Get ready for some armchair time travel to 1920s Mexico! This book takes off when Casiopea Tun accidentally frees Hun-Kamé, the Mayan god of death. She BOLTS from her unhappy life as a drudge in her rich and prejudiced grandfather’s house and adventures ensue.
We discuss what we love about this book, ponder how a god of death learned how to use Western Union, and lament Casiopea’s mother’s lack of a time machine to sell her macrame in today’s hipster market. As always, spoilers abound, so read this book before you listen!
P.S. There are some baby noises in the background “enhancing” this episode. Hey, it’s a feminist podcast so we make no apologies.
• Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s official website
• The Popol Vuh
• Some more info about Xibalba, the Maya Underworld
• List of Maya gods and supernatural beings
• Mexico in the 1920s
• “Cassiopeia” by Joanna Newsom can be found on her album The Milk-Eyed Mender
• Some very fascinating history about makeup for your knees.
• Example of The Mustard Suit a lá Zavala:
#KeanuReads was a bit of a stretch this time. But even if we struggled to connect Keanu to this book, we like to think his attitude would be as follows:
As always, thanks to Rob Muir for our theme song and intro music. And thanks to you for listening!