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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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English


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Episode 139: Children of the Disco

2/19/2019
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On this week's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss what each of them are reading to Literary Disco’s second generation, from Frog and Toad to The Rainbow Goblins and Barnyard Dance! Also, the three discuss whether Winnie-the-Pooh is actually any good, how animals are essential to the reading experience, and why narrative is still important in children's literature. Have a glass of milk, brush your teeth, and tuck yourself into bed, because Literary Disco is ready to tell you tonight's...

Duration:01:23:50

Episode 138: Let the Games Begin

2/5/2019
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No better way to start the new month than with some of Literary Disco’s classic book games. First, Rider presents “Judge a Book By Its Cover,” where he reads the first lines of a book and Julia and Tod must guess what the book is with no other context. Then, Tod presents a new game, Rock Paper Scissors, where Rider and Julia must decide what is a real poem, lyrics from a pop song, lines from a Rupi poem, or a poem written by our very own Tod Goldberg. Let the games begin! Learn more about...

Duration:00:43:03

Episode 137: There, There

1/22/2019
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The debut novel from Tommy Orange has been on almost every Best Of 2018 list, but does the Literary Disco trio agree? In this week's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the complex and multifaceted approach to identity—and how Orange avoids the usual MFA clichés—as “There, There” follows a collection of Native American characters in the build-up to a powwow in Oakland, California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:52

Episode 136: Tarzan of the Apes

1/16/2019
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Welcome to a new year, with your favorite literary podcast. We start 2019 with the classic tale of Tarzan. We all know the story: after the death of his parents a boy is raised by apes, and encounters humans again years later when an expedition enters the jungle. How has this story aged over time? Will Tarzan be Rider's next project? Join Julia, Rider, and Tod this week to find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:12

Episode 135: On Sabrina, Men in Underpants, and Bruce Springsteen

12/27/2018
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Nick Drnaso's Sabrina is the first graphic novel to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize. It's also a beautiful and heartbreaking rendering of the current American psyche and a pointed commentary on how media has allowed conspiracy and paranoia to run absolutely rampant in the absence of answers. Join Julia, Rider, and Tod as they discuss this very important work, along with the graphic novel's realistic depiction of the male human body (mostly in their underwear), feeling empathy for...

Duration:00:40:04

Episode 134: The Books We Loved in 2018

12/22/2018
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This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the best books they read in 2018, including Tara Westover’s Educated, Arthur Krystal’s This Thing We Call Literature, and Jonathan Weisman’s (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. Episode 134: The Books We Loved in 2018 on Literary Disco Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org

Duration:00:52:21

Episode 134: The Books We Loved in 2018

12/11/2018
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The last book club you’ll ever need. This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the best books they read in 2018, including Tara Westover’s Educated, Arthur Krystal’s This Thing We Call Literature, and Jonathan Weisman’s (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:21

Episode 133: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

11/26/2018
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It’s the holidays! A time to deck the halls, grab some eggnog, and curl up with the SCARIEST book you can find… That’s right. Christmas horror. It’s a real thing. And Blumhouse and editor Christopher Golden have put together a collection of short fiction just in time to fill you with holiday fear. Join us […] Episode 133: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream on Literary Disco Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org

Duration:00:50:41

Episode 133: Hark! The Herald Angels Scream

11/26/2018
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It’s the holidays! A time to deck the halls, grab some eggnog, and curl up with the SCARIEST book you can find… That’s right. Christmas horror. It’s a real thing. And Blumhouse and editor Christopher Golden have put together a collection of short fiction just in time to fill you with holiday fear. Join us as Tod, Rider, and Julia have fun with this bonkers set of stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:48

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 […] Episode 132: Vulture’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century on Literary Disco Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org

Duration:00:48:05

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 books we’ve actually read. Get ready to feel like you have a lot of catching up to do… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:11

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! Episode 131: Fall Revisit on Literary Disco Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org

Duration:00:37:23

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: It makes no sense, except that it’s Literary Disco! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:28

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 […] Episode 130: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas on Literary Disco Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org

Duration:00:48:50

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 the disillusionment of a generation. But who was included in that generation? Has the book aged well? And what kind of effect did this story have on...

Duration:00:48:57

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 direct response to a 19th Century children’s book that had the same character names? It’s time for us all to re-read William Golding’s classic, Lord of the Flies. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

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 bouts of effusive praise, we manage to read and analyze a couple of these magnificent poems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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 being murdered. Corrupt local “lawmen” were incapable of producing any suspects, and any time a person claimed to have information, they wound up dead. It was up to the Federal...

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 on it went, as these things do in this day and age. It seems there is something about this story — something about its point of view and its...

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 our country away from this insanity. Join us for Part Two of our discussion on Columbine. We talk with Rob Bowman, the incredible English teacher who brought us...

Duration:00:39:16