BSG #85: The Best Plagiarism You Ever Saw / Yellowface

So what if we stole this whole episode from some other podcast and called it our own? Is that a crime?? JK, this whole episode is our (four white ladies’) original take on Yellowface by R. F. Kuang. We talk about the protagonist’s decision-making skills, satire of the publishing industry and Twitter, cancel culture, and the author’s own publishing experiences. Then we get into some listener feedback with excellent questions and catch up with what’s on the blog. Join us and special guest Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother, for a chat about What Josiah Saw (2021) on 10/17. Then read along for our next bookpisode on Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas on 10/31 — oooh, spooky! Support us at and send feedback to!

:30—Subscribe to our Patreon! And Icebreaker
10:21—Book intro
12:14—The general concept of Yellowface
27:45—June’s whole deal
39:30—Satire of the publishing industry
56:54—Cancel culture
1:05:33—Similarities to R. F. Kuang’s life
1:30:40—Listener feedback!
1:40:30—What’s on the blog? What’s up next?


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