205 episodes

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.

    Episode 203: Crime

    Episode 203: Crime

    Today, we continue our genre-based season where we dive deep into a literary genre exploring what defines it, what makes it work and not work, interviewing authors, talking to fans and scholars, whoever can unlock what makes a genre a genre.
    In our second episode, we find a body, a clue or two, maybe even some justice. We'll undoubtedly confront the darkness and the human heart as we talk crime. This week, our special guests are private investigator Lee Lofland, author of Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers; Melissa Chadburn, author of A Tiny Upward Shove; and writer Ross Angelella.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 202: Fantasy

    Episode 202: Fantasy

    Today we launch a new format of the Disco as we begin our "Genre Season."
    Each episode of this season, we're going to dive deep into a particular literary genre, exploring what defines it, what makes it work or not work, interviewing authors, talking to fans, scholars, whoever can help us unlock what it is that makes a genre a genre.
    With our inaugural episode, we discover our long lost lineage. hop on Pegasus, and fly to the far reaches of fantasy. Joining us is actor and writer Will Friedle, fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, and Dungeons & Dragons game designer Kate Welch.
    This is Literary Disco, the last book club you'll ever need.
    Explore more of Brandon Sanderson in our Mistborn episode.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sea Tea (Literary Disco Live!)

    Sea Tea (Literary Disco Live!)

    This is a recording of a live episode from Sea Tea Improv in Hartford, Connecticut, back in March. Julia and Rider are joined by special guests curator Mallory Howard of the Mark Twain House & Museum and librarian Gwen Glazer of the Croton Free Library -- and Tod's disembodied head joining virtually.
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 201: Where the Hell Have We Been?

    Episode 201: Where the Hell Have We Been?

    Hey, guys! It's been a while. While Julia may have grown a beard, Rider still hasn't cut his hair, and Tod is still up to his old b******t, we've been still reading books and are ready to start a new season -- with some surprises! Listen in to find out what we're going to be up to in 2022.
    We're also coming to a town near you! And by town near you, we mean those of you near Hartford, Connecticut!
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    • 14 min
    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 16 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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Erin 🦇 ,

Came for Rider Strong, stayed for enjoyable literary discussions

Love everything about this pod, especially the episodes where they discuss children's books and the classics. I'd love to see episodes in future talking about books banned in schools like the Flowers in the Attic episode.

Teacher-Librarian ,

More episodes, please!

I love your show and am always anticipating the next episode with delight. You’ve given some great reading recommendations and opened my eyes to authors with whom I was unfamiliar. Especially loved Stoner . . . despite the misleading title. Awesome show, people!

NP in Canada ,

Glad to catch up

Just started listening to this podcast and really enjoy the breadth of writing the hosts discuss.

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