192 episodes

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

Literary Disc‪o‬ Literary Disco

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    • 4.6 • 15 Ratings

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

    Episode 191: Spring Games 2021

    Episode 191: Spring Games 2021

    This week, Julia, Tod, and Rider celebrate Literary Disco’s ninth birthday by breaking out some book games. In Judging a Book by Its Cover, Rider reads the first few lines of a book while Tod and Julia try to guess the era, genre, author, and even the book itself. In Game Two, Julia and Rider try to decipher between a poem, a song, a popular song, and something Tod's made up. And in the final game, Julia leads a round of Bookshelf Roulette. Plus, the countless book digressions and recommendations they've been making for nearly a decade.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 190: Crime Favorites

    Episode 190: Crime Favorites

    This week, Julia, Tod, and Rider talk about their favorite crime reads—and why we're so hooked on the genre, anyway.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 189: The Low Desert

    Episode 189: The Low Desert

    This week, Julia, Tod, and Rider go behind the scenes of Tod’s new book, The Low Desert, out now from Counterpoint.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 188: Cruel Summer

    Episode 188: Cruel Summer

    On today's special episode, we are live from LumaCon 2021 — a comic convention brought to you by a cohort of public libraries in Sonoma County, California. Today, we discuss the graphic novel Cruel Summer by Ed Brubaker, and then a Q&A with the live audience.
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 187: The Neighbors

    Episode 187: The Neighbors

    Today, for the first time in a while, Julia, Rider, and Tod tackle a single short story. We solicited our listeners via social media for recommendations, and a couple of you directed us to "The Neighbors" by Shruti Swamy, which is available online at Electric Literature and is part of the collection A House Is a Body.
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    • 49 min
    Episode 186: George Saunders

    Episode 186: George Saunders

    On today's episode, we welcome one of our favorite authors on the podcast, George Saunders, to discuss his latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, which takes a close look at seven Russian short stories and offers insight on reading and writing.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

knimblethimble ,

Always entertaining and they listen to feedback

The most recent previous review criticising them for talking over Julia. I’m new to the Disco and so have been listening to old episodes in between waiting for new instalments. I can understand why the criticism was raised but I want to commend Rider and Tod for acknowledging the criticism (with plenty of good humour) and actually working hard to correct that. I think there has been a noticeable shift to correct the imbalance.

I’m loving this podcast. It’s basically my preferred kind of party - one where everyone is having an interesting conversation that is making me laugh but I’m allowed to just sit back and listen and not actually required to make a contribution. All of the fun of a social interaction but minus the anxiety. :-)

robotnic-b ,

Brilliant

This podcast is plain good fun. Great debate, lots of laughter, and insightful commentary.

listening learning ,

Brilliant but flawed

Guys, please allow Julia to speak. There are so many interesting and insightful things to say about the books you discuss but you don’t get to say them all. You have to allow some of those to go so that Julia can add hers. She is convincingly magnanimous and incredibly tolerant - particularly when you rehash her assertions at greater length and with lesser eloquence - especially when talking about feminist issues. I’m afraid I’ve cringed a few times when, after she has waited and made affirming noises and been given a chance to begin to articulate a killer point, one or the other of you hijacks it and takes a long ride. There’s probably an app for analysing the airtime the female voice gets versus male. Don’t rely on Julia’s generosity. We’re not all that zen.

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