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Close Reads is a book-club podcast for the incurable reader. Hosted by David Kern and featuring Tim McIntosh and Heidi White, alongside a couple of other occasional guests, we read Great Books and talk about them. This is a show for amateurs in the best sense. We’re book lovers, book enthusiasts. This is not an experts show and it’s barely literary analysis in the way that literary analysis is commonly understood. Instead it’s a show about experiences with literary urge. Join us!
Close Reads is presented by Goldberry Studios.
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    • 4.8 • 551 Ratings

Close Reads is a book-club podcast for the incurable reader. Hosted by David Kern and featuring Tim McIntosh and Heidi White, alongside a couple of other occasional guests, we read Great Books and talk about them. This is a show for amateurs in the best sense. We’re book lovers, book enthusiasts. This is not an experts show and it’s barely literary analysis in the way that literary analysis is commonly understood. Instead it’s a show about experiences with literary urge. Join us!
Close Reads is presented by Goldberry Studios.
A NOTE ABOUT OLDER EPISODES: Since most podcast apps don't go further back than 100 episodes, you'll need to click here to listen to anything further back than that. And our first 32 episodes can be found here, on the original CiRCE Institute feed.

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    A Confederacy of Dunces: Chapters 4-6

    A Confederacy of Dunces: Chapters 4-6

    Join David, Heidi, and Tim as they continue to discuss Ignatius J. Reilly and his "worldview," including some discussion about why he has to be quite so gross. Also: what's the deal with all the geometry talk?
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    • 49 min
    A Confederacy of Dunces: Chapters 1-3

    A Confederacy of Dunces: Chapters 1-3

    A Confederacy of Dunces is one of the more strange books we have ever done on this show, but over the next several weeks David, Heidi, and Tim are going to do their best to explain what makes it a worthwhile work of literature. This week they discuss the book's sad origin story, its medieval influences, its comedic core, and its outrageous protagonist.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    A Gathering of Old Men: Q&A Episode

    A Gathering of Old Men: Q&A Episode

    As usual, you asked great questions and we did our best to answer! Join David, Heidi, and Tim as they conclude their discussion of A GATHERING OF OLD MEN.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    A Gathering of Old Men: To the End

    A Gathering of Old Men: To the End

    Was justice met in the end? Why does the story end with Lou Dimes' perspective? Is the ending satisfying? Is it happy? These and other questions were address on this week's episode. Join David, Heidi, and Tim as they dive into the final pages of A Gathering of Old Men.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Gathering of Old Men: 110-167

    A Gathering of Old Men: 110-167

    This week David, Tim, and Heidi discuss which characters are most villainous in Ernest Gaines' novel, and dig in to the narrative and dramatic effect of leaving the gathering of old men right in the middle of the story.
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    • 53 min
    A Gathering of Old Men: 58-110

    A Gathering of Old Men: 58-110

    This week we're discussing the introduction of the white characters to the story, whether the sheriff is a good or bad guy, and much more!
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
551 Ratings

551 Ratings

374Mike ,

Beautiful!

I look forward to hearing David, Heidi, and Tim celebrate the true, good, and beautiful in literature! What a gift!

ceagled ,

Awesome

Searched for so long for something like this. Great guests when they have them on their show. Discussions here add so much more to the books.

Iz1234556880 ,

Absolutely love

I absolutely love this podcast! Even though I graduated college and graduate school studying English literature, I’ve learned way more listening to them. I always find myself “jumping” in the conversations at different paces! I even got my mom listening to them so we could discuss the episodes further! Please don’t stop them! I love Heidi’s opinions and her insights. David asks great questions, love the banter and rabbit trails, and I also really appreciate Tim and his comments!

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