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

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    • Arts
    • 4.2 • 14 Ratings

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

    Episode 200: Reflections on the Disco

    Episode 200: Reflections on the Disco

    It's episode 200. We're going to talk about what's changed over the years, and maybe do a bookshelf revisit. Who knows?! We're getting old.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 199: Back to School

    Episode 199: Back to School

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod head back to school with special guest Bree Rolfe, a teacher from Austin, Texas, where she helps high school students discover literature and creative writing. She is also a poet, whose collection Who's Going to Love the Dying Girl is out now. She is also a dear friend of Literary Disco, a fellow graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and exactly one semester ahead of the rest of us. Bree was involved in a lot of the late-night drinking and debating sessions that became this very podcast.
    For today's discussion, Bree had us read three short stories that she assigns to her students: "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, "New Boy" by Roddy Doyle, and "Today Is Costa Rica" by Assaf Gavron.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 198: Horse Girls

    Episode 198: Horse Girls

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod tackle the incredibly popular, enduring, and surprisingly diverse world of the horse girl. We have read a classic of the genre, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry, and have read a new collection of essays edited by Halimah Marcus entitled Horse Girls, in which female writers go deep on horses and the horse girl phenomenon.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 197: East of Eden

    Episode 197: East of Eden

    On this episode of Literary Disco, Julia, Rider, and Tod take on John Steinbeck's classic epic novel East of Eden, which centers on the Salinas Valley of California and tells the story of several generations of the Trask and Hamilton families.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 196: Pool Reads

    Episode 196: Pool Reads

    On this episode of Literary Disco, while Rider's off camping, Tod and Julia talk about their philosophy of pool reads—and why they'll read books at the pool that they'd never be caught reading anywhere else.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 195: Arena

    Episode 195: Arena

    On this week's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod read some poetry -- and discuss Lauren Shapiro's poetry collection, Arena, which was published in 2020 to rave reviews.
    Lauren Shapiro is the author of Easy Math (Sarabande, 2013), which was the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Debut-litzer Prize for Poetry, as well as a chapbook of poems, Yo-Yo Logic (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press, 2011). She is an associate professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

HogSandwich ,

Mixing issues

I really like the hosts and discussion topics, but it's audio-mixed terribly. I'm constantly playing with my dials because I can't hear anything then suddenly scrambling for the dials again to turn it down because someone screeched with laughter and hurt my head. Will check in again in a while to see if these issues have evened out :/

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