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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 159: The Odyssey of Literary Disco

    Episode 159: The Odyssey of Literary Disco

    In our first episode of 2020, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss Madeline Miller’s novel Circe, which retells some of the most infamous Greek myths from the point of view of Circe, a witch who most famously appears in The Odyssey who turns Odysseus’s men into pigs. The trio discusses whether we should still care about Greek mythology, and how it stands up to our current state of fantasy in contemporary literature.
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    • 56 min
    Episode 158: Best Books of the Decade

    Episode 158: Best Books of the Decade

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod look back at the last ten years -- seven of which they've been recording this podcast -- from the books they've read on the show to their own personal favorites. Additionally, they discuss the trends they've noticed in publishing over the last decade -- and their favorite shirt from the 2010s as well. Buckle in, because the 2020s are going to be a wild ride.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 157: Pale Fire

    Episode 157: Pale Fire

    On this episode, the Literary Disco trio discuss Vladimir Nabokov’s 1962 novel, less popular than Lolita but it is nonetheless complicated, maintains a rabid fan base, and has received a wide variety of interpretations. They also discuss the National Book Awards, which was happening when the episode was recorded.
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    • 55 min
    Episode 156: It's Time to Play Some Games!

    Episode 156: It's Time to Play Some Games!

    This week marks the return of Literary Disco’s classic 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 Rock Paper Scissors, where Rider and Julia must decide what is a real poem, lyrics from a pop song, lines from a Jim Morrison song, or a poem written by our very own Tod Goldberg. Finally, Julia presents Bookshelf Roulette, where each host must run to his or her bookshelf and choose one book to discuss. Let the games begin!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 155: Literary Disco and the Apple, Tree

    Episode 155: Literary Disco and the Apple, Tree

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod read and discuss a number of essays from a new collection, Apple, Tree: Writers On Their Parents, Edited by Lise Funderburg, the collection presents new essay from twenty-five writers, each examining their relationship with one or both of their parents. We discuss the essays by Ann Patchett, Daniel Mendelsohn, Mat Johnson, Kate Carroll de Gutes, and S. Bear Bergman.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 154: Literary Disco Visits the Waverly Gallery

    Episode 154: Literary Disco Visits the Waverly Gallery

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss Kenneth Lonergan’s play, The Waverly Gallery, which was first produced in 1999, was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, and in late 2018 had a Broadway revival that resulted in two Tony Award nominations. They also discuss the similarities and differences between playwriting and screenwriting, the legacy of actor William Daniels, who player Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World, and what it takes to finish writing a book.
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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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