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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong.

Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong.
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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong.

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Episode 132: Vulture’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

11/5/2018
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A couple months ago, Vulture published this crazy, crazy list. It’s an admittedly premature attempt to create a literary canon for the last 18 years. In this episode of Literary Disco, we discuss the titles we were surprised by, the ones we were disappointed didn’t make it, and — mostly — how few of these […]

Duration:00:48:05

Episode 131: Fall Revisit

10/23/2018
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It’s getting cooler, the leaves are changing, time to curl up with a good book. It’s our Bookshelf Revisit for Fall 2018, an eclectic conversation that covers: Wild children and cults. WWII and China. Robertson Davies. It makes no sense, except that it’s Literary Disco!

Duration:00:37:23

Episode 130: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

9/25/2018
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Hunter S. Thompson became a legend the moment he published this novel of a drug-fueled trip into the desert. Packed with mind-altering chemicals, extreme paranoia, and claiming to be a scathing journey to “the heart of the American Dream,” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas established Thompson’s particular style, and purported to give voice to […]

Duration:00:48:50

Episode 129: Lord of the Flies

8/13/2018
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You read it in high school. You remember the conch, Piggy, and a boar head on a stick… But do you remember the Beast? That a child disappears the first day on the island? How about the fact that this novel is set during an atomic war? And did you know this book was written in […]

Duration:00:54:04

Episode 128: Gregory Pardlo’s Digest

7/23/2018
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Today we dive deep into a single poetry collection: Digest, by Gregory Pardlo. Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer, and with good reason. This is one of the most universally loved books we’ve had on the show. It’s incredibly personal, and yet it has enough intertextuality and historical references to keep you re-reading for days. Between […]

Duration:00:44:38

Episode 127: Killers of the Flower Moon

6/26/2018
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In the 1920s, a disproportionate amount of people within the Osage nation were dying. The US government had forcibly relocated the Osage to a section of Oklahoma with some of the largest deposits of oil in North America. This quickly made the Osage the wealthiest people, per capita, in the world. And now they were […]

Duration:00:41:49

Episode 123: Cat Person

6/4/2018
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(Are we time traveling? Yes, a technical glitch set this episode back a few months…) Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” appeared in December 2017 issue of The New Yorker, and promptly became an internet sensation. Some critics pounced, some critics praised, some men were offended, some women were offended that men were offended…and on and […]

Duration:01:04:41

Episode 126: Columbine, Part 2

5/21/2018
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We didn’t mean for these episodes to be “timely,” but these days in America, that seems unavoidable. Between posting our two-parter about Dave Cullen’s Columbine, there has been another school shooting at Sante Fe High School in Texas. Our hearts are breaking, again. We can only hope to contribute to the conversation and help move […]

Duration:00:39:16

Episode 125: Columbine, Part 1

5/14/2018
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Dave Cullen’s book Columbine is an exhaustive and brilliant examination of the infamous school shooting that stunned the country in 1999. It is also one of the first books that Tod, Julia, and Rider discussed as friends. Bonding over our love for Cullen’s work is one of the reasons Literary Disco exists. In light of the […]

Duration:01:12:20

Episode 124: Bookshelf Revisit Summer 2018

4/30/2018
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I know, it’s a bit confusing, but some tech issues with Episode 123 means we’re skipping it for now. Instead, we zoom to the future! It’s a Bookshelf Revisit episode with a game — a new game Tod is insisting we call “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” As if there isn’t already a game called that. But first, […]

Duration:00:50:44

Episode 122: The Idiot

3/19/2018
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Elif Batuman’s novel was a critical darling of 2017. We try to figure out why.

Duration:00:36:47

Episode 121: A Spell for Chameleon

3/7/2018
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Our fantasy and sci-fi correspondent Will Friedle returns! And he’s picked a doozy for us to read. Piers Anthony has written dozens of hugely popular fantasy novels, and many of them are set in the magical, pun-filled land of Xanth. Will asked us to read A Spell for Chameleon, the novel that began it all. And […]

Duration:00:53:35

Episode 120: Manhattan Beach

2/12/2018
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Jennifer Egan’s a favorite author here on the Disco. But does her latest novel, the New York period piece Manhattan Beach, keep up the winning streak? It made a lot of Best Of 2017 lists, but the Disco trio is a bit divided. Are these characters realistic? Is the dialogue cliched? Even as he rambles […]

Duration:00:50:34

Episode 119: Lincoln in the Bardo

1/29/2018
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We did it. We read the George Saunders book that blew everyone’s mind in 2017. And then we talked about it.

Duration:00:38:38

Episode 118: Children’s Books

1/8/2018
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Too often, all we say about children’s books is “awwww.” Not today. Tod, Julia, and Rider dig deep into classics and new books for kids.

Duration:00:47:14

Episode 117: Holiday Reading

12/25/2017
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Happy Holidays! In honor of the season, the Disco team does a holiday-themed Bookshelf Revisit. See you in the New Year!

Duration:00:36:02

Episode 116: The Fact of a Body

12/11/2017
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Time for some non-fiction! One of the most popular books of 2017, The Fact of A Body is part true crime, part memoir. After a summer spent interning for a law firm in Louisiana, Alexandra Marzona-Lesnevich examines a murder case and how it resonates within her own life. It’s a dark and twisting tale involving the […]

Duration:00:33:11

Episode 115: My Brilliant Friend

11/28/2017
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It’s been all the rage at book clubs everywhere. We read the smash hit Italian novel from Elena Ferrante. Julia is effusive. Tod is stoked. Rider is…argumentative. Typical times at the Disco.

Duration:00:40:10

Episode 114: A Fall Bookshelf Revisit

11/6/2017
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Tod discovers a mysterious set of diaries. Julia reads about the tech world. Rider finds out where the sidewalk ends. It’s time for a Bookshelf Revisit.

Duration:00:31:16

Episode 113: Poetry from Listeners Part Two, Spoken Word

10/2/2017
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We continue discussing listener recommended poetry. This time, all three poems are performed live, links below. That’s right, we’re talking spoken word! (Don’t worry, Tod refrains from poet voice.) Get ready to snap your fingers and bang your bongos. Or not. Because, you know, it’s not the 1960s… Kate Tempest, Tunnel Vision, recommended by listener […]

Duration:00:56:07