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Plot summaries are the WORST (with Laura Tremaine)  

It's Tuesday, readers! New What Should I Read Next, coming up. 

Today’s guest is Laura Tremaine. You may know her from her former blog Hollywood Housewife... or the Sorta Awesome podcast... or The Smartest Person In The Room podcast... but no matter where you first heard Laura's voice, I think we can all agree she's a delight. I always love to hear her thoughts on what she’s reading, even though—or maybe especially BECAUSE—our taste is not the same. 

A lot of bookish ground is covered in this episode. We discuss the author Laura thinks is underappreciated, even though he’s a huge commercial success (any guesses?) We touch on how competition and insecurity in the reading world gets real. Judy Blume, Reese Witherspoon, book clubs, and how plot summaries are THE WORST.

With that much ground to cover, there's no time to waste - let's dive in!

There's plenty of Laura's energy out there on the internet! Get to know her a little better: 

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Books mentioned in this episode:

• Starring Sally J. Friedman As Herself, by Judy Blume
• IT, by Stephen King
• 11/22/63, by Stephen King
• The Stand, by Stephen King
• The Shining, by Stephen King
• Carrie, by Stephen King
• On Writing, by Stephen King
• The Sound of Gravel, by Ruth
• Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
• The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
• All The Ugly & Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood
• My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
• Anything is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout
• The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
• Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
• Columbine, by Dave Cullen
• A Mother’s Reckoning, by Sue Klebold
• The Dry, by Jane Harper

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What do YOU think Laura should read next? Tell us in comments on the podcast site!

Sandy Hook /// Part 2 ////// 80  

Sandy Hook ////// 80

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It didn’t start with Columbine but if you ask people my age that’s the first School massacre that we remember and you hate to force yourself to rank these tragedies but Sandy Hook certainly is one of the worst. These stories are becoming a common occurence. We won’t say it out loud but we are becoming numb to these horrible events. We use to kiss our kids and send them off hoping they would learn something and make us proud but these days we kiss our kids and hope that they come back. Once we shake off the shock and try to comprehend these tragic stories we must know why. We seek out to answer every question one can think of but even after we have done so, we are still confused. We have to blame someone, that part is easy as usually the guil [...]

Sandy Hook /// Part 1 ////// 79  

Sandy Hook ////// 79

TrueCrimeGarage.com

It didn’t start with Columbine but if you ask people my age that’s the first School massacre that we remember and you hate to force yourself to rank these tragedies but Sandy Hook certainly is one of the worst. These stories are becoming a common occurence. We won’t say it out loud but we are becoming numb to these horrible events. We use to kiss our kids and send them off hoping they would learn something and make us proud but these days we kiss our kids and hope that they come back. Once we shake off the shock and try to comprehend these tragic stories we must know why. We seek out to answer every question one can think of but even after we have done so, we are still confused. We have to blame someone, that part is easy as usually the guilty party is found close to his victims with a bullet in his head. But that’s just not enough. That’s not goo [...]

Gäst: Columbine Smille  

Skvaller från modeveckan och alla hemligheter bakom modechefen Columbine Smille snygga beautylook.

My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story | Sue Klebold  

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story | Sue Klebold  

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story | Sue Klebold  

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

THE SPIRAL NOTEBOOK-Joyce and Stephen Singular  

On July 20, 2012, twelve people were killed and fifty-eight wounded at a mass shooting in a movie theater in Colorado. In 1999, thirteen kids at Columbine High School were murdered by their peers. In 2012, twenty children and seven adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. Thirty-two were killed at Virginia Tech. Twelve killed at the Washington Navy Yard. In May 2014, after posting a YouTube video of ‘retribution” and lamenting a life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires,” a lone gunman killed six and wounded seven in Isla Vista. All of these acts of violence were committed by young men between the ages of eighteen and thirty. Mass violence committed by young people is now an epidemic. In the first fourteen school days of 2014, there were seven school shootings, compared to twenty-eight school shootings in all of 2013.  New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Singular has often examined violence in America in his critically-acclaimed books. Here he has teamed with his wife Joyce for their most important work yet — one that investigates why America keeps producing twenty-something mass killers. Their reporting has produced the most comprehensive look at the Aurora shooting yet and draws upon the one group left out of the discussion of violence in America: the twenty-somethings themselves. While following the legal proceedings in the Aurora shooting, The Spiral Notebook is full of interviews with Generation Z, a group dogged by big pharma and anti-depressants and ADHD drugs, by a doomsday/apocalyptic mentality present since birth, and by an entertainment industry that has turned violence into parlor games. THE SPIRAL NOTEBOOK: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence by American Youth-Joyce and Stephen Singular.

Hass! Mehr Hass! Die Geschichte von Eric und Dylan  

WDR 5 Hörspiel am Sonntag: Es war das erste Mal, dass die Medien weltweit live dabei waren: bei dem Massenmord an der Columbine High School 1999. "Columbine" wurde zum Synonym für Schulmassaker. Und zur Blaupause für zahlreiche Nachahmungstäter. Von Joachim Gaertner; Regie: Thomas Wolfertz ; Redaktion: Isabel Platthaus; Produktion: WDR 2009

La tuerie de Columbine : l'épidémie des armes à feu en Amérique  

durée : 00:53:32 - Affaires sensibles - par : Fabrice DROUELLE - Aujourd’hui dans Affaires Sensibles la tuerie de Columbine. - réalisé par : Fabrice Laigle

La tuerie de Columbine : l'épidémie des armes à feu en Amérique  

durée : 00:53:32 - Affaires sensibles - par : Fabrice DROUELLE - Aujourd’hui dans Affaires Sensibles la tuerie de Columbine. - réalisé par : Fabrice Laigle

US Election Special: Colorado as Key Battleground State  

As election day approaches, Dan examines the politics of this important state that is edging closer to the Democrats and where the massacre at Columbine still remains in voters' memories. (Picture: Early polling station sandwich boards Credit: Irene Chang/BBC)

Gunning For Education  

On 1st August 2016, Texas became the first big American state to allow students aged over 21 to carry concealed handguns on campus. Ian Peddie explores the impact of the new law. This change is seen by many as a litmus test and, despite a few smaller states already having similar laws, where Texas goes America often follows. As with all American gun debates the issue is divisive, with many seeing this moment as pivotal in framing the nation's political and cultural relationship with weapons. Most educators in Texas oppose the legislation, Texas Senate Bill 11 (SB11). They fear an impact on teaching, where contentious topics such as religion and philosophy may now be avoided. But after notorious shootings at Virginia Tech, Columbine and the University of Texas, some students welcome the ability to defend themselves. British born Assistant Professor Ian Peddie has lived and worked in the USA for over 25 years. SB11 will change the context under which he lives and works and it's in that knowledge that he explores the impact of the new campus carry laws. We follow Ian into class at Sul Ross State University for the first day of the new law's introduction. On campus Ian meets students, faculty, and the police to gauge the mood of these new times. Later, Ian hears from protestors for and against the new law at the huge University of Texas in Austin. In a noisy atmosphere, the arguments are good natured but passionate. Throughout the programme Ian examines the fears, claims and discussions being held across universities, the state, and the nation. It will be illegal for lecturers to ask students if they are carrying weapons but it remains to be seen how that 'knowing but not knowing' might affect the class. A Like It Is Media production for BBC Radio 4.

**New Decline of the West Podcast** #4 Overwhelming and Collective Murder  

New Decline of the West Podcast here. Didn't plan this, but had to get at you after the madness of the last couple days. Didn't plan on posting any more to the MartyrMade feed, but I liked this discussion so I thought I'd share it. If you like it, please subscribe to The Decline of the West. If not, tell me to get lost and wait for the next MartyrMade, which is on its way!

On July 26, 2016, two young French Arabs announcing themselves as "Soldiers of ISIS" burst into a French church during morning Mass. You know the rest.

On the same day, a 26-year-old Japanese man stalked through the halls of a Japanese hospital for the mentally disabled to carry out a plan he had outlined to the Japanese government in February letter.

Something has shifted beneath our feet, and we might be cracking up.

Listen on iTunes.

Get John's book, The Age of Catastrophe, to read about the Aum Shinrikyo attack on the Tokyo subway system, the Columbine spree killers, the sinking of the Titanic, the Bhopal chemical disaster, and much more.

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*BONUS EPISODE #2 Spree Killers – Dallas, Orlando, Columbine*  

*NOTE* I jacked up the audio levels on this episode. Sorry about that. It is straightened out for the next episode.

This is the last time I'll push The Decline of the West through my MartyrMade feed, at least until something changes, but I wanted to speak directly to you guys and gals one last time as I get this thing started.

We hadn't planned to release another episode for two weeks, but with the recent events in Dallas, TX (for future readers of this post, it's July 10, 2016, and a black nationalist gunman recently murdered five police officers, wounded seven more, who were protecting a Black Lives Matter protest march in the city), we had a few thoughts we wanted to share. I won't give it away, but I will say that we hardly skimmed the surface of all the dark pools we could have, and probably will eventually, dive into as this hot summer slouches toward the 2016 US presidential election.

If you like The MartyrMade Podcast, I really think you should head over to The Decline of the West website and subscribe to the new one I'm doing. The Decline of the West will be a bi-weekly (for now, maybe more later) podcast in collaboration with my friend John David Ebert, and it is going to be an opportunity for me to connect with everyone on a more regular basis. As I'm stuck in my dark and dingy apartment researching and preparing MartyrMade, it can get pretty lonely, and I would love the opportunity to be able to reach out and interact with my MartyrMade listeners in a looser, more informal manner on a regular basis.

On The Decline of the West, I will be providing regular updates on my progress on the next MartyrMade, and I'll be able to break down issues and questions you send my way as they come in, rather than trying to load them into a MartyrMade episode that comes out only every couple of months. We're getting our feet under us a bit in these early shows, but just wait until we get a-rockin' and a-rollin'... Things are happening, and we're gonna get to the bottom of it all. So seriously, subscribe to MartyrMade, because it's a cool show and we all love it, etc etc, but MartyrMade is so research intensive that it's going to keep a schedule somewhat similar to Hardcore History (although, to be honest, I match Dan's schedule despite having a full-time day job and  90 minute commute, so I don't know what time he's getting out of bed!). Subscribe to Decline of the West and we'll be able to talk about contemporary issues and current events in real time.

Thanks again, it still blows me away that I'm typing these words and there are some of you out there who are actually looking forward to reading them. It feels undeserved, but I'll continue to work my ass off to earn your attention as best I can.

Listen on iTunes here!

Other listening options coming as soon as I get a spare half hour from work!

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Dr. Park Dietz - The Psychology of Murder  

Dr Park Dietz has been named as one of the top ten psychiatrists of all time. He is a forensic psychiatrist who has consulted and testified in some of the US's highest profile criminal cases including Jeffery Dahmer, The Unabomber, Andrea Yates, and John Hinckley Junior, who attempted to assassinate then president Ronald Reagan. He has also consulted in the area of mass shootings - looking into the motivations behind such attacks as the Columbine shootings - and the most recent shooting in Orlando. Dr. Dietz talks with Wallace about his career in criminology, what makes people kill, and why the media sometimes doesn't help by reporting mass shootings.

Malcolm Gladwell wants to make you cry  

Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker columnist and author of "The Tipping Point," talks with Recode's Peter Kafka about his new podcast, "Revisionist History." Gladwell thinks his new foray into audio will have a more emotional effect on listeners than his columns and books, because "you feel with your ears and you think with your eyes." He also discusses how he wandered into a job at the Washington Post in the 1980s and the proliferation of mass shootings in America, from Columbine to this week's tragic attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Murder in Bangladesh  

Insight, colour and analysis. In this edition: the authorities deny IS or al-Qaeda is active in Bangladesh but others believe a spate of vicious killings there is the work of Islamist extremists; after Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, American schools are now having to rehearse what they'll do if their place of learning comes under gun attack -- but the precautions aren't always a comfort to parents; there are now hundreds of thousands of Syrians taking shelter from the war in neighbouring Jordan - their presence is having a marked effect on the Jordanian economy and on its peoples' eating habits; we meet a man in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania who tells us how the country's new president is providing his country with inspirational leadership at last. And surely covering the Cannes Film Festival is a thoroughly pleasant experience? Only up to a point, apparently. We hear a story of status anxiety and snobbery, indignity and humiliation

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