BSG #93: Shout-out to Billee the Cat / The Centre

Spend ten days with us as we become fluent in the language of literary criticism! For our discussion of Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi’s debut novel The Centre, the squad breaks our usual form and starts with the ending first. From there, we share our thoughts on the book’s main character, its ideas about translation, the role classism plays in the story, and, crucially, blowjobs (just blowjobs in general, not the role classism plays in blowjobs). Be sure to tune in for our next episode on May 28th when we’ll be joined by the incredible Paul Tremblay for a chat about overlooked horror films including The Blackcoat’s Daughter and an interview about his phenomenal new book, Horror Movie. Then, read along for our next bookpisode on June 11th, when we’ll discuss Come and Get It by Kiley Reid. Send your feedback to, subscribe to us on Patreon, and follow us on social @booksquadgoals!

:30 – Welcome!
6:12 – Book intro
10:29 – Immediately talking about the ending
27:28 – Let’s talk about Anisa
31:48 – BJ corner
40:25 – Class stuff
53:21 – Thoughts on translation
1:08:00 – Ratings!
1:11:59 – A statement about Palestine
1:14:39 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?

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