BSCC 008 - Boy Crazy Stacey

The boys are back, but I'm not talking about the boys Stacey is crazy about, I'm talking about Jack and Tanner, who read "Boy-Crazy Stacey" this week. This shouldn't come as any surprise to you if you've listened to the last seven episodes, but they have a hard time staying on topic. Lots to discuss this week: bee theory, Kanye West, Victorian literature, and a surprise visit from Jack's secret British accent.

Show notes

Boy Crazy Stacey

Although the other BSC books employ the device of the club diary entries to similar effect, this novel is a more explicit nod to the epistolary novels of the 18th century, with Stacey and Mary Anne both presenting their own marginalized viewpoints in the letters they write home to the club from Sea City. Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa are both clear analogues here, concerned as they are with "Boy-Craziness," as is Fanny Burney's Evelina, whose subtitle, "The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World," exactly mirrors Stacey's own situation vis à vis lifeguard Scott.

The Yellow Wallpaper

Searching for a new home—scouting behavior of honeybee swarms

The relevant E.B. Browning is almost certainly the sonnet, How do I Love Thee, (How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. / I love thee to the depth and breadth and height / My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight / For the ends of being and ideal grace ...), a more sophisticated expression of Stacey's own sentiment that "Stacey + Scott = Luv," written in the sand on the beach.  

The Byron analogue here is more obvious