180 episodes

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

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    • 4.5 • 13 Ratings

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

    Episode 179: Watership Down

    Episode 179: Watership Down

    You might remember the 1979 cartoon film adaptation? Or maybe the 1999 Canadian TV series? Or the 2018 British miniseries--or maybe the play or role-playing game? Or maybe you read the original novel Watership Down, written by Richard Adams, published in 1972. This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss this epic book that centers on a small group of rabbits that leave their home and roam all of a few acres to find a new warren.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 178: The Tradition

    Episode 178: The Tradition

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod read and discuss Jericho Brown's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, The Tradition.
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    • 49 min
    Episode 177: Hojoki

    Episode 177: Hojoki

    This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod read and discuss the essay "Hojoki: or, An Account of My Hut," written in the 13th century by the Japanese poet and essayist Kamo no Chōmei. about his time living in a ten-foot by ten-foot hut in the mountains.
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    • 45 min
    Episode 176: The End of Middlemarch

    Episode 176: The End of Middlemarch

    Today, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss book six, seven, and eight of George Eliot's Middlemarch, bringing an end to our long and oft-delayed quarantine read of this nineteenth-century masterpiece.
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    • 57 min
    Episode 175: Weather

    Episode 175: Weather

    Today, with another short break from Middlemarch, Julia, Rider, and Tod talk about Jenny Offill's latest novel Weather. They also discuss the beauty of the "bidet life" and the adjustment of fearing everything.
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    • 51 min
    Episode 174: Middlemarch, Book 5

    Episode 174: Middlemarch, Book 5

    The return of Literary Disco! Today, we continue our march through Middlemarch as we read the George Eliot classic and book five, The Dead Hand.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 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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