Inspired by Brian Dillon’s new book Affinities, Trevor and Paul have fun exploring the question: Why do we like what we like? The answers are not always black and white or even logical—but they are sure are fun to talk about!

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  • Solenoid, by Mircea C?rt?rescu, translated by Sean Cotter
  • ‘Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King
  • The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder, by David Grann
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann
  • The White Darkness, by David Grann
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
  • Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World, by Peter Moore
  • The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, by Eric Jager
  • Affinities: On Art and Fascination, by Brian Dillon
  • Andrea Barrett (for example, Ship Fever, The Voyage of the Narwhal, Servants of the Map)
  • When We Cease to Understand the World, by Benjamin Labatut
  • The Strange, by Nathan Ballingrud
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, by Sam Kean
  • Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us, by Sam Kean
  • A Year in the Maine Woods, by Bernd Heinrich
  • The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel
  • Henri Duchemin and His Shadows, by Emmanuel Bove, translated by Alyson Waters
  • Malicroix, by Henri Bosco, translated by Joyce Zonona
  • The Sight of Death, by T.J. Clarke
  • Bluets, by Maggie Nelson
  • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer
  • Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, by Geoff Dyer
  • Kate Zambreno (for example, Drifts)
  • Robert Walser (for example, The Walk and The Tanners)
  • Sergio Chejfec (for example, My Two Worlds)
  • Teju Cole (for example, Open City0)
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce
  • East of the Mountains, by David Guterson
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit
  • Recollections of My Nonexistence, by Rebecca Solnit
  • Hope in the Dark, by Rebecca Solnit
  • Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit
  • The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit
  • A Paradise Built in Hell, by Rebecca Solnit
  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey, by Robert MacFarlane
  • PrairieErth: A Deep Map, by William Least-Heat Moon
  • The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
  • Loren Eiseley: Collected Essays on Evolution, Nature, and the Cosmos
  • Barkskins, by Annie Proulx
  • The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald, translated by Michael Hulse
  • The Peregine, by J.A. Baker
  • Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke
  • The MANIAC, by Benjamin Labatut
  • Barbara Pym (for example, Some Tame Gazelle, Excellent Women, Quartet in Autumn)
  • Anita Brookner (for example, A Start in Life, Look at Me, Hotel du Lac)
  • A Horse at Night, by Amina Cain


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