MacKinnon's Bride by Tanya Anne Crosby Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Sep 2020

48 min 21 sec

Kirsty & Carissa consider Animal Crossing, the environment, social media, art, communes, refusal, and the idea of Doing Nothing.   Topic: How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Aug 2020

59 min 20 sec

Kirsty, Carissa, and special guest Michelle go on an adventure in 1920s Mexico featuring snarky demons, architecture, assertive heroines, and literal hellfire.   Topic: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore Guest: @michellelegustaleer

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Aug 2020

1 hr 5 min

Carissa & Kirsty discuss J.K. Rowling's transphobia as well as the more general idea of authorship with an assist from the classic essay by Barthes. Can we separate authors from their work? Should we?    Topic: Discussion // "Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes Theme: "Make It Ours" by Evermore

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Aug 2020

57 min 3 sec