42 episodes

Every week we discuss the first page--and only the first page--of a different novel, ranging from cult oddities (Tarnsman of Gor) to literary classics (Paradise Lost) to influential thrillers (Jaws). Each episode focuses on that first page and uses it as a jumping off point for an idiosyncratic discussion of media and how we make stories make sense.

Dark & Stormy Nights Dark & Stormy Nights

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Every week we discuss the first page--and only the first page--of a different novel, ranging from cult oddities (Tarnsman of Gor) to literary classics (Paradise Lost) to influential thrillers (Jaws). Each episode focuses on that first page and uses it as a jumping off point for an idiosyncratic discussion of media and how we make stories make sense.

    Retief & The Pan-Galactic Pageant of Pulchritude (with Zack Handlen)

    Retief & The Pan-Galactic Pageant of Pulchritude (with Zack Handlen)

    Tonight's title is Retief & The Pan-Galactic Pageant of Pulchritude by Keith Laumer.
    Submitted from the library of AlienRosie, via Declan McCarthy.


    Tonight's guest is Zack Handlen.
    https://www.patreon.com/zhandlen
    https://twitter.com/zhandlen


    Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II by Maciej Żołnowski.


    Your hosts:
    Ben Blattberg
    http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe


    Vin LaBate
    http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity
    http://thechimera.space
    http://MrReciprocity.itch.io












    Special Guest: Zack Handlen.

    • 40 min
    Molloy (with Tom Perrin)

    Molloy (with Tom Perrin)

    Tonight's title is Molloy by Samuel Beckett, recommended to us by YesOkayFine.


    Tonight's guest is Tom Perrin.
    https://twitter.com/tellmelieslater


    Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II by Maciej Żołnowski.


    Your hosts:
    Ben Blattberg
    http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe


    Vin LaBate
    http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity
    http://MrReciprocity.itch.io






    Special Guest: Tom Perrin.

    • 54 min
    Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy (with Hannah Culbert)

    Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy (with Hannah Culbert)

    Tonight's title is Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine.
    Recommended to us by EverythingToPuppy!


    Tonight's guest is Hannah Culbert.
    https://www.damesanddragons.com/
    http://twitter.com/Thistlebeetle


    As mentioned in the episode, Blogger Beware's write-up of this title is available at https://web.archive.org/web/20120312215814/http://www.bloggerbeware.com:80/2008/03/07-night-of-living-dummy.html


    Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II by Maciej Żołnowski.


    Your hosts:
    Ben Blattberg
    http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe


    Vin LaBate
    http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity
    http://thechimera.space
    http://MrReciprocity.itch.io






    Special Guest: Hannah Culbert.

    • 57 min
    The Color of Magic (with Michael Yichao)

    The Color of Magic (with Michael Yichao)

    Tonight's title is The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett.


    Tonight's guest is Michael Yichao.
    http://twitter.com/MichaelYichao


    Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II by Maciej Żołnowski.


    Your hosts:
    Ben Blattberg
    http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe


    Vin LaBate
    http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity
    http://thechimera.space
    http://MrReciprocity.itch.io






    Special Guest: Michael Yichao.

    • 48 min
    Uncle Tom's Cabin (with Moacir P. de Sá Pereira)

    Uncle Tom's Cabin (with Moacir P. de Sá Pereira)

    CW: Tonight's page contains a racial slur. It is not spoken in the episode, but it does appear in the text.


    Tonight's title is Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.


    Tonight's guest is Moacir P. de Sá Pereira.
    http://twitter.com/muziejus
    http://twitch.tv/muziejus


    Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II by Maciej Żołnowski.


    Your hosts:
    Ben Blattberg
    http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe


    Vin LaBate
    http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity
    http://MrReciprocity.itch.io









    Special Guest: Moacir P. de Sá Pereira.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    TORG Storm Knights (with Rachael Jones)

    TORG Storm Knights (with Rachael Jones)

    Tonight's title is TORG Storm Kinghts by Greg Gorden & Bill Slavicsek.


    Tonight's guest is Rachael Jones.
    https://rckjones.wordpress.com/
    https://twitter.com/RachaelKJones


    Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II by Maciej Żołnowski.


    Your hosts:
    Ben Blattberg
    http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe


    Vin LaBate
    http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity
    http://thechimera.space
    http://MrReciprocity.itch.io






    Special Guest: Rachael Jones.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Excellent listening

I like the informal and informative takes on the first page. It reminds me of linguistics and the intricacies of speech and the written word. There is a lot packed in and the unpacking is compelling in itself. The hosts and their guests are seriously into what they’re doing but even more fun is the fun they obviously have doing it. Clever, witty, thoughtful and smart, a bunch of good-hearted nerds having a good time. A fun listen.

Chibi_Lou_Rawls ,

Vin ‘diesel’ and ben brrrap-brrrap are the cure for all your ills

If you got faults, defects or shortcomings you know
Like arthritis, rheumatism or migraines
Whatever part of your body it is, I want you to lay it on your radio
Let the vibes flow through, funk not only moves, it can remove, dig?

(Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA)

Ben JB ,

Even my dad likes it!

Well, I’m one of the hosts so maybe my dad is obligated to like it? But on the other hand, he did tell me I have to work on my delivery, so he’d probably rate this like a 4 or so.

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